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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.

Another Reminder of the Power of Evil

Richard Brand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

And so it drags on for another day. The two sides continue to demonize each other. The solution to the problem is that the "other side" ought to just give in and give up. Both sides wrap themselves up in the "arrogance of righteousness."

Online Communion Sparks Questions for Digital Age

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Is it crazy to discuss conducting this most historic act of faithfulness through a mediated form that is foreign to our historic understanding?

The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown.

How Jesus Took America Hostage -- "American Jesus" the Movie

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

American Jesus shows that in the American religious community life goes on as if the Enlightenment had never taken place.

A Religion of One's Own

Thomas Moore | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

Learn from the world's religions and spiritual traditions. You don't have to join or believe. Find insights and methods and beautiful expressions and images. Don't separate secular from sacred.

Response to Feedback on 'Is There Room for God in Jainism?'

JAINA | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
JAINA

My time with Maharaji and with ISJS allowed me to discover that the notion of God is not bound by such strict parameters in India. Rather, God is made more infinite and more personal simultaneously.

The Altar, the Pulpit and the Clergy

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the early days of Christendom, the altar has always been in the center of the chancel area, with the pulpit on one side of the of the chancel and the lectern (from where announcements and scripture are read) on the other side.

God's Guidance of the Ethical Evolution of our Species

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here's an excerpt from my new book And God Said, "Billy!" One may nurture, respect and love tradition and yet grow in the light of the logic of our ...

Which Niebuhr, President Obama?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Taken together, the Niebuhrs represent a tension at the heart of American liberal democracy: the desire to stand against evil decisively versus the need for self-reflection central to a moral community.

Prairie Theology: Jonathan Soard at the Swope Art Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

We in the West are inheritors of a compelling idea: There is a world of matter and looming over it, a world of spirit. I am reminded of this motif when considering the work of painter Jonathan Soard's exhibit Between Heaven and Earth: Inspirations.

How an Episcopal Priest Is Using Stories and Humor to Teach Others About Christianity

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The Bible is funny -- the stories of Sarah and Jonah and Zaccheus and Zachariah crack me up every time I read them; so do some of the conversations between Moses and the Israelites... We miss some of the wit and rhyme in translations, but much is still there in English."

Is There Room for God in Jainism?

JAINA | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
JAINA

Although God does not fit in Jain theory, God may in some way fit in Jain praxis. It is this that I would like to consider.

Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

Craig Considine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

Who?

Mona R. Washington | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Mona R. Washington

If and when The World spends too much time and energy contemplating a person who demonstrates a heartbreakingly ignorant, rude, and ahistoric worldview to a politically Conscious Person who gives a damn about correcting The World's tragic mistake.

God as a 'Scientific Object'

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

We shouldn't focus on God in reality (because we will never understand God in that way) and should instead focus on God as we understand the divine right now, which can change and grow based on new knowledge, the way scientists have thought of and talked about scientific objects.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

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.