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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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THE DIVINE AND THE HUMAN SOURCES OF RELIGIOUS SCRIPTURES

A common teaching of at least three religious traditions is that their scriptures were written down under direct, divine inspiration. The important word here is “direct.” Its primary purpose is to minimize the role of the human scribe(s) in the … 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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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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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE?

A lot of readers have asked me this question lately. They’ve also shared with me two answers to it that they have found especially unhelpful. One answer goes like this: pray harder for the wisdom to understand the belief in … 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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WHEN SPIRITUALITY WENT GLOBAL

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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