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Guest Voices: December, 2011

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 12/29/2011

2012: The year when extremism self-destructs?

Extremism in religion and politics contains the seeds of its own destruction.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:48 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/27/2011

A doubting faith

Doubt is not the absence of faith, but rather, is an integral part of it.

By Eric Weiner  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Has religion made the world less safe?

It is when fundamentalist forces stand athwart liberalizing currents and impose tribal, authoritarian, and puritanical constraints that religion becomes a force for violence.

By Steven Pinker  |  03:44 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Can a Christian be a libertarian?

Through libertarianism, many Christians have found a more consistent, more biblical political philosophy.

By Norman Horn  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Forgiveness, a fresh start

America is a nation of second chances. And this is a season of starting over.

By J. Douglas Holladay  |  01:33 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Cardinal George, you’re wrong about Chicago Gay Pride

The leader of the Catholic Church in Chicago compared the gay pride parade to the KKK’s demonstrations against Catholicism.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/24/2011

The magic of Christmas

Christmas is real magic – not the magic of wizards, wands and wishes, not the stage-magic of illusion, but the poetic magic that derives from supernatural reality.

By John Lennox  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/24/2011

Silent night, holy night for all

This is the good news for us to announce to all: You are precious to God.

By Timothy Shriver  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Gastronomical Jews at Christmas

As far as I was concerned, God resided not in Heaven or the Great Void but in the Frigidaire, somewhere between the cream cheese and the salad dressing.

By Eric Weiner  |  09:46 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Why it’s hard to be Christian at Christmas

It is painful, with hearts that are dedicated to the Savior whose birth we supposedly celebrate, to watch the secularization and commercialization of the holiday.

By Richard Land  |  09:24 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Ordinary holiness: The ‘Lay Away Angels’

It really is a holy night (and day) when people really carry on the spirit of Christmas --even to Kmart.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Do Protestants overlook Mary?

During Advent, Protestants are reminded that we’ve almost thrown the baby out with the bathwater, in diminishing Mary’s role in the miraculous story of Jesus’ life.

By Susan Baller-Shepard  |  05:05 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Fear Dec 21, 2012?

If you--like the ancient Mayans--believe we’re living in the fourth incarnation of creation, and that the third world was destroyed upon completing the 13th B’ak’tun, and that this world will only last as long as its predecessor…then by all means you should be concerned.

By Jason Boyett  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Beyond the ‘War on Christmas’

Can we call a truce during this often contentious time of year?

By Amy-Jill Levine  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/21/2011

The Muslim story of Christmas

The Koran is full of passages about Jesus and Mary, in fact Muslims revere Jesus as a holy prophet.

By Hesham A. Hassaballa  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 12/21/2011

A very atheist Christmas

There is an assumption that atheists don’t ‘do Christmas,’ so many are are surprised when I say how much I love it.

By Elisabeth Cornwell  |  10:24 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Create a holy Hanukkah

Instead of binding another gift in fancy wrapping that will be enjoyed and then discarded, bind your family together in the meaning of a Jewish home

By Edgar M. Bronfman  |  03:47 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/20/2011

A hand for Hanukkah

  The growing industry of Hanukkah goods allows American Jews to both feel a part of the holiday season and continue the Talmud’s tradition of publicizing the miracle.

By Yael Buechler  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/19/2011

The Gospel according to Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens’s earthly life is done, but has he ceased to exist?

By Gayle Trotter  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Scrooged: Why the 21st century now looks like the 19th

We, the American people, are being Scrooged by political attitudes that threaten to undo all the progress our society has made.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 12/18/2011

What Iraq taught us about Just War

Americans have many lessons to draw from our nine-year military engagement in Iraq. Here are three.

By Drew Christiansen  |  08:01 PM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 12/18/2011

In remembrance of my friend Hitch

Perhaps it seems odd that a physician-scientist who has written about his own conversion to Christianity should become close friends with an avowed atheist whose book subtitle is “how religion poisons everything.”

