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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...

Uncle Walt Disney As Spiritual Guide

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Let me confess: I was an early theological critic of Uncle Walt, which he was often enthusiastically called. He represented a spiritual point of view sharply antithetical to mine.

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.