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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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IS IDOLATRY A SIN, OR SOMETHING EVEN WORSE?

As Ancient Israel came to understand it, idolatry is the act of conferring divine status on something that is merely human. The result is the deformation of the gloriously human into inglorious idols. It is no wonder that the word … 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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