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Why stir up suspicion?

In an age of “viral videos,” 24/7 cable channels, the Internet, and Facebook revolutions, we cannot control how these hearings will be framed, presented, and interpreted around the world.

By  | Mar 11, 2011 12:30 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

King’s hearings an un-American activity

Genuine conspiracies are unmasked through good intelligence work and the cooperation of informers.

By Susan Jacoby  | Mar 11, 2011 12:37 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A Sikh perspective on the King hearings

By vilifying the entire Muslim American community in both the letter and spirit of his upcoming hearings, Congressman Peter King and his supporters could make life palpably worse for Sikhs and Muslims in this country.

By Rajdeep Singh  | Mar 11, 2011 1:37 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The King hearings: dangerous for America

I challenge our country to rise above this crude and dangerous form of demagoguery.

By Barry Lynn  | Mar 11, 2011 1:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

CAIR’s cause for concern

By  | Mar 11, 2011 2:33 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

It’s time to hear from more Muslims

I understand the desire to investigate religious extremism, but these hearings are a gross affront to our freedoms and our principles.

By Chris Stedman  | Mar 11, 2011 2:39 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Rep. King’s hearing is the wrong answer to the wrong question

In today’s political climate, it may not ensure an “electoral win” to defend the rights of the American Muslim community, but there is no question that it is the right thing to do.

By Welton Gaddy  | Mar 11, 2011 3:33 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The truth about Muslims in America

Homegrown terrorism - of whatever stripe - is a serious issue that deserves serious attention. But a Congressional hearing singling out one religious community and framed by vague and unsubstantiated charges against the leadership of that community is both wrongheaded and dangerous.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Mar 11, 2011 3:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Aren’t there better ways to do intelligence work?

If the goal of the King hearings is for legislators to better understand the threats of terrorism from within the Muslim community, then the whole thing is misconceived.

By Richard Mouw  | Mar 11, 2011 3:56 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Islamic terror is real, so is Islamophobia

Raising questions, however uncomfortable, does not constitute bias against the group to whom those questions are addressed.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Mar 11, 2011 4:10 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Where is the love?

There is a reason that the moral teaching of Jesus teaches radical love, a perfect, mature, complete love for everything that exists. Love and fear cannot coexist.

By VALERIE ELVERTON DIXON  | Mar 11, 2011 4:10 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The appeal to fear

There’s a proper way to tackle the issue of self-radicalization, and that is to work with American Muslims at the grassroots, to build bridges and trust, not hold hearings

By Jason Pitzl-Waters  | Mar 11, 2011 4:11 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Singling out one faith affects them all

To impugn the patriotism and good faith of this sizable community is not only a threat to their liberty and ours, but actually could be counter-productive in resisting terrorism.

By J. Brent Walker  | Mar 11, 2011 4:12 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Peter King vs. the American public

A poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals that while a majority (56%) of the public may think the hearings are a good idea, they don’t see eye-to-eye with Rep. King on his justifications for the hearings.

By Robert P. Jones  | Mar 11, 2011 4:22 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

President Washington or Congressman King?; ‘To bigotry, no sanction’

We must ask ourselves what it means for Congress to be exposing an entire religious community to “bigotry and persecution.”

By  | Mar 11, 2011 4:24 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

King’s speech

Congress does have a duty to legislate against enemies foreign and domestic. Investigating our enemies is one thing Congress should be doing.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 11, 2011 4:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

King using blunt instrument but nuance needed

When a member of the government announces that an entire religious tradition is under suspicion the effect is not to foster trust and fidelity.

By  | Mar 11, 2011 4:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Muslims should insist on fairness

I have no objection, in principle, to a hearing that investigates an alleged radicalization of any religion if there is sufficient evidence that some citizens are abusing the tenets of that religion as a cover for violent activity.

By Frank Pavone  | Mar 11, 2011 4:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Hearings? For what reason?

Manufactured paranoia will not make us safer, Rep. King.

By Susan_K_Smith  | Mar 11, 2011 4:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Hearings will not make us safer

Perhaps he could hold hearings on whether hatred and stereotyping by pandering politicians who focus on guilt by association might be making the rest of us both more fearful and less safe--in other words, hold a hearing on King himself.

By  | Mar 11, 2011 4:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We can trust God on heaven and hell

If we equalize the authority of scripture and our own best guess, we get more comfortable but we don’t get more accurate.

By Joel Hunter  | Mar 16, 2011 11:26 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Where is the love in condemning people to hell?

I am not as intrigued by the question of why what we think about the afterlife matters as I am by why Pastor Bell’s theology about the afterlife has incited such strong negative reactions.

By  | Mar 16, 2011 12:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Belief vs. behavior

In many religions there are countless arguments for the existence of an afterlife, but absolutely no facts.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 16, 2011 1:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bible provides clear wisdom for flawed humans

What we preach - or think - has the potential to directly impact the personal spiritual journeys of many people, especially when one has a platform like Pastor Bell.

By Jordan Sekulow  | Mar 16, 2011 2:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bible provides clear wisdom for flawed humans

What we preach - or think - has the potential to directly impact the personal spiritual journeys of many people, especially when one has a platform like Pastor Bell.

By  | Mar 16, 2011 2:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The afterlife shapes this life

Over the centuries, millions of people have been subjected to everything from regular degradation to the most horrendous suffering, including mass murder, all because they were outside of some other group’s salvation scheme. That tragic behavior continues to this very day in more places and ways than we can name.

By  | Mar 16, 2011 2:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Afterlife Shapes This Life

Over the centuries, millions of people have been subjected to everything from regular degradation to the most horrendous suffering, including mass murder, all because they were outside of some other group’s salvation scheme. That tragic behavior continues to this very day in more places and ways than we can name.

By  | Mar 16, 2011 2:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Don’t fret yet over afterlife

Count me among those who find this actual life exciting, challenging and pleasant enough right now.

