Category Archives: Faith Challenges

IF FAITH IS THE ANSWER, WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS?

At a critical time in my search for a credible faith, I came across the writings of Paul Tillich. I have never been the same since, because they gave me an answer to a question that I have never been … Continue reading

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TRUTH, COMMUNITY, AND INTEGRITY IN THE LIFE OF FAITH

At their most mature, faith communities share their deepest convictions about the Sacred, the world, and human destiny with humility and a sense of gratitude. At their worst, they impose their convictions with arrogance and a sense of superiority. To … Continue reading

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IS “ORGANIZED RELIGION” HELPFUL TO A VITAL FAITH?

Growing numbers of people in the Western world no longer believe so. And for good reasons, even if not decisive ones. There is a distressing sameness about the history of most religious institutions. Typically, they begin with exquisite sensitivity to … Continue reading

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ONE GOD, BUT WHICH PROPHET?

Most faith traditions contain beliefs that once were at the very core of their teaching, but are no longer. Beliefs such as: God favors polygamy. They also uphold beliefs deemed binding upon followers at all times and everywhere. Beliefs such … Continue reading

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IS GOD’S MIND CHANGEABLE?

If the first stories in the Bible are any indication, this is a more difficult question to answer than it might seem. Most of the traditions which are based on them — whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim — draw sharp … 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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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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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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