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Blog Entries by Alan Lurie

Why Does God Hide?

1 Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 05:50 PM (EST)

Bertrand Russell, the great British philosopher, logician, social activist, and outspoken critic of religion and faith, when asked what he would say if he met his maker after death, famously answered, "God, you gave us insufficient evidence."

This notion, that God's presence is hidden, is a significant dilemma for many,...

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Reframing the Conversation After 'Anatomy of an Angry Atheist'

137 Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 12:26 PM (EST)

My last post, "Anatomy of an Angry Atheist," was atypical for me. My book, writings, and teachings try to focus on spiritual, practical insights that can help others to lead happier, more effective and passionate lives. They spring from my personal experiences and struggles, and although I often...

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Anatomy of an Angry Atheist

119 Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 10:34 AM (EST)

For several years I led a monthly lunch-time Bible study class in midtown Manhattan that brought together business people from very divergent backgrounds and beliefs. During a reading of the Biblical account of creation, we discussed whether these ancient stories are meant to be factual reporting of historic events, or...

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Time for an Islamic Reformation.

Posted June 14, 2010 | 05:58 PM (EST)

Since a New York City community board voted on May 25 in favor of the construction of Cordoba House, a13 story Islamic center and Mosque to be built on a site two blocks from the fallen Twin Towers, there has been a storm of response in the media and on...

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The Cause of All Abuse of Women

Posted May 8, 2010 | 12:47 PM (EST)

This blog is the first in a series written to and about men, and is based on the premise that men and women are essentially different. For some, this premise may arouse anger, contempt, or dismissal. These reactions are understandable. For most of recorded history, and in most cultures, women...

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Learning From the Reality of Death

Posted March 9, 2010 | 05:21 PM (EST)

Last week my wife Shirona and I watched the most powerfully honest, riveting, and provocative film that I have ever seen. Titled The Suicide Tourist, this film, which aired on PBS, is a documentary that follows the last days of Craig Ewert, a 59 year old retired Chicago professor who,...

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Distinguishing Rage from Anger

Posted March 1, 2010 | 12:55 PM (EST)

1996: I am driving home to Atlanta from Charlotte, after a long and difficult day at work. Traffic is slow, and I am blocked by passing trucks and slow drivers. Finally I break free of the pack, and hit the gas.

Smooth sailing, I think.

A few minutes...

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Awakening from the Sleep of Spirit

Posted January 24, 2010 | 05:44 PM (EST)

There are several forms of sleep:
• The nightly sleep, which gives our bodies and minds relief from the stresses of the day.
• The dream state, which allows our subconscious to communicate our hidden conflicts and desires.
• The sleep of the spirit, which gives...

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Prophetic Dreams

Posted January 12, 2010 | 08:59 PM (EST)

In my dream I am standing in a hazy, cool, featureless landscape. A movement stirs the air in the distance, comes toward me, and slowly forms in to the figure of a man. As he emerges I begin to discern some details: He is short and stocky, dressed in a...

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How Companies Evolve

Posted January 4, 2010 | 09:52 AM (EST)

We may think that the world of business -- hard-nosed, bottom line environment -- does not welcome moral and spiritual growth, and, in fact, that such growth may be detrimental because spiritually committed leaders and employees might be less likely to make the tough decisions needed in a competitive environment....

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Freeing God and Religion from the Confines of Faith and Reason: Part 2

Posted December 14, 2009 | 09:34 AM (EST)

In my last blog, I wrote about the extreme positions that surround many conversations about religion and God. I noted the obvious dangers inherent in such extreme positions, which humanity has witnessed in devastating effect, from the insane massacre of innocents by religious fundamentalists who believe that they are acting...

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Freeing God And Religion From The Confines Of Faith And Reason

Posted November 15, 2009 | 11:50 AM (EST)

Over the last six months that I've been blogging for the Huffington Post, I have written about a variety of subjects - primarily about how to find spirituality in our every day activities. Most of these blogs receive a small amount of comments, but occasionally, when I include the topic...

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Listening To The Call Of Growth

Posted November 2, 2009 | 04:07 PM (EST)

In the Talmud - the encyclopedic compilation of Jewish moral and ethical debate - can be found this beautiful and mysterious sentence:

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'

For some, this sentence presents several obstacles to understanding its message. First, based...

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The Stages of Moral Development

Posted September 14, 2009 | 11:20 AM (EST)

You may have seen the recent installment of advertisements for HSBC bank. Titled "Different Values," these new ads feature three pictures of the same object with three different captions. The most compelling of these ads features the picture of a lost wallet lying open on the sidewalk, with the captions...

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Four Ways to Find Fulfillment at Work

Posted August 31, 2009 | 02:20 PM (EST)

Recently I met with a young man who was struggling at his job. A mutual friend recommended that I speak with him to see if I could provide any guidance. The young man told me that he dreaded getting up every morning to go to work, and that he came...

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3 Ways To Develop Gratitude (The Great Healer)

Posted August 24, 2009 | 01:04 PM (EST)

We live in extraordinarily complex and confusing times, and many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our lives and the difficulty in navigating a world in which so much seems to be out of our control. We may have become resigned to the belief that the best...

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Stop Complaining!

Posted August 9, 2009 | 07:55 PM (EST)

I recently attended a music concert, and sitting next to me was a man I had met briefly before, but had never spoken to at length. I turned toward him and said,
"Hi. How's life?"
"How's life?" he answered. "What kind of question is that? How do you...

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How Faith Develops

Posted August 3, 2009 | 09:25 AM (EST)

Last week I wrote about three possible responses to suffering, and soon received several comments noting that I did not include classic religious responses from the perspective of faith. Most deep religious traditions tell us that suffering comes from a mistaken belief that we are separate and purposeless, and from...

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Why do we Suffer? Three Possibilities

Posted July 27, 2009 | 08:59 AM (EST)

As a Rabbi, I've found that the most troubling spiritual question for most people is: "Why is life so difficult?" They want to understand why bad things happen -- especially to good people -- why things can't always be easy and comfortable and why we suffer. This question of suffering...

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The Three Characteristics of Extremism

Posted July 20, 2009 | 09:46 AM (EST)

If you, like me, grew up in the 1960's, were a bit of a nerd, dreamed of a brighter future, and loved science fiction, you were a Star Trek fan. If so, you may remember an episode titled "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". The story features two antagonists, one...

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