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PUTTING CONTROVERSIES ASIDE FOR THE SAKE OF FAITH

Every religion contains diverse understandings of both the personhood and the message of its founder. This should in no way, however, undermine the integrity and rejoicing with which each religion offers its understandings to the world. Buddhism, for example, includes … Continue reading

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MORALITY, SPIRITUALITY, AND FOLLOWING THE RULES

You’ve heard it countless times: “if we make an exception for you, we will have to make it for everyone.” Maybe you’ve even said it to someone yourself. The thinking behind this statement seems to be that making an exception … Continue reading

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BRINGING DOWN THE ANGER IN CONFLICTS OVER FAITH

People who disagree on matters of religious belief and action are finding it harder and harder not to get angrier and angrier with each other. Is this just a sign of the times? Disagreements are turning into verbal warfare and … Continue reading

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DOES GOD HAVE TO OBEY THE RULES?

In most religions, stories abound of gods and goddesses doing things that thoughtful believers and inquirers find morally repugnant and ethically indefensible. What kinds of things? Well, for one, demanding peoples’ loyalty while remaining indifferent to their suffering. Or inflicting … Continue reading

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WITH GRATITUDE FOR KEPLER 452b: EXOPLANETS AND FAITH

Having relegated us to cosmic insignificance, astrophysicists now force us to deal with a question that cannot be comfortable even to them. The question is: Could it be that humans on this planet are the only beings in the universe … Continue reading

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HOW MUCH CONTROL DOES GOD NEED IN ORDER TO BE GOD?

A substantial majority of people in our society say that they believe in God. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether the God they believe in is directly involved in human affairs or remote from them altogether. Either way, the … Continue reading

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IN THE BEGINNING WAS … THE WISH?

Modern culture poses many challenges to people seeking a credible spirituality. Of them, two are proving especially difficult to overcome. The first is that, as currently practiced, religion too often hinders rather than helps individual maturation, social well-being, and the … Continue reading

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO GIVE UP ON GOD?

Not without thinking hard about what a God should be like, if there is one. Not without giving up being angry that there isn’t. And not without giving up hope that there still might be. Not everyone meets the first … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE FAITH-FILLED WITHOUT BEING RELIGIOUS

Too often, “being religious” amounts to little more than being loyal to a particular religion’s institutions and traditions. And even worse, to those alone — other religions don’t count. Nor do those who subscribe to them. There is an important … Continue reading

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“COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER”: IS IT STILL POSSIBLE?

In politics, rational discussion may be an idea past its prime. Reasoning together about social issues has become more pretense than inquiry, and its end winning rather than discovering. But what about in religion? After all, this invitation comes from … Continue reading

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