By Barry Lynn  | Mar 16, 2011 2:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christianity’s doctrine is love

Just like our parents love us, no matter what, so does this God love us, no matter what.

By Susan K. Smith  | Mar 16, 2011 3:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is Anne Frank in hell?

Wherever Anne Frank is, that is where I would want to end up. Hers is the company to keep. I cannot imagine a faith that would not wish, somewhere deep in its soul, to proclaim the same.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 16, 2011 3:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Should fear motivate us?

I prefer to try to do what I know I ought to do and not worry about rewards and punishments.

By Max Carter  | Mar 16, 2011 3:04 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Foreclosing on hell: it’s about time

That is one piece of theological real estate that is surely bankrupt.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 17, 2011 3:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christianity’s doctrine is love

Just like our parents love us, no matter what, so does this God love us, no matter what.

By Susan K. Smith  | Mar 17, 2011 3:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Should fear motivate us?

I prefer to try to do what I know I ought to do and not worry about rewards and punishments.

By Max Carter  | Mar 17, 2011 4:15 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Don’t fret yet over afterlife

Count me among those who find this actual life exciting, challenging and pleasant enough right now.

By Barry Lynn  | Mar 17, 2011 4:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A perverse doctrine must be rejected

Reverend Bell is pointing a way to a Christianity that is marked by moral sanity.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 17, 2011 4:56 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In Libya and globally, governments must respect dignity

The fact that men are not angels, and that even with the best of intentions people still get hurt gravely in wars, must give policymakers great pause as they contemplate entering into combat with another nation.

By Jason Poling  | Mar 23, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

In Libya, the last resort

The Apostle Paul wrote “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.” We should strive to maintain peace but only to the extent that others are willing to be fellow collaborators for peace.

By Jordan Sekulow  | Mar 23, 2011 11:32 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bypassing time-honored rules of just war – again

The “writ of the international community” is not one of the rules of just war.

By Robert Parham  | Mar 23, 2011 11:33 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

America at war in a third Muslim country

It’s heartbreaking to see countries living under dictators anywhere in the world, but I don’t think it is any American’s personal obligation to donate the life of a son or daughter to try and free people in other countries.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 23, 2011 11:35 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christians must fight oppression, but how?

When a man like Muammar Gaddafi insists on oppressing Libyans and is even willing to kill his own people, how should followers of a peace and justice-loving Jesus respond?

By Jonathan Merritt  | Mar 23, 2011 11:36 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: ‘Never again’ must mean never again

This is a difficult and morally complex situation.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 23, 2011 11:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Should we turn the other cheek in Libya?

We Quakers have no “just war” theory.  All war and preparation for war, as we have understood the gospel of Christ, is “unlawful” for the Christian.

By Max Carter  | Mar 23, 2011 11:38 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is it moral to let innocent people of another country be slaughtered by a ruthless dictator and take care of our own first, or is it more moral to help our own first, creating a stronger and more cohesive nation, before running off to help everyone else?

By Susan K. Smith  | Mar 23, 2011 11:39 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: ‘Never again’ must mean never again

This is a difficult and morally complex situation.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 23, 2011 9:36 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

No such thing as a just war

War is terror and destruction and a crime that humanity commits against itself. It is neither noble nor necessary.

By  | Mar 25, 2011 12:02 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In Libya, not a just war; just another war

U. S. interests --securing oil and seeking allies in its war on terrorism --have been much greater factors in American foreign policy than any moral obligations to defend civilian populations, human rights, or democracy.

By Jim Wallis  | Mar 25, 2011 1:11 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: no clarity, no justice

This war is unjust. We cannot wage a just war when we do not know why we fight.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 25, 2011 2:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We must apply morality consistently

We cannot advocate democracy and look the other way as our close ally snuffs those fighting for democracy.

By Muqtedar Khan  | Mar 25, 2011 2:48 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Not always wrong to fight war

The fact that Gaddafi is a reprehensible human being and no friend of the U.S. does not automatically mean that the next guy will be better.

By Ronald J. Rychlak  | Mar 28, 2011 11:16 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

No consistency to ‘American values’

As long as we have a government run with such partisan narrow thinking, we can never develop any consistency with respect to a morality or a foreign policy.

By Ramdas Lamb  | Mar 28, 2011 1:29 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

War is never just

Our foreign policy is all about what is good for U.S., never about what is good for the world.

By Arun Gandhi  | Mar 28, 2011 3:19 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Obama’s speech on Libya: history is not on Gaddafi’s side

History is coming at us fast these days. Let us all pray to try to be on the right side of it, though there are no guarantees.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 29, 2011 12:17 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

‘Values’ is code for conservatism

Even if it wins in elections, values often kept on back-burner of government.

By Jason Poling  | Mar 30, 2011 9:39 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

On earth as it is in heaven

If politicians choose to hold sacred a particular list of values, my preference would be for them to start first with an examination of their own lives.

By Max Carter  | Mar 30, 2011 9:48 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Values at ‘Camp Christian’

I don’t believe the ‘values’ crowd will expand its horizons anytime soon.

By Barry Lynn  | Mar 30, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Screaming your values is unproductive

Of course it is about values. It just isn’t about a monopoly of values.

By David Wolpe  | Mar 30, 2011 10:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

As Gandhi taught, political ‘truth’ evolves

To presume that we know everything and that the country and the world must follow us unquestioningly is the kind of arrogance that comes only from those who seek public office.

By Arun Gandhi  | Mar 30, 2011 10:40 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When it comes to values, no political party or politician has the right to define them for the rest of America.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 30, 2011 11:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Newt is right: values matter most

Values are big ideas which must be translated into real life.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Mar 30, 2011 12:12 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Will the GOP fall to the ‘darkness of extremism’?

When Republicans talk about values, they are sticking to their roots.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 30, 2011 12:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

“the good news of damnation”

By Willis E. Elliott  | Mar 31, 2011 10:22 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When ‘values’ hurt

“Values” has become a code word used by politicians who want to create wedges amongst the electorate.

