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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.

Time for a Panentheistic Revolution: An Ethical Theology of Connectedness

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Our goal as religious people must be to enable all of existence to thrive and flourish. Through a theology of panentheism, we elevate the significance of the non-divine in the world, because to some degree it, too, is divine.

A Theologian's Review of Man of Steel

Joel L. Watts | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Man of Steel delivers not just great action, fantastic special effects, warm and original dialogue, but the chance to explore our theology as told and re-told by the many who surround us in the cloud of witnesses or has holographic projections of our consciousness.

The True American Gods: Comic Book Heroes

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.

Doubt Is The Heart Of Belief

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Doubt does not undermine belief. It is central to belief, an indispensable part of accepting God and the mandates of a religious tradition. Even fervent believers have doubts -- lots of them.

John Piper's Tornado Tweets Stir Up A Theological Debate

Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Religion News Service (RNS) Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a seri...

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

The Queen Of The Sciences

William Grassie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

Philosophy and theology departments are increasingly irrelevant backwaters in the modern university, engaged in seemingly solipsistic debates. If they want to reclaim exalted status in the university and society, they would do well to embrace Big History.

Thinking in the 'Stacks'

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.01.2013 | Books
Rev. James Ellis, III

Maybe it certifies me as an old fogey even at 33, but I actually enjoy the Dewey Decimal System, and the associated process of flipping through books with your hands to see if the title you seek is or is not in the right place. There is something therapeutic and educational about that.