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Evangelicals Doomed the Republican Party, God and (Maybe) America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I feel sorry for God. With his "friends" helping the Republicans to screw up our planet for profit he's in as much trouble as the Republican Party is. God needs better friends and evangelicals need a better (or no) theology.

Insurance Mixes Theology and Politics

Sally Steenland | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Sally Steenland

Sadly, many readers of Kristof's column responded in similar ways to the audience at the Republican primary debate. One wrote, "Not sure why I'm to feel guilty about your friend's problem. I take care of myself and mine, and I am not responsible for anyone else." Oh, really?

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.

Uncomfortable God Metaphors In High Holiday Prayers

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

I do not conceive of God as a person and find the symbol of an autocrat to be problematic, rather than majestic. Yet the melody of the Avinu Malkeinu remains haunting, and the effect it has on me is powerful. That is, until I stop to think about the meaning of the words themselves.

The Deadly Cost of Worshiping the Bible Instead of God

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.18.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Anything that leads to murder should raise doubts about its legitimacy when put in service of so-called spiritual truth. That killing was done "for God" and yet didn't lead to a complete re-think about the theological "approach" to a relationship with God is simply insane.

The Importance Of A Theological Education

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Pierre R. Berastaín

We harbor our own evil-doers in the United States: those who picket little girls' funerals, those who incite anger by promoting Qur'an-burning events, and those who use hatred and bigotry rather than love and reason.

The Importance of Sacred Language

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Rabbinic sages often referred to humans as 'creatures that speak.' While language that we find for sacred experience may be inadequate to convey the significance of that experience, it is upon us to search for those words.

Finding Language To Describe God

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The lack of words for the Sacred is like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of my religious practices: I cannot both fully experience the Sacred and fully describe that experience at the same time.

Conserve Or Transform: Religion’s Dilemma

David M. Gordis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
David M. Gordis

We need to nurture our ability to hear as well as to speak, to learn as well as to teach, and to do our best to enhance the quality of life for all people. This requires a radical transformation in our understanding of the meaning of religious truth.

Jerry Newcombe Doesn’t Just Get Hell Wrong; He Gets It All Wrong

Kevin Miller | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

What a surprise: An evangelical leader takes advantage of a tragic situation to utter foolish and insensitive remarks designed not to comfort the afflicted but rather to remind us why he and his people are right, and the rest of the world is wrong.

George Zimmerman and God-Sponsored Racism

Michael W. Waters | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Zimmerman's theological argument for killing Trayvon Martin makes total sense to me in that I actually believe that Zimmerman has convinced himself of what he has verbally stated -- that this is God's plan.

5 Reasons To Stop Calling Things 'God's Plan'

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch member charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida, used it this week in an interview with Sean Hannity. But the phrase and accompanying dangerous theology is bigger than Zimmerman.

4 Cringe-worthy Claims Of Popular Penal Substitution Theology

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Problems in popular penal substitution theology might be a reflection of the "juvenilization" of American evangelical Christianity. When church becomes youth group for adults, explanations that speak on a teenage level become the norm for everybody.

75 Lutheran Women Scholars Praise and Reaffirm Sr. Margaret Farley

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.25.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

In these discouraging days, we write to praise and reaffirm the theological discernment and moral creativity of all your work.

Don't Know Much About a New Generation of Catholic Theologians...

Tobias Winright | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Tobias Winright

We are not some homogenous group. While we are unified in many important respects, we are not uniform.

A Theology Of America's Zombie Apocalypse

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to say if the pop culture popularity has influenced similar copycat killers, or if the zombie craze simply has made us more sensitive to similar real-life stories. Either way, both the fictional tales and actual news items may speak to something going on in our collective imaginations.

PHOTOS: A Walk Through The Redwoods: Glimpses Of God

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's really hard to explain what is so sacred about that space if you haven't been there. I can only hope that the photos communicate at least a little bit of the moment.

Are You Still Renting Space in Plato's Cave?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Observe your thinking and be sure to evaluate this difference. Whatever we end up thinking becomes our reality.

Who or What Is God?

Peter Baksa | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

What is the story you are telling yourself? How does this story keep you stuck, fearful, angry and arguing for more of the same?

New Research Hints At 'Underpinnings' Of Religious Faith

| Greg Miller | Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

Many people with religious convictions feel that their faith is rock solid. But a new study finds that prompting people to engage in analytical thinki...

The God Hypothesis

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.20.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

The gods worshipped by billions either exist or they do not. And those gods, if they exist, must have observable consequences. Thus, the question of their existence is a legitimate scientific issue that has profound import to humanity.

Jesus' Death As Sacrifice?

Greg Carey | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

There's a problem with penal substitution. Biblical sacrifices do not represent human attempts to purchase forgiveness; instead, they offer a ritual means of acknowledging the costliness of sin and alienation from God.

The Gospel Redefined

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Carl Medearis

I don't want to redefine salvation. But I do want us to redefine the Gospel. It's a person to be followed. To believe in. To love and worship. Not a religion. Not even ours.

New Atheists Promote Bible Study?

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The brutality of ancient scripture is indeed an inconvenient truth -- a truth that outspoken atheists are all too happy to point out.

Santorum's Augustinian Theology

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

In the eyes of Augustine and his intellectual heirs, the concept of "liberty" was closely intertwined with free will. It is the classic theological question: If God is omniscient and omnipotent, can human beings truly be called free?