By Janet Edwards  | Mar 31, 2011 12:21 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A pagan at work

Is it any wonder that in such an atmosphere of widespread ignorance and hostility that witches and pagans are treated unfairly?

By Jason Pitzl-Waters  | Mar 31, 2011 1:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Many ways to be a Christian, and a Muslim

How then do we define Christian or Islamic or any other religious groups’ values? Very carefully!

By Pamela K. Taylor  | Apr 1, 2011 11:04 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

By  | Apr 1, 2011 11:42 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Of course political debates center around values

After all, politics is (among other things) best thought of as “applied philosophy.” Politics is the arena in which people take their different conceptions of “the good” – what is best for them, their community, their country, the world – and try to implement real world policies to strive to achieve that “good.”

By Nathan Diament  | Apr 1, 2011 11:50 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones’ ‘incendiary acts’: stop religiously motivated hatred

When you add Jones’ flame to the tinder of anger in Afghanistan, you get deadly violence.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 1, 2011 3:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A proud values voters

Based on how we normally think about religion and politics in America, you might think that this means that I vote against pro-choice candidates and for anti-gay marriage stances.

By Jill Jacoby  | Apr 2, 2011 11:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Where are the values?

It’s not very comforting to me that Republican activist Doug Gross, describing the recently convened Republican Principles Conference held in Iowa, said that “we looked like Camp Christian out there.”

By Susan K. Smith  | Apr 2, 2011 11:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In 2012, justice, simple justice

The meaning of American values in 2012 will be a question of justice, simple justice.

By Valerie Elverton Dixon  | Apr 2, 2011 11:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pastor Jones’ Christian obligation

To disagree is our God-given and constitutionally supported right.

By T.D.Jakes  | Apr 3, 2011 12:52 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Defining feminism on Pakistani television

By Asma Uddin  | Apr 5, 2011 11:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones and Jesus

I had hoped when this story resurfaced that the news media’s strategy of under-covering the story would prove effective in reducing violent reaction to Jones’ activities.

By Jason Poling  | Apr 6, 2011 9:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Condemn Terry Jones’ antics

It is just as wrong for Christians to be judged by the actions of one sad sack extremist as it is for Muslims to be judged by the small minority of its own extremists.

By Jack Moline  | Apr 6, 2011 9:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion a weapon for the powerful

The declarations by religious leaders in Christianity, Islam and other religions that women are inferior in the eyes of God are responsible for the discrimination of women all over the world.

By  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones: a toxic mix of ignorance and hubris

In Jewish terms his provocation is a hillul hashem – a desecration of God’s name – a diminishing of what is holy in the world.

By  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When is cricket more than a game?

Religion, politics and a game of cricket.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

We’d be better off ignoring Jones

Christians shouldn’t have to condemn Jones just because they both call themselves Christians.

By Hemant Mehta  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

After Koran burning, indefensible violence

Books can be replaced, but human lives can not.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones is a dangerous extremist and Christians must condemn him

Such hateful deeds and words cannot go unanswered by Christians around the world.

By  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

For bullies bent on violence, apologies are never enough

Neither peace-loving Muslims nor Jones-bashing Christians should delude themselves into believing that an America purged of Terry Joneses would be an America that radical Islamists no longer loved to hate.

By Colleen Carroll Campbell  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

God will judge Jones

Condemn him? Such an act would explain nothing to his overseas attackers, would do nothing to bring back the dead or lower the temperature in the hell that folks of his type create, and only impart dignity on this preacher’s spewings of hate.

By Martin Marty  | Apr 6, 2011 12:16 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Resisting blasphemies

The burning of the Koran by Terry Jones should be denounced by Christian leaders in order to show solidarity with Muslims who understandably feel deeply pained. But it should also be denounced because it blasphemes the name of Jesus.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 6, 2011 12:36 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Government shutdown: A clash of belief systems?

The bottom line, politically speaking, is whether government is best considered the servant of “all of us” and thus has moral standing in this debate, or whether there is no “us” and hence government has no real moral reason for being.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 6, 2011 5:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

America must not tolerate bigotry against Muslims

We are fooling ourselves if we continue to believe that the actions we take at home don’t have consequences abroad.

By  | Apr 6, 2011 5:35 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

After Terry Jones burns Koran, who is to blame?

There are a lot of culprits here.

By Sally Quinn  | Apr 7, 2011 11:11 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Silent Christians should speak up on Jones

Terry Jones is an embarrassment to the Christian gospel.

By Susan K. Smith  | Apr 7, 2011 3:51 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Free speech and Terry Jones

An overwhelming percentage of American Christians understand and accept that insults like this are a matter of free speech. Many Islamic leaders do not.

By Ron Rychlak  | Apr 8, 2011 8:09 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stop seeds of hate

The seed beneath the surface was allowed to develop and eventually became a highly visible tree, and we’re seeing the kind of fruit it bears. 

By Russ Gerber  | Apr 8, 2011 8:50 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Teaching and justifying hatred

There are those within the ranks of both Christian and Muslim fundamentalism who view the world today as a battle between their narrow views and beliefs and those of everyone else.

By Ramdas Lamb  | Apr 8, 2011 8:55 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Jones shows the folly of ‘one true faith’

The wrongheaded pyrotechnic stunt in Gainesville was ignored throughout an indisposed Arab world and other predominantly Muslim lands, but ignited hysteria in Afghanistan because President Karzai chose to light the match to burn his own land.

By Aseem Shukla  | Apr 8, 2011 9:11 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When faith is mocked, who responds?

Evidently mocking a thing your neighbor loves is acceptable in the name of art, but horrific in the name of religion.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 8, 2011 9:25 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Jones is a cipher

Like those clowns who makeup the family-only “Westboro “Baptist” Church in Kansas, Jones does not represent the example of Jesus, but is a grand stander who seeks attention for himself.

By Cal Thomas  | Apr 8, 2011 10:44 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones: a false prophet

How much human suffering has been the result of Christians failing to live the love of Jesus?

