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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.

How George Fox University Created a Double Standard of Exclusion for Transgender Student

Jake Dockter | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Jake Dockter

GFU should not get to respect a student on paper, in press releases, and in letters by using their preferred pronoun but then in practice and policy choose not to. If you choose to see Jayce as he is in one context, you must see him as he wholly in all situations.

Sacred Space in an Unlikely Place

Phil Shepherd | Posted 07.07.2014 | Taste
Phil Shepherd

On what I like to call my "free days," I do essentially anything I want... within reason, of course (insert evil grin here). But honestly, the crazies...

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am a Christian. I love Christians. I have great hope for the Christian church. But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me.

Hamlet, Faustus and Luther: Founts of Hilarity in Wittenberg

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.14.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Friendly antagonists: Dan Hiatt, right, as the pious Martin Luther, Michael Stevenson as the irreverent Doctor Faustus Alas, poor Hamlet! Metho...

The Bible Is Not a Sword

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

I think the Bible is a great read, but it's not a sword. The sword of the Spirit is way more dangerous than our petty arguments about which political position the Bible supports.

Embraced by the Virtual Body of Christ

Deanna A. Thompson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Deanna A. Thompson

We who care about religious communities must also pay close attention to ways in which online religious ideas and practices--even the virtual presence of the one Christians call Christ--manage to make real bodily difference in the actual world.

Theology, Taboos, and Creative Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In two very different surveys, Protestants who expressed more anxiety about depravity and taboo emotions ended up choosing the most creative careers and having the most creative achievements. This was not true of Catholics or Jews.

The Problematic Message of the Story of the Man Saved From the Malaysia Airlines Flight by Shabbat

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.

The Doniger Controversy and the Need for Hindu Theologians

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The need for Hindu theologians is indispensable. In their absence, the gap will be filled by many who lack training -- classically or academically -- who do a disservice to the theological universality.

On Being Weak

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

We're afraid that everyone will know we're an impostor, a fake and a weakling. But here's the thing: I am weak. And that's not something I need to be ashamed of. What is shameful is pretending I'm not.

Jesus Was a Marxist, Not a Theologian

George Elerick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
George Elerick

Sin, from the Hebrew is chait, one of the functions of this kind of sin was that it was defined individually and singularly, meaning that it wasn't something chronically wrong, but something someone bought into -- an ideology.

8 Ways Pope Francis Is Changing the Conversation

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Pope Francis is being celebrated for his ability to change the conversation of the Roman Catholic Church. His communication skills coupled with the stature of the papacy have brought a new tone to discourse within the church and captivated those of us outside that communion.

For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor, your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is. But I have been far less moved by what you have been saying about women.

The Best Prophets and Theologians Question You and God

Joel L. Watts | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Both Jesus and Cato the Younger were very much prophets because they spoke truth against the injustices of the day and in the face of absentee gods, continued to move forward.

Pope Makes Great Change

Richard Brand | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

Perhaps if the Church had been less rigid, dogmatic, and judgmental on the sexual pressures in the human person, there might have been less priestly misconduct on sexual assaults.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

New Documentary Celebrates C.S. Lewis and the Acclaimed Author's Quest for Meaning

Juan Vidal | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Juan Vidal

For many years, C.S. Lewis struggled heavily with the argument for intelligent design. "One of the things that may surprise viewers," said John West, editor of The Magician's Twin, "is just how angry Lewis's atheism could be in his earlier years."

God's Coming Phase Change: Can the Rising Generation Get Religion Right?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

God is real. Beyond all dispute, God exists as a powerful concept in the minds of believers. This is no trivial statement.

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

Of Course: Women Pastors and Bishops

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

Women kept responding to God's call, even when churches through the ages said, "Can't you wait a few more years, decades, centuries?"

The Gravity in Gravity

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.