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Not just LGBT Issues: Why Hundreds of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations

David Briggs | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.

Theologians Ask How Christianity Is Changing

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Last weekend the Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in Berkeley. We read the first papers presented by its founding members. Each one had the title "What is Essential in the Christian Religion," followed by a subtitle that more precisely described that author's project.

How Technology Changes Theology

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Indeed, technology -- like humanity and like God in process theology -- evolves. The challenge is that it's hard to determine when technology's evolution becomes a blessing and when it becomes a curse.

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

Divine Wife-Beating and Three Things God's Wrath Cannot Be

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

God's wrath, properly understood, makes the good news about King Jesus truly moving. That is, we must understand that the wrath of God is most definitely not divine wife-beating, however poetic Piper thinks such a sentiment to be (yikes).

Future Pastors Will Get Science Training With This New $1.5 Million Grant

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include sc...

The Secular Theologian

Thomas Moore | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

If you were to visit Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park and watch it spout its boiling spray on schedule, you might stand in awe and won...

God Redux II

Francis Levy | Posted 10.07.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

To have a spiritual life or not? That's not the question. It's how you populate or furnish it. Religious people cotton to the notion of a master plan...

Faith Perspectives for the UN Climate Summit: Ecotheology in GIFs

Carolyn Davis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week, and many of the marchers who flooded the streets of downtown New York came representing a multitude of faith traditions.

My Journey to Feminism: How Questioning Religion Started it All

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Erin McKelle

My journey with religion is really important to my journey to feminism, because if I had never had the courage to rebel and go against what I had been told, I probably would have never found feminism.

Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

I never met Mr. Seeger, but in my journey as a writer, I've been privileged to meet and befriend other artists. Two of them, Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell, are national treasures in their native England and Canada respectively. Both are musicians and poets -- and both are marking milestones just now.

A Christian Response to ISIS (According to Jesus)

Carl Medearis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Forgiveness, love, choosing to lay down our lives is the most difficult path in the face of real enemies. Evil is real. But love is far more powerful.

Pannenberg's Passing

Leona Foxx | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

The twentieth century is now over. The giants are dead. Long live the giants! I'm talking theologically here. In intense times the Holy Spirit raises...

Proclaiming a Theology After Ferguson

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I have always contended that we must both proclaim and do theology in public. For theology to mean something, it must become a public theology.

How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for Me

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.

Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church

Rod Snyder | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.

Are You 'Spiritual' but Not Religious?

Peter Baksa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Peter Baksa

So what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious? One includes the other, right? Well, yes and no.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"

My Mother's Creed Was 'Create Beauty, Give Love, Find Peace'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972 "The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and ...

Reading Maimonides in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

The Bible and Lethal Injection: Why the Man Who Wrote Oklahoma's Law Opposed the Death Penalty

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

Bill Wiseman dreamed of America embracing the Bible's counter-narrative, rejecting blood vengeance, admitting that we sometimes get it wrong, and sending a clear message that we are a people of mercy and redemption.

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.