By Valerie Elverton Dixon  | Apr 8, 2011 10:46 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones fiasco: plenty of blame to go around

Ironically, Christian fundamentalists and Muslim fundamentalists have much in common: blind adherence to ancient texts, opposition to secular government and an insistence that they have the right to run the lives of others

By Barry Lynn  | Apr 8, 2011 10:47 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Koran holy for a billion souls

Could we just show a little respect for the more than one billion people for whom the Koran is not just a book - but the very presence of G-d in the form of a book? Could we at least try to understand the reality of “the holy” for others?

By Max Carter  | Apr 8, 2011 10:55 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Hold Jones responsible

Burning of the Koran, or any sacred text, is a most un-Christian thing to do.

By  | Apr 8, 2011 11:03 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is Terry Jones the real problem?

In countries with real freedom, there will be plenty of provocateurs.

By Jordan Sekulow  | Apr 8, 2011 11:05 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The conundrum of Terry Jones

Also, for people like Jones -- people who see themselves as the keepers of the “real truth” which is missed by the “misguided masses,” condemnations from the outside simply reinforce the notion that Jones and those like him are really correct

By Brad Hirschfield  | Apr 8, 2011 11:10 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones shames Christianity

Pastor Jones and those who traffic with him hide under the banner of Christianity while they declare that they are exempt from Christ’s commandments.

By Clayton Christensen  | Apr 8, 2011 11:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

What’s the role of the tea party and religion in the shutdown showdown?

The standoff is a call for the newly elected tea party members to put their cards on the table: Are they really a new breed of pragmatic libertarian fiscal conservatives focused on cutting the budget? Or are they mostly a new flavor of socially conservative Republicans?

By Robert P. Jones  | Apr 8, 2011 12:30 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones: an easy judgment but a difficult dilemma

We must condemn Pastor Jones for his publicity stunt. But, in so doing, we give him what he wanted all along.

By Al Mohler  | Apr 8, 2011 10:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What Christians and Muslims must say about Terry Jones

As MLK said, silence will be interpreted by our enemies as agreement and by our friends as betrayal.

By Pamela Taylor  | Apr 9, 2011 12:13 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion’s outdated notions of gender

Claims that women are “separate but equal” invariably lead more to separation than equality.

By  | Apr 11, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Turning from patriarchy to full inclusion of women

Surely the day is coming when the majority of the world’s religions will recognize the full humanity of half of God’s creation.

By Debra W. Haffner  | Apr 13, 2011 12:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The God women need

If the holiness of women is suppressed, then there is no divinity that reflects the female experience.

By  | Apr 13, 2011 1:04 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Culture and biblical literalism play G-d

G-d saw beyond gender.

By Max Carter  | Apr 13, 2011 1:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

On gender, religious people have work to do

Religion has enshrined, as if wished by God, a subordinate position to women, to its shame.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 13, 2011 1:07 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion lies about women

It is time women everywhere woke up to the truth of what religion does to them.

By Paula Kirby  | Apr 13, 2011 3:58 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion lays foundation for gender discrimination

The absence of a commitment to eliminating gender discrimination is most evident in the denial of opportunities for spiritual or congregational leadership.

By Frances Kissling  | Apr 13, 2011 6:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Two cheers for complementarianism

In complementarian traditions there is much to be found that is worthy of respect, even appreciation, rather than prejudice.

By  | Apr 13, 2011 6:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Women and men are equal, but different

God bless equality under the law and blessed differences!

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 13, 2011 8:31 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Narrow views of God, gender

Would an all-loving creator assign us to separate spheres of usefulness and then add this caveat: those of you in that sphere should stay there?

By Russ Gerber  | Apr 14, 2011 10:47 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Equality does not mean uniformity

Religion stands ready to help advance the equality of women. But that does not mean all roles are the same.

By Frank Pavone  | Apr 14, 2011 11:19 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion responsible for curse of gender discrimination

Some religious teaching specifically relegates women to a lower position in the divine creation.

By Barry Lynn  | Apr 14, 2011 8:17 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

From empowerment to patriarchy

Most Muslims would tell you that one of Islam’s great goals was to elevate women’s status in society and to prevent the oppression of women that was common in seventh century Arabia.

By Pamela K. Taylor  | Apr 14, 2011 9:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Why is female leadership blocked in the Catholic Church?

After decades of working in the Catholic Church it is clear to me that gender discrimination is fostered both consciously and unconsciously.

By Thomas Reese  | Apr 14, 2011 9:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What Mormon equality looks like

Women in the Mormon faith regularly preach from the pulpit to the congregation and lead prayers during Sunday services.

By Michael Otterson  | Apr 14, 2011 9:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Gender roles are not discrimination

In the church, the male assumes a teaching responsibility, but that does not make the woman’s role less significant or less meaningful. It is simply different.

By Charles Colson  | Apr 14, 2011 9:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A Latter-day Saint view of Book of Mormon musical

Parody isn’t reality, and it’s the very distortion that makes it appealing and often funny.

By Michael Otterson  | Apr 14, 2011 10:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Gender discrimination a cultural bias, not religious truth

It saddens me to think that in a predominantly Hindu society, where on one hand, women are exalted through the reverence of goddesses, on the other, they are ostracized simply due to their gender.

By Pooja Deopura  | Apr 14, 2011 11:22 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Reclaim an egalitarian Islam

Muslim women’s increased participation in Islamic scholarship and leadership is essential if true gender justice is to be achieved in the Middle East and across the world.

By Daisy Khan  | Apr 15, 2011 11:10 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Let me check with my wife…

Men and women are biologically different and thus can never be truly the same.

