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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.

Would Jesus Be Gay For A Day?

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

Today has been declared a National Day of Silence in honor of the many LGBT students that are bullied into silence regarding their sexuality. There is something very powerful about choosing to identify with someone different.

A Broken Heart And A Man Named Daniel

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

All of his heroic stories shaped who I am. I never questioned whether or not the miraculous things that occurred in the book of Daniel were really legit. Today, I found out that they were not and sat with my mouth agape and my heart tormented.

Why I Love The Universe More Than I Love God

Yolo Akili | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Yolo Akili

It does not conjure thoughts of one person or entity. It does not invoke a man, a prophet or a hierarchy. It invokes us, and by calling on it we affirm that we are a part of the power that answers our own prayers and wishes.

What We Mean When We Say 'God'

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We need religion that encourages personal questioning and critical thinking. We need less doctrine and more humble acknowledgement of mystery. We need more of what the early Hasidic rabbis of Eastern Europe called mochin d'gadlut -- an open, expansive mind.

I am Not a Gun-Virgin (and Other Responses to My Critics)

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The debate over gun-control seems to boil down to a lot of assumptions both sides make about the other, and about what a safe society looks like.

Golf: The Game of Life

Thomas Moore | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

I don't like to think of the heart as a piece of plumbing, a pump, even though I come from a family of plumbers. The heart is the seat of the soul. Nor do I think of golf as mere physical exercise or as a meaningless game. With a certain frame of mind, you can see it as a spiritual practice.

The Souls Of Our Dogs: A Valentine's Day Tribute To Our Best Friends

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Prepare your best Saint Valentine's Day cards for them. Our pets are our sisters and our brothers, and they call us to be better people and better stewards of creation than we are now.

You Might Be Surprised at How Helpful a Professional Chaplain Can Be, While Not Being 'Religious'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Professional chaplains are among the few caregivers in the hospital who have the time to sit and listen to the patient and family members. We listen without an agenda and work to support the patient and family members in whatever ways we can.

The Theology Of Ray Lewis

Rev. Tim Schenck | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Tim Schenck

In the immediate aftermath of the Super Bowl, a reporter asked Lewis, "How does it feel to be a Super Bowl Champion?" He responded "When God is for you, who can be against you?" This sets up a dangerous dualistic approach where you're either on God's side or not.

An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

LaPierre does have a point. We do need to address the way our culture glorifies violence. But the priority must be to stop the bleeding.

The Radical Vulnerability Of God

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Each year, within every cycle of time, it comes round again: the radical vulnerability of God, willingly chosen out of desire for intimacy with a complicated, hard-headed and desperately tender world.

God Without Religion

George Elerick | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

The fact is, this is a man's world. War of the Sexes We've all heard this. It is both true and and soul-destroying. But for whom? Don't women benefi...

Newtown: A Crisis of Faith

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Eliezer Sobel

But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?

Grieving Newtown: Seven Lessons In Healthy Sorrow

Greg Garrett | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

I've been asked to write about theology and violence after every recent mass shooting, and I am sick to death of doing so, but the Newtown shootings feel different to me.

The Challenge And Promise Of Advent

Steve Knight | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

"It is only if we really enter into Advent that we can be surprised, astonished, blown away by the coming of that which so far exceeds what is possible, what is programmable..."

Liberal Theology And The Uncertainness Of God

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Our theology is both a faith statement and a process of reflection. Our faith teaches us that we can expect to continue to be inspired, to learn from one another, and to seek out that spiritual growth.

If Jesus Hates Anything Maybe It's Theology

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

  Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. The...