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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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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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WHEN RELIGION BECOMES UNHEALTHY FOR THE SOUL

 For some people, religion isn’t something that can become unhealthy. It’s something that is unhealthy, all the time. Freud’s classic statement on the subject was that religion is a “universal obsessional neurosis.” Many mental health professionals still agree with him. … Continue reading

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TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE: ARE THESE FAITH’S ONLY OPTIONS?

The logic of believing seems simple enough. Beliefs are either true or false. We should stand up for those that are true and walk away from those that aren’t. And we should learn how to distinguish the one from the … Continue reading

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DOES FAITH NEED THEOLOGY?

Theology is both an off-putting word and a perplexing enterprise. Its dense definitions and seemingly unfathomable doctrines make it hard to appreciate just what service it renders either to faith or the search for it. And yet, its subject matter … Continue reading

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FAITH’S HEALTHIER WORRIES

As faith grows, so does inner peace. But the growth process itself can be turbulent, particularly when it is in a religious community that is unwilling to respect questions, doubts, and most of all, disagreements. Faith is not likely to … 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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SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH FAITH

For many people, faith is about believing what they are told to believe, with no questions asked. For me, it is about searching for the best and not just the accepted in every religious tradition. It is about bringing our … Continue reading

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