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The Nature of Evil

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew

Derek Flood | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We have come to associate guilt today with negative ideas like "guilt-trips," and with feelings of shame. As a result, when the subject of guilt and sin are brought up, our defensive walls go up, too.

Why I Ditched a Shame-Based Faith

Heather Kopp | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

I often write about the power of shame in the context of recovery. But shame is a human problem, and long-time Christians are in no ways immune. I was a Christian--and a slave to shame--for more than a decade before I became a slave to alcohol.

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

Micah J. Murray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.

Were There Mushrooms in Eden?

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

What happened when humanity lost its innocence, as represented allegorically in the Eden story, is not that biological existence began, but that the harmonic balance of the food chain started to be skewed.

Cold as Hell: The Chilling Effect of Global Warming

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Hell is normally depicted as a "lake of fire," as in Revelation 20:10. This week in the Midwest, however, Hell is likely to look more like lakes of ice, as dangerous cold from a polar vortex.

The Problem With Christians is That They Are People, and Sometimes People Suck

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

"I like Jesus, it's his followers I can't stand" That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to try to t...

From Dallas to Sandy Hook: Lord Have Mercy

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

This week we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre of school children in Sandy Hook.

Marshall Mathers Buckles Down and Faces the Music

Andy Hoglund | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

In a year when some the rap's heavyweights pushed their craft either creatively (in the case of Kanye West's innovative Yeezus), or by breaking new marketing ground (such as Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail) the smaller scale ambitions of Eminem seem quaint by comparison.

Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.

Pope Francis, You Had Me at Hello, and Lost Me at Sinner

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

With all due respect to the spectacular new pontiff, (and he is spectacular), a sinner is not who I am, or for that matter, who he is. Or anyone.

Sin, The Garage Theatre, Long Beach, CA

James Scarborough | Posted 12.18.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

Sin shows how a late arrival to self-awareness, coupled with self-forgiveness, is better than a lifetime of ignorance. While the concept ane plotting are good, the script doesn't hold together.

Adam, Eve and the Serpent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is found in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Whether you inter...

My Dear God, Make It Clean: Confession and Psalm 51

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God can renew and refurbish our spirits, our hearts, our drive, our attitudes. God can give us a positive, willing, and steadfast spirit to live and learn from mistakes and to change direction. Yes, God can.

Pope Francis To Non-Believers: Obey Your Conscience

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 11) penned a long letter to the Italian lib...

Sin, Repentance And Yom Kippur

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

We are not born in sin; we are each born with powerful tendencies to both good and evil and the drama of human character is in the struggle and balance between the two. The corrective mechanism is teshuva, repentance.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Lines Must Be Drawn In Syria

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

War is contrary to the will of God. That is a foundational belief of mine. Any time force is used it must be seen as a failure of the human imagination to develop the just peace needed to free the world from on-going conflicts.

Charlotte: Pride Returns to Friendlier City, Faith Community

Victor Lopez | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Victor Lopez

The Catholic Church probably won't start marrying gay couples anytime soon, but Francis' olive branch shows the evolution of a church whose leadership just 25 years ago issued a letter to bishops calling homosexuality an "intrinsic moral evil" and "an objective disorder."

When Sin Is a 5-Letter Word

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

The original meaning of the word "sin" is to fall short of an ideal or to "miss the mark." That's all of us. Every day. But these days, we're more likely to equate sin with evil and immorality. We imbue the word with a dark and loathsome intent.

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

Who Forgives Whom?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.21.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

There's long been a theological debate as to whether we sin against one another or sin against God. If we sin against one another, then forgiveness i...

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Every senseless, horrific act of violence brings up the question of good vs. evil, and when you read that children have died by violence there's even more reason to shudder and doubt.

Confessing My Ocean Sins

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Wallace J Nichols

Forgive me, Mother Ocean, for I have sinned. It has been, well, forever since my last ocean confession.

Is Income Inequality A Sin?

Ronald J. Sider | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ronald J. Sider

If we believe what the Bible says about God's concern for the poor; if we believe what the Bible says about justice; then we must denounce the gross inequality of opportunity and income in our country today as blatantly sinful.