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HOW NOT TO HONOR A RELIGION’S FOUNDER

For all of their differences, many of the world’s religions share at least two important beliefs about their respective founders. The first belief is that he experienced a uniquely transforming relationship with the Sacred. Whether it was to Moses, Zoroaster, … Continue reading

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RELIGIOUS BELIEF: A MATTER OF FACT AND A MATTER OF FAITH

On the face of it, religious beliefs look very much like assertions of fact. Take, for example, the belief that the universe was created in six days. However, when we assert something as fact we must offer relevant data and … Continue reading

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“AXIAL AGE” SPIRITUALITY: ITS LEGACY AND ITS PROMISE

Across the grand sweep of history, transformational events can occur as if in an instant. One sequence of such events worth contemplating has been referred to as an axial shift in humanity’s thinking about ultimate reality. What I have in … Continue reading

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A GLOBAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

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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FAITH, FACTS AND BELIEFS

On the face of it, religious beliefs look very much like assertions of fact. Take, for example, the belief that the universe was created in six days. However, when we assert something as fact we must offer relevant data and … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO LET SUFFERING UNDERMINE FAITH

All of the world’s great religions teach that suffering is a constant and major challenge to faith. The Buddha put it strikingly: human existence in the world is suffering. And faith should offer a way out of it. For some, … Continue reading

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IS THERE ONLY ONE “PIONEER AND PERFECTER” OF FAITH?

In the New Testament’s Book of Hebrews, at 12:2, this catchy characterization is reserved for only one man in the whole of human history, Jesus. Might it be applicable to other religious founders as well? For many Christians, a question … Continue reading

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IS FAITH A MATTER OF GETTING THE FACTS STRAIGHT?

A number of things can get in the way of a growing faith. One is a sense of obligation to affirm authoritative religious teachings, no matter what. Closely related to it is a willingness to overlook ambiguity, incompleteness, and even … 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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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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