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BEING RELIGIOUS AND BEING SPIRITUAL: BRIDGING THE DIFFERENCES

One sure way to turn an enlightening conversation into an overheated one is to introduce religion or politics into it. Rather than bringing people together for a common purpose, both tend to push people apart — and keep them there. … 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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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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FINDING ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT FAITH

For people struggling with questions like these, religion might seem the best place to look for answers. But what kind of answers are they likely to find there? Most likely, answers that reflect the outlook of only each religion by … 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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GETTING BEYOND THE QUESTION OF SUFFERING: A CHRISTMAS WISH

This holiday season, a member of our family continues to struggle with a nerve injury that can generate pain intense enough to take the joy out of living. Her doctors cannot relieve her suffering enough by medication, and I cannot … Continue reading

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FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH SINGING “KUM BA YAH”?

There are times in life when about all we can do is cry out our needs and hope that, somehow, somewhere, someone will help us. When I was a teen-ager, what drove this home especially powerfully was a song that … Continue reading

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