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WHEN SPIRITUALITY WENT GLOBAL

Many religious believers around the world are absolutely certain that nothing was worth remembering for very long about humankind’s spiritual journey until Abraham, Jesus, or Muhammad came along. My reading of history suggests otherwise. For decades, I have been contemplating … Continue reading

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THE BRAIN, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND GOD

How does the brain form consciousness? Note the form of this question. Neuroscientists aren’t asking whether the brain does it; they take this for granted. They only want to know how. And this is what makes their work a major … Continue reading

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HOLY AND UNHOLY FEAR

Surely it is time to get beyond extolling a god who, above all else, has to be feared. But coming to terms with this kind of deity has a long history, and letting go is not easy.  In ancient Persia, … Continue reading

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BELIEVING IS SEEING

Most people know that eventually, if not now, they will need well-crafted lenses to keep in focus what they want to see in the visible world. Not everyone knows, however, that they will need carefully formulated beliefs to bring into … Continue reading

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OUT OF DATE TRADITIONS AND UP TO DATE FAITH

One reason religious institutions have difficulty maintaining credibility is that the questions put to them often have no precedent in their traditions. Questions such as: Should historical research alone determine for faith whether Jesus, or the Buddha, or Muhammad believed … Continue reading

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EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND FAITH: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

On the basis of evidence and reason, it’s hard to understand the continuing debate on evolution. The belief that humans have evolved from less complex species of living beings is neither a deception of the devil nor “just” a theory. … Continue reading

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THE ROAD TO SALVATION IS PAVED WITH GOOD QUESTIONS

Is it possible to distinguish on our own what is true from what is false in faith? If the founders of some of the world’s major religions are any indication, the answer to this question has to be a grateful … Continue reading

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WHEN IMAGES OF GOD GO TERRIBLY WRONG

If it is true that no one ever sees God directly, then a lot about faith has to be left to the imagination. In order for faith to enliven the soul as well as enlighten the mind, it must have … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO GET LOST ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN

Where do people go to heal from the abuses that sick churches inflict upon them to save their souls? More than a few go to seminary. Many of own my students, at least, have told me very disturbing things about … Continue reading

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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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