By Shmully Hecht  | Apr 15, 2011 12:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Before Easter, an essential penance

Giving up makes room for the unexpected gift.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 15, 2011 7:17 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover: a Seder invitation to all

Passover is not simply a Jewish holiday.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Apr 18, 2011 10:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Gospel according to Ayn Rand

Conservative Christians who support the Ryan version of radical conservatism based on the atheist individualist philosophy of Ayn Rand have some serious questions to ask themselves

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 18, 2011 11:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover: a prayer and a protest against comfort

By David Wolpe  | Apr 18, 2011 8:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Budget debates challenge moral compass of nation

Any family knows that it’s unwise to spend money it doesn’t have - yet our lawmakers have made a habit of doing just that for many, many years.

By Jim Daly  | Apr 20, 2011 11:50 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christians should learn from Jews on Passover

I can understand why some Jewish leaders are concerned about Christians adopting (usurping?) the Passover seder and replacing its original Jewish meanings with Christian meanings.

By Brian D. Mclaren  | Apr 20, 2011 1:15 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

At Easter, why appropriate someone else’s history?

This is the sort of misguided tolerance that shows a fundamental disrespect for the culture of others.

By Susan Jacoby  | Apr 20, 2011 1:37 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover central to Christianity

In the Passover celebration itself, the Christian sees a foreshadowing of Christ

By Frank Pavone  | Apr 20, 2011 1:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Easter is Pascha

Followers of Jesus follow a Jew.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 20, 2011 2:33 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religious symbols belong to their communities

Symbols and rituals can be extraordinarily powerful.

By Barry Lynn  | Apr 20, 2011 2:49 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A godless Passover

Traditions are important, but sometimes need a transformation to become meaningful.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 20, 2011 2:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Balance interfaith respect, faithful Christian witness

Pluralism should not mean a blending of traditions, nor the co-optation of other people’s rituals.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 20, 2011 2:52 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Quakers strive to live ‘holy days’ every day

The Quaker default setting is to internalize the usual “outward forms” of religion, including “holy days.”

By Max Carter  | Apr 20, 2011 2:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover belongs to Judaism and Christianity

Christians need to follow the Golden Rule when it comes to Passover.

By Susan K. Smith  | Apr 20, 2011 3:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What’s good about Good Friday?

Easter isn’t about hats, bunnies, eggs and hallelujah. It’s about the astonishing contradictions of the human condition.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 22, 2011 7:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Why we need Good Friday more than ever

Ours is a culture that avoids sufering, but our collective aversion to imperfection, pain and sacrifice is not new.

By Colleen Carroll Campbell  | Apr 22, 2011 10:03 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Sharing a tradition is not usurping it

For Christians to celebrate a Passover seder can be meaningful and fulfilling for them.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 22, 2011 12:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover for a people set free

Each year at Seder we sit down to reenact the Passover story, not as a historical event, but as part of our contemporary identities.

By Steven Wernick  | Apr 22, 2011 12:02 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Jesus’ resurrection as the Christian passover

I welcome all efforts to know each other and persuade each other, but am persuaded that Christians’ celebrating a Jewish festival lacks authenticity and even integrity.

By Willis Elliott  | Apr 22, 2011 12:38 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christianity connects with Passover

I fully sympathize with Jews who regard such services as an unwarranted co-opting of their most sacred holy day.

By Thomas Bohlin  | Apr 22, 2011 12:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover for Christians

For me, the meaning of Passover is the occasion where Rabbi Jesus issues a new commandment: to love one another.

By Valerie Elverton Dixon  | Apr 22, 2011 1:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In budget debates, who owns moral high ground?

When I hear liberal and conservative politicians and their religious allies speaking of morality in the current budget debates, I’m encouraged, because budgets are indeed moral documents. But I’m also nervous.

By Brian Mclaren  | Apr 22, 2011 1:14 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Right and wrong ways to reduce our debt

Moral budgets must ensure the long-term economic strength of our country, and that requires stabilizing and reducing the debt. But there are right and wrong ways to go about it.

By Jennifer Butler  | Apr 22, 2011 1:28 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

William and Kate (and all of us!) seek sacred spaces

  “Sacred spaces,” like Westminster Abbey, are seen by many as cloaked in great mystery.

By Max Carter  | Apr 26, 2011 10:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The royal family needs religion

Even though the United Kingdom maybe a largely secular nation, the royal family still needs ritual and religion to buttress its legitimacy.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 26, 2011 10:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Separate church, state and royal weddings

How did a country like England, with deep Christian roots, become so secular in the first place?

By J. Brent Walker  | Apr 26, 2011 10:24 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The royal wedding a reach for the divine?

There is a hunger for greater seriousness in us.

By David Wolpe  | Apr 26, 2011 10:40 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Church and state in England: it’s a bad marriage

One of the reasons that England has so many secularists is that it has an official “established” church, that is, the Church of England.

By Barry Lynn  | Apr 26, 2011 10:54 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Does God hate women?

This is a question that never occurred to me until I began to study religion. What I found seemed shocking. In every major faith women are or have been treated as second-class citizens.

By Sally Quinn  | Apr 26, 2011 11:06 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Living vicariously through the royal wedding

There is some indication that while Brits do not attend church, they still evince a high level of religiousness.

By Amarnath Amarasingam  | Apr 26, 2011 11:20 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Royal wedding an outdated tradition

Kings, queens, and princes aren’t what they used to be.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 26, 2011 11:21 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Westminster Abbey’s big religious tent

Places of worship are like tent pegs, holding down the big tent of meaning as it covers the world.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 27, 2011 11:34 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Do the birthers’ owe President Obama an apology?

Here’s another one-liner Donald Trump might try: I’m sorry, Mr. President.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 28, 2011 10:56 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Secular rituals the honest choice

While England’s population is indeed increasingly secular, its constitution is not. The Church of England is enshrined in its national life as its established religion

By Paula Kirby  | Apr 29, 2011 4:41 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Royal weddings and the Church of England

Given that the monarch is by law the head of the Church of England, royal weddings will likely be church affairs for many years to come.

