The Rev. Patti Nakai of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, who blogs at Taste of Chicago Buddhism, writes that sometimes outreach programs get people in the door but don't get them to stay. The Buddhist Temple of Chicago is Jodo Shinshu, and the Rev. Show More Summary
I spent five months trying to order my soul. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates establishes the just man as the man whose soul is well-ordered. This means that his appetite, spirit, and reason play their respective roles. Reason guides the appetite and spirit, allowing the just man to evade vice and pursue virtue. Socrates explains that […]
Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students in Israel have been exempt from serving in the country’s military since the nation’s founding. Military service is mandatory for both the irreligious and the moderately devout; but ultra-Orthodox JewsShow More Summary
Not surprisingly, it was a fun, fun, fun, fun, fun time. In addition to the presence of Patti Smith, members of the National, the Drepung Gomang monks, and others, there was a special surprise for modern music fans. As Rolling Stone reports, Tuesday night’s gala concert at Carnegie Hall included a performance by the reformed […]
A mother whose child died eight hours after his birth says God gave her the strength to choose life where most women choose abortion. Today, she helps other mothers who are facing the same decision.
When religious believers ask atheists why we insist that religious belief can be harmful, there are so many valid answers that it can be difficult to know where to start. One of the more common categories of reasons includes the perils...Show More Summary
Another week, another half-hilarious, half-tragic Richard Dawkins meltdown on Twitter. This time, Dawkins, who prior to becoming a jester of the Twittersphere was apparently a well respected author, used the opportunity of International Women's Day to blast the "loathsome religion" of Islam. He tweeted a photo of three Afghani women in short skirts in the [...]
In Cedar Rapids, a fire truck bearing a religious-y image and the words of Psalm 23 may have to undergo a slight renovation:
Perry Noble on Medicating Mental Illness; American Support for LGBT Rises; Bob Jones University Abuse Inquiry Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness—Perry Noble I'm thankful for Perry's words here. We are right not beginning...Show More Summary
A graduate of a Southern Baptist seminary and former campus Baptist minister is suing to overturn an Alabama law that does not recognize gay marriages performed outside of the state.
A California pastor says he is concerned about the state of the church and believes that Christianity in America has shifted away from the Gospel and instead of being the light of the world, Christians are beginning to look just like the world.
There's a heavy-duty lesson for us how the 12 spies reacted to the Promised Land. Remember, these 12 men traveled throughout the same land. They saw the same things. But they came to two very different conclusions.
A long time ago, in a galaxy rather close by, a new generation of Christians were as excited about the latest books as today’s host of internet bloggers. While we might think the universe didn’t exist until we were born, there was the same mix of academic writers as well as popular writers. One of […]
A 700 Club viewer named Michele revealed that soon after she'd watched a horror film, she got into a traffic accident. And she wondered: "Did watching a creepy movie cause a curse, or the Lord's protection to be lifted from me? Did I grieve the Holy Spirit?" Host Pat Robertson wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly what had happened to Michele, he said.
TODAY IS THE FAST OF ESTHER (in anticipation of Purim). An easy fast to all those observing. More here.
FREED: Syria: Abducted Maaloula nuns released in prisoner exchange (Christian Today).Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three helpers, who had been held by Syrian rebel forces since December 2013, have been released in exchange for female prisoners held by the Syrian regime.[...]Show More Summary
NEW BOOK FROM SBL: Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology Eric D. Reymond ISBN 1589839331 Status Available Price: $52.95 Binding Hardback Publication Date February, 2014 Pages 328 A unique study of the Hebrew...Show More Summary
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PAST HORIZONS: Petra monuments orientated according to celestial events.During the winter solstice, the sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, illuminating the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal. Show More Summary