Tag Archives: Religious Traditions

HOW MUCH CONTROL DOES GOD NEED IN ORDER TO BE GOD?

A substantial majority of people in our society say that they believe in God. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether the God they believe in is directly involved in human affairs or remote from them altogether. Either way, the … Continue reading

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PERSONAL FAITH AND RELIGIOUS FAITH: THE DIFFERENCE

Once, and only once, my father shared with me what he thought faith is. “It’s believing,” he said, “that there is a Supreme Being.” I never could draw him out further. Perhaps that was for the best. The little that … 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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RELIGION, SCIENCE, AND THE NEXT STAGE OF WORLD HISTORY

Why do religious institutions do so many things to undermine the very purposes which give them life? Initially, they present themselves as vehicles for sharing inspiring visions of a Spiritual Community whose members offer respect, encouragement, and love to all. … 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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RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

Many believers pay no heed at all to religious traditions other than their own. Convinced that their way is the only way to salvation, they feel no need to. Respectful engagement with  diverse religious persuasions, however, is a crucial imperative … 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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