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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Culture and biblical literalism play G-d

G-d saw beyond gender.

By Max Carter  | Apr 13, 2011 1:05 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)

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)

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)

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)

When politicians call, the hotline to Heaven is likely busy

The candidate who might go further toward tickling the fancy of the Almighty is the one who wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in the hot place of being elected!

By Max L. Carter  | Jun 1, 2011 12:31 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Circumcision a religious response to God

From a religious standpoint, I am no big practitioner of outward rites and “forms” of religious practice, preferring, instead, that the way I live my life represent whether I am “covenanted” with G-d or not.

By Max Carter  | Jun 8, 2011 10:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Good humor is constructive, not destructive

The question, however, is where the line is between acceptable humor and inappropriate attacks on a religion in the guise of humor.

By Max Carter  | Jun 14, 2011 3:10 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion helpful to reach God

‘Religion’ as understood as a set of creeds and criteria that draw circles to shut others out, is too often misused, even while I will admit that it is helpful to have a particular practice with which to experience the Divine.

By Max Carter  | Jul 6, 2011 11:33 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

America wrestling with religious law

We are in a cultural and religious tussle in America now over the path our country should take. 

By Max Carter  | Jul 13, 2011 1:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Atheists can know ‘the truth’ without calling it G-d

Quaker John Woolman, an 18th century mystic, wrote “There is a principle placed in the human mind which is pure and proceeds from God; deep and inward, it is confined to no religion nor excluded from any where the heart stands in perfect sincerity.” 

By Max Carter  | Jul 20, 2011 9:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The oxymoronic label of ‘Christian terrorist’

But so is "Jewish terrorist," "Muslim terrorist," "Hindu terrorist," or terrorist identified by just about any religious tag.  The teachings of the world's great wisdom traditions uniformly encourage what Christians call "the Golden Rule." 

By  | Jul 27, 2011 7:47 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A private prayer

Prayer at its best is about an inward movement toward aligning our best intentions with what we understand to be G-d’s will.

By Max Carter  | Aug 10, 2011 9:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Teach the Bible’s creation story in literature class

They give keen insight into how we understand ourselves and the wonderful world in which we live.  And so does the scientific understanding of that creation; two different understandings of truth, arrived at by different methods.

By Max Carter  | Aug 24, 2011 7:42 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religious ‘heritage’ on campus

Didn’t we already know that most of our universities are secular?

By Max Carter  | Aug 31, 2011 11:35 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Secular prayers?

Beyond words such as sacred and secular, we all confront what Rudolf Otto called the “mysterium tremendum” - events that force us to consider ultimate questions.  For whatever else it was and is, 9/11 was such an event. 

By  | Sep 7, 2011 11:57 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Applauding for death

One can be pro-life and pro-death penalty with the same aplomb as one can host The Response, a mega-public prayer event, and stress a strict interpretation of a Bible that says to pray in private. 

By Max Carter  | Sep 15, 2011 10:26 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A Quaker economy

Is there a way to practice capitalism in a way that benefits communities?

By Max Carter  | Sep 28, 2011 8:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Obey church or state?

In questions such as a conflict between the dictates of the state and those of faith, Acts 5:29 is fairly clear:  “We must obey G-d rather than humans.”

By Max Carter  | Oct 6, 2011 2:28 PM  | COMMENTS (0)