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Theology

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?

Santorum 'Theology' Quip a Sign of Fear-Based GOP Politics

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

More and more GOP politician­s are incapable of simply disagreeing intellectually with an opponent. Instead, they ground their opposition in innuendo, name-calling and flagrant lying to drive a false narrative born of suspicion and fear.

Mourning John Hick: One Of The Greatest Theologians Of Our Time

Joe Winkler | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Hick taught instead of preached ... Hick freed so many of us from the chains of our dogma to embrace our fellow human beings.

Maintaining A Relationship With God When Your Life Is Intolerable

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

God is there to help us get through those challenges, not to inflict them.

How The Placebo Effect Proves That God Exists

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

We can't find God, because, paradoxically, we are already the God that we are seeking.

Which God? The Real Difference Between Evangelical And Liturgical Churches

Ben Griffith | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Ben Griffith

But what I want the "Bill Maher"s of the world to know is that the evangelicals' God is not the best form of Christianity.

Broken In Fact, Beloved Indeed: Meditating On Sin At The End Of The Year

Lisa Anderson | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Lisa Anderson

I began to starve myself to death, and with an experience of sickness that infiltrated into every fiber of my physical, mental and spiritual being. 'What is sin' and 'what does it mean to be a sinner' became intensely personal questions for me.

The Day I Lost God

Dori Hartley | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Dori Hartley

On this one particular day, I saw something that was unintentionally broadcast, a flaw in the message, an undercover revelation. I witnessed a crack in the invisible something.

Eucharistic Adoration: A Radical Devotion

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Kneeling before the Eucharist we prayed in silence, chanted O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, but more importantly we became aware of the world around us. In this way, we united ourselves not only with Christ, but also with all humanity.

Three Cups Of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We're obsessed in today's world with facts. Every syllable uttered by people in positions of power is put under a microscope, and we, the general public, love nothing more than to have subterfuge reveal in the media spotlight.

Jesus, Bigotry And The Canaanite Woman

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.12.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Most Christians opt for one of these interpretations anyway because they can't imagine a third option: that Jesus was being a jerk.

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

Lee Speigel

Theology Professor Says Earthlings Are 'Ready To Share A Pew With Aliens'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 12.10.2011 | Weird News

If it turns out that Earthlings aren't alone in the universe and contact is eventually made between us and an extraterrestrial race, would we actually...

No Cause to Dispute Einstein -- Part 2

Victor Stenger | Posted 11.30.2011 | Technology
Victor Stenger

Causality is still a useful concept in all branches of science including physics and chemistry, as well as everyday life. But we also cannot assume that it is a universal principle that applies in all circumstances.

Killing the Church by Denigrating the Immediacy of God

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

We are smothering God. And our church. We're engaged in an unholy combination of implicit theocide and communal suicide.

Review: A Public Faith, by Miroslav Volf

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books
Ryan J. Bell

In his latest volume, Yale theologian Miroslav Volf puts his finger on one of the most relevant and hotly contested subjects in our world today -- the role of faith in public life.

Wall Street Bankers 'Answer Call' Of New Careers

Reuters | Lauren Tara LaCapra | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - In his 23 years as a banker, Adam Greene trotted the globe, closing billions of dollars' worth of deals for some of the world's biggest ba...

Everything Came from Nothing

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.12.2011 | Books
Victor Stenger

The theological claim that science cannot describe the origin of the universe and its laws in purely natural terms is refuted by the existence of plausible scenarios consistent with all knowledge that are fully worked out mathematically and published in reputable journals.

Harry Potter And Christian Theology

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Between 2,000 years of theologians and seven volumes of J.K. Rowling's nuanced prose, there is more than enough fodder for discussion. Consider, for instance, whether there's a God-figure in the series.

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Do Unitarian Universalists Have A Theology?

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.05.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Our contemporary churches are populated with Christians, atheists, humanists, Jews, Buddhists, and even Wiccans. Nevertheless, I will argue that we do have in fact have a theology that has been relatively clear and consistent through time.