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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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WHEN IN DOUBT, DOUBT MORE

A common perception about religious believers is that they think they have an edge over people who try to face life’s challenges without faith and on their own. There are at least two realities about faith that this perception ignores. … Continue reading

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EXCOMMUNICATION AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE SOUL

One thing that religions do well is to create bonds between people. They “bind” us together. Sometimes, though, the bindings become too tight. When they do, people whose thinking does not conform to the letter of their religious communities’ doctrines can … Continue reading

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GETTING BEYOND SINGLE-ISSUE RELIGION

First John says that we must “test the spirits, to see whether they are from God; for there are many false prophets about in the world.”( 4:1) Well said. There is one kind of test, however, that no prophet should … Continue reading

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TRUSTING OUR DOUBTS

Some believers find it hard to accept that reasonable questions can be asked about most things  their churches tell them never to doubt. For these believers and for their churches, to doubt is to sin. And the only atonement for … Continue reading

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BELIEVING THAT GOD IS, AND TRUSTING THAT GOD LOVES

A student says to his religion teacher: I’m not sure I still believe in God. The teacher says back: The real question is whether God still believes in you. This is an old, old story in church, university, and seminary … Continue reading

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IS A CONVERSION EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL FOR FAITH?

Many people can recall to the day, hour, and even minute when their faith began. And the experience with which it began. As if in a moment, they say, their old life passed away and a new one began. In … Continue reading

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THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF DOUBT

A common perception about religious believers is that they think they have an edge over people who try to face life’s challenges without faith and on their own. There are at least two realities about faith that this perception ignores. … Continue reading

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TRUST AND OBEY: IS THERE NO OTHER WAY?

Eventually if not sooner, every religious believer must find a way to deal with two especially difficult demands: to take more things on faith and do more things on orders than seem credible or necessary. It would be one thing … 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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