By Tom Flynn  | Apr 29, 2011 4:45 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When ‘secular’ means spirituality without religion

Gandhi’s interpretation of secularlism was different in that he believed secularism is not the rejection of religion but cultivating a respect for all other religions as well as your own.

By Arun Gandhi  | Apr 29, 2011 4:50 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

At weddings, love cries out for the divine

the sacred places speak a universal language.

By Rose and Timonthy Shriver  | Apr 29, 2011 4:57 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religious ritual part of human nature

Even in the most secular societies, people turn to places of worship for their rituals

By Frank Pavone  | Apr 29, 2011 6:58 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Creative uses of religious ritual

People make really interesting decisions about how and when to integrate religion into their lives

By  | Apr 29, 2011 7:04 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

William and Kate’s Anglican ceremony: ‘Every wedding is a royal wedding’

The dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, the Very Reverend Samuel T. Lloyd II, explains some of the rituals and scripture we saw at Westminster Abbey today.

By Sally Quinn  | Apr 29, 2011 12:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pope John Paul II gave us his fearless example

If we raise up soldiers for Christ, and if we place the future of our Church in such capable hands and hearts as these, we will have nothing to fear.

By Danielle Bean  | Apr 29, 2011 1:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

John Paul II: most consequential pope of last five hundred years?

John Paul II was arguably the most consequential pope of the last five hundred years.

By George Weigel  | Apr 29, 2011 1:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pope John Paul II: staunch defender of the dignity of women

The late pontiff called for a ‘new feminism’ that ‘rejects the temptation of imitating models of ‘male domination’ in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.’

By Colleen Carroll Campbell  | Apr 29, 2011 2:22 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden’s death a symbolic victory

Bin Laden’s death at the hands of Americans is a victory, but it is only symbolic since what Bin Laden represents – a violent and vicious effort by some Muslims to seek justice and change for the Muslim World – has already been defeated.

By Muqtedar Khan  | May 2, 2011 1:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

How should Americans respond to bin Laden’s death?

We have a right to be happy that bin Laden is gone, but gloating is not good.

By Susan K. Smith  | May 2, 2011 2:10 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

On bin Laden, Christians should choose justice, not revenge

Christians know that Osama bin Laden escaped the reach of full human justice and a trial for his crimes, but he will not escape the judgment that is to come.

By R. Albert Mohler  | May 2, 2011 2:26 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Vengeance belongs to G-d

I don’t condone what bid Laden did or preached, but I cannot justify killing thousands upon thousands in order to exact justice on one person.

By Max Carter  | May 2, 2011 2:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The death of Osama bin Laden: end or turning point?

The death of Osama Bin Laden marks the end of an era in contemporary world affairs.

By John Esposito and John Voll  | May 2, 2011 3:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We pray for the end of Bin Ladenism

Sobriety, not revelry, is the appropriate response to the death of Osama bin Laden.

By David Wolpe  | May 2, 2011 10:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

American Muslims read news of bin Laden’s death ‘with great pleasure’

Bin Laden has singularly disgraced Islam and dragged our faith through the mud with his promotion of terrorism throughout the world from Indonesia, the Middle East, Africa and here in the United States.

By Pamela K. Taylor  | May 3, 2011 8:34 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden had justice imposed on him

The terrorist reaped what he had sown.

By Cal Thomas  | May 3, 2011 8:55 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Rejoice with appreciation for our troops, intel

We must temper our celebration, but we ought to rejoice with appreciation to our soldiers and intelligence operatives, our political leaders and the God that continues to bless America.

By Nathan Diament  | May 3, 2011 8:58 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The sad necessity of anti-terror efforts

Can we now say, ‘Enough, enough!’ -- refuse to drink the intoxicating triumphalist wine of celebration, and turn our attention and commitment to end these wars that take on a deadly ‘life’ of their own?

By Arthur Waskow  | May 3, 2011 9:10 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

On bin Laden, justice but no joy

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, Proverbs teaches (24:17). Bin Laden’s death calls us instead to affirm the dignity and worth of all human beings.

By Sharon Brous  | May 3, 2011 9:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

For bin Laden, seek justice, let go of revenge

We who cherish life cannot rejoice at death, anyone’s death.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 3, 2011 9:21 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

We must not hate anyone, even bin Laden

The laws of God require that we not hate anyone. “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

By Frank Pavone  | May 3, 2011 9:29 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

We pray for mercy for bin Laden as we hope to receive mercy

A soul created in the image of God has gone to God. An enemy of the United States has received justice for his crimes. This is a moment for solemn thanksgiving.

By John Mark Reynolds  | May 3, 2011 9:41 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Killing bin Laden is the act of ultimate justice

I am celebrating the successful mission launched by U.S. Armed Forces to kill Osama bin Laden.

By Jordan Sekulow  | May 3, 2011 10:01 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The death of Osama bin Laden is retributive justice

We created in Osama bin Laden a symbol of evil.

By Valerie Elverton Dixon  | May 3, 2011 10:12 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Killing is never a time for celebration

The president’s announcement was sober and dignified, but it is hard to say you killed someone without projecting some small discomfort, even when it was the right thing to do.

By Frances Kissling  | May 3, 2011 10:23 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden was evil

Osama bin Laden was pure evil, whose sole mission was killing as many innocent people as possible.

By Bill Press  | May 3, 2011 10:30 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

War is a last resort, not an Olympic sport

I don’t rejoice at Osama bin Laden’s death, but I’m relieved he is dead.

By Herb Silverman  | May 3, 2011 10:33 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden dead, but his legacy will tormet us

Our obsession with killing bin Laden to avenge 9/11 we embarked on two wars that have destroyed thousands on both sides and left millions destitute and seething with anger, hate and the desire to avenge.

By Arun Gandhi  | May 3, 2011 10:48 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

No rejoicing when enemies fall

In obedience to Scripture, there can be no rejoicing when our enemies fall.

By David Gushee  | May 3, 2011 10:55 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

American mythology in a post-bin Laden world

Bin Laden’s acts of terrorism opened new fundamental questions about American character and values that have yet to be resolved.

