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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?

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.