By Francis S. Collins  |  05:09 PM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Inventing peace after Gingrich’s ‘invented people’ comment

In the Middle East, these days, where most of us acknowledge that everything is invented, we need a different kind of invention: one that leads to peace.

By William Kolbrener  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Peace on earth? The end of the Iraq war

If Jesus came heralded as bringing “Peace on earth,” then the Christian view should be that all war is an offense to God because all war destroys peace.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  11:01 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Becoming all-American Muslims

The single most American thing you can do is to stand up for someone else.

By Eboo Patel  |  12:19 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Gingrich’s Catholic blind spots

Catholic values are a hard fit for American political candidates—including for Gingrich.

By Stephen Schneck  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 12/14/2011

The Catholic case for Gingrich, for now

While Gingrich’s positions on issues important to Catholics are well-known, his actions over these next critical few weeks and months will determine if he retains the support of Catholics moving forward.

By Thomas Peters  |  09:36 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Rep. King’s false religious ‘enemy within’

After another hysterical hearing on Islam, it becomes imperative to state: America is not at war with Islam. Any claims to the contrary are morally wrong and counterproductive to our national security.

By Congressman Mike Honda  |  04:28 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Episcopal Church’s tension: tradition and change

Episcopalians are the ultimate and extreme “legacy church.”

By William Tully  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Private and public faith in Israel

Living in Jerusalem, I see religious invasions into the public sphere every day.

By William Kolbrener  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Parodies of Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ ad: the gift that keeps on giving

During this holiday season, Perry’s original ad has been the gift that keeps on giving, producing creative, often faith-based parodies that have gone viral on the Web.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Who is Our Lady of Guadalupe?

The Blessed Mother is a sacred force. She is known throughout the world by thousands of names.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estés  |  10:12 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 12/11/2011

What Perry gets wrong about religion in America

Gov. Perry is right about one thing: There is something wrong in America.

By Bishop Gene Robinson  |  10:44 PM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 12/11/2011

Criminalizing mass-murder: 65 years after the UN’s first condemnation of genocide

We have indeed evolved since the end of World War II, but not yet enough to be considered truly civilized.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  10:27 PM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-gay Christianity

Perry’s misuse of the Christian faith is one reason young Americans raised in Christian homes are exiting the church at an all time.

By Brent Childers  |  03:32 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Occupy the Bible: Why Jesus is not a ‘free-marketer’

Don’t believe these ‘free-market’ interpretations of Jesus of Nazareth. They are not true to Scripture.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Land of the free, home of the beards?

The Army will allow Menachem Stern—an orthodox Jewish Rabbi—to attend military chaplaincy training without shaving his religiously-mandated beard. But other barriers to religious inclusion still remain in the military.

By Rajdeep Singh  |  08:53 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Beyond a ‘loss of faith’

Here’s the deal Mr. Day: Each of us, at any age, can choose to serve God or mammon.

By Martha Woodroof  |  03:08 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Muslims in the middle

Muslims are stuck while extremists on both sides claim to speak for their faith.

By Shadab Zeest Hashmi  |  02:40 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Drone wars: The temptation of automated conflict

This is the future of warfare, where technology fights technology. That doesn’t make it more moral.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Who benefits from new Mass translation?

Will Latin syntax slavishly reproduced in English really help Catholics to pray in a more authentic manner? Somehow, I doubt it.

By Rita Ferrone  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Honoring Ashura in Iran

The history of Ashura is reflected in every struggle against injustice in Iran.

By Melody Moezzi  |  11:17 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Tim Tebow an underdog for a troubled time

Long before the Denver Broncos quarterback threw footballs in the NFL, another unlikely sports hero captured American attention.

By Jim Daly  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/01/2011

The GOP’s Grinch?

Newt Gingrich is currently leading the polls in the Republican race to be that’s party’s presidential nominee, and he excels at mean.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  11:35 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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