By Robert P. Jones  | May 3, 2011 5:36 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness’

Maybe I find the celebrations troubling because I don’t believe that bin Laden’s death means that we ‘won.’ We’ll win when we can prove wrong his central thesis that there must be a clash of civilizations between the Middle East and the West; when America’s people embody our highest principles of pluralism and tolerance.

By Chris Stedman  | May 3, 2011 7:17 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The unholy myth that torture ‘works’

The torture apologists are at it again, trying to perpetuate the unholy untruth that “interrogation of high-value targets” (torture) helped “give us victory” and thus yet again try to insinuate that it is justified.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 4, 2011 10:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

God’s ultimate standard of justice has been met

The death of bin Laden is being rightly celebrated by the Western world, and indeed by Christians.

By Chuck Colson  | May 4, 2011 4:24 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

When your enemies fall

I believe one of our most hopeful ways forward is to now unite across religious lines and learn again together “the things that make for peace.”

By Jim Wallis  | May 4, 2011 4:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Celebration and sobriety are both appropriate

People directly touched by the events of 9/11 or other acts of terror have a right to respond differently than those whose lives were not similarly shattered.

By Brad Hirschfield  | May 4, 2011 5:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Rejoice in bin Laden’s death?

To rejoice in the death of Osama bin Laden is to rejoice in the fact that to the extent we are able human society was able to mete out some measure of much-needed justice.

By Jason Poling  | May 4, 2011 5:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We hope we won’t be condemned by God

For those of us who are not biblical literalists, no “proof text” exists for how American Christians should react to the death of Osama Bin Laden.

By Barry Lynn  | May 4, 2011 5:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden’s element of evil

Osama bin Laden created for himself a very clear position as one of the wicked, and therefore the world should be happy when at least one element of evil is no longer functioning.

By Adin Steinsaltz  | May 4, 2011 6:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A more constructive course after bin Laden

It is impossible to comprehend the depth of sorrow that has been wrought over the years by Osama bin Laden and his gang of criminals, who celebrated the murders of thousands of human beings on 9/11 and shattered the lives of countless more throughout the world.

By Rajdeep Singh  | May 4, 2011 6:11 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Grateful for bin Laden’s death?

The news of the successful American operation was even more resonant for Jews around the world because we heard about it as we marked Yom HaShoah, the day set aside to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

By Steve Wernick  | May 4, 2011 6:18 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Acts of triumphalism can be perceived as acts of provocation

An act of retribution, even when justified, is not an act of redemption. It won’t turn the tides of bigotry, discrimination and hatred that have stirred for ten years since the attacks of 9/11.

By Rev. Katharine Henderson  | May 4, 2011 6:26 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

For our own sakes, don’t turn bin Laden death into a party

He was a very bad man, but he was a man.

By Ronald Rychlak  | May 4, 2011 6:35 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Posing in Playboy as liberation?

Sila Sahin, a Turkish woman living in Germany, recently posed for a cover of Playboy Magazine. Is this ‘freedom’?

By Asma Uddin  | May 4, 2011 7:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Dancing on the grave of the enemy

Dancing on the grave of the enemy—a human impulse, perhaps, but not one that we want to encourage if our spirituality is rooted in interconnection and compassion.

By Starhawk  | May 4, 2011 7:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

After bin Laden, more questions

Bin Laden’s death appeals to that same primal void once filled by the satisfaction of just revenge and returns--but like all good things, it cannot last.

By Aseem Shukla  | May 5, 2011 3:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

This Mother’s Day, support family planning

Let us all commit to universal access to family planning and health care so that every day can be Mother’s Day.

By Debra Haffner  | May 6, 2011 1:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

To my mother

...I see through her the God...

By Akbar Ahmed  | May 6, 2011 2:11 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

God the mother

God the mother is a metaphor for the work of God in both mercy and justice, both compassion and righteousness.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 7, 2011 8:39 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is this really a ‘Mormon moment’?

More than ever, people are asking about the faith of Latter-day Saints. Here's three things you should know about Mormons.

By Michael Otterson  | May 9, 2011 10:46 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Post-Rapture theological education?

I am not canceling the May 21 taping session on “The Seminary of the Future.”

By Richard Mouw  | May 10, 2011 11:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Our imaginations are apocalyptic

Since the beginning of time people have predicted the end of time.

By David Wolpe  | May 10, 2011 12:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

End times theology: an insider’s guide

I grew up in a Christian tradition called Dispensationalism. Although we shied away from predicting specific dates, we sang and preached and even made scary movies about the coming “Rapture,” Great Tribulation, coming of the Antichrist, and eventually the Second Coming

By Brian McLaren  | May 10, 2011 1:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Science explains the end of the world

The end of the world will be a parochial little affair, unnoticed in the universe at large.

By Richard Dawkins  | May 10, 2011 1:13 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Gendering the torture ‘debate’

Would the idea of torturing women make a difference to those who defend waterboarding? Is torture gendered? This hypothetical arises as Osama bin Laden’s wives are set for interrogation by the United States.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 11, 2011 9:20 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Presbyterian Church endorses gay clergy: ‘building a church that reflects God’s heart ’

Each of these denominations has helped move the mainline religious community towards fully embracing sexual diversity as a blessing.

By Debra Haffner  | May 11, 2011 9:34 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

May 21, 2011? I have other plans...

Secular humanists don’t believe the universe has a sell-by date.

By Tom Flynn  | May 11, 2011 2:30 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Nobody knows when the Lord will return

In the Catholic Faith, we teach that the Lord Jesus, as he said, is coming back to earth on a day that nobody knows.

By Frank Pavone  | May 11, 2011 2:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Harold Camping does not represent Christianity

The idea that anyone would pay attention to someone who thinks he or she can calculate a divinely-instigated end of the world by reading texts in either the book of David or the book of Revelation is both ludicrous and crazy.

By John Shelby Spong  | May 11, 2011 2:48 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What happens when the Messiah doesn’t show?

I am pretty confident that the world will still be here after May 21st.

By Brad Hirschfield  | May 11, 2011 2:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A godless apocalypse

According to modern astrophysics, the world will end when our sun runs out of hydrogen, its primary solar fuel.

By Herb Silverman  | May 11, 2011 2:58 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bin Laden’s death: When bad things happen to bad people

The new PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll finds broad, and perhaps surprising, majority agreement among Americans that it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how bad that person was.

By Robert P. Jones  | May 11, 2011 8:19 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Presbyterians discover support for gay equality in surprising places

People of faith, Christians in particular, are beginning to discover in their religious beliefs a confirmation of the blessed place held by lesbian and gay people in the church and society at large.

By Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards  | May 12, 2011 1:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In Hinduism, no destruction is final

Time is considered cyclical and not linear.

By Rajan Zed  | May 13, 2011 6:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What Stephen Hawking doesn’t understand about heaven

Hawking is working with a very low-grade and sub-biblical view of ‘going to heaven.’

By N.T. Wright  | May 16, 2011 4:15 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking can imagine there’s no heaven

It is piquant to hear the apostles of doubt and reason and evidence pound the university lectern like a fire and brimstone preacher and cast all careful empirical weighing out the window when religious claims are concerned.

By David Wolpe  | May 16, 2011 4:54 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking: Religion and science are both belief systems

Hawking’s answer is not the product of scientific thinking but of the belief system that he currently maintains in contrast to the belief system of those who claim there is a God and a heaven.

By Ramdas Lamb  | May 17, 2011 8:25 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Yes, Mr. Hawking, evidence should determine belief

Scientists test their own and other theories and try to find facts that support or disprove them. Traditional religion, on the other hand, usually demands blind faith and reacts negatively to facts that conflict with doctrine.

By Herb Silverman  | May 17, 2011 8:35 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

How does Stephen Hawking know about heaven?

I will go with Jesus and not Hawking.

By Cal Thomas  | May 17, 2011 8:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking (and I) reject ‘the God of the gaps’

A God reduced to filling in gaps, or to being an electronic starter for the engine of creation is a finite God.

By  | May 17, 2011 8:44 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking, science and sharia

Science, for Muslims, is another way of reading the sacred text.

By Muqtedar Khan  | May 18, 2011 10:28 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Nothing in faith contradicts reason

Faith and reason not only coexist, but they are integrally related.

By Fr. Pavone  | May 18, 2011 10:47 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Can God and science co-exist?

Because of God, there is science

By Susan K. Smith  | May 18, 2011 10:55 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Refuse to choose between religion and science

Religion and science need not be enemies.

By Barry Lynn  | May 18, 2011 10:58 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Reject fundamentalist definitions of heaven and hell

Professor Hawking is rejecting a fundamentalist definition that is a fairy tale. I reject it too.

By John Shelby Spong  | May 18, 2011 11:17 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking’s ‘nothing but’ confidence

“Can God and science co-exist?” Francis Bacon, the father of modern science, believed they must.

By Willis E. Elliott  | May 19, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

On bin Laden’s death, words from the real and ideal worlds

Relief was my first and strongest feeling upon hearing of Osama bin Laden’s death

By WIllis E. Elliott  | May 19, 2011 11:03 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pay attention to Stephen Hawking’s other insight

Like Hawking, I suspect there probably is no life following this one. But I don’t really care – life in the here and now demands too much of my attention to give it much thought.

By Christopher Stedman  | May 19, 2011 1:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Faith and reason work together

Authentic Christian faith does not limit human liberty and reason.

By Ronald Rychlak  | May 19, 2011 1:14 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking’s simplistic worldview

I know God lives, because I have experienced His reality.

By John Mark Reynolds  | May 19, 2011 4:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking and the experience of God

It is disappointing that a scientist of Hawking’s repute would take a position that because he hasn’t personally seen or experienced God, that God is not necessary or does not exist.

By Clayton Christensen  | May 19, 2011 4:46 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

May 21, 2011: Not the end of the world

You can relax. The world is not coming to an end on May 21. I have it on authority.

By Sally Quinn  | May 20, 2011 9:45 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Obama’s Middle East speech and his Just Peace doctrine

In this ‘Arab Spring‘ speech, the president actually mentions six out of the ten Just Peace practice norms.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 20, 2011 10:03 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Obama’s Middle East speech: a significant step forward but a long way to go

How will the president turn rhetoric into reality?

By John Esposito  | May 20, 2011 10:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Catholic sex absue: ‘Blame it on the 60s?’

The John Jay report is nearly silent about the abusing priests’ flagrant disregard for the church’s teachings on sexuality and sexual behaviors, while condemning the culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s for these crimes against children.

By Debra Haffner  | May 20, 2011 11:04 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Harold Camping who? The real horsemen of the apocalypse

The meaning of “revelation” is to uncover, show what is hidden. Many Americans are starting to wake up to the fact that massive cuts in domestic spending are not the way to deal with the apocalyptic capacity of the deficit.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 22, 2011 9:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Where is God (and the Mormon church) in a natural disaster?

“God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.”

By Michael Otterson  | May 24, 2011 12:07 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We are all ‘religious leaders’

Each of us has access to a G-d who reveals truth to us constantly, and we can choose to be channels of that light and love.  Each of us can “let our lives preach.”

By Max Carter  | May 24, 2011 4:28 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What’s the focus of Focus on the Family?

My comments to World Magazine are no more or no less than a continuation of something I’ve been saying for years: We cannot expect the culture to be the church.

By Jim Daly  | May 25, 2011 11:06 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Oprah: High priestess of the New Age

Oprah seems to be at home within the New Age movement in the United States.

By Amarnath Amarasingam  | May 25, 2011 11:20 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Oprah: following in the sacred footsteps of Elvis?

Oprah certainly qualifies as a “religious leader” within the definition of new religious movements.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 25, 2011 11:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)