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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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With several days of distance between the racist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and now, it's time to take a new look at what happened there and what it means for people of faith -- especially white Christians --... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Before the sun-shattering darkness of the total eclipse arrives on Monday, sending all of us into panic and navel-gazing and possibly mindless shopping sprees, I think maybe it's time for a small humor break. After this bizarre, at-times disgusting week... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over the course of American history, different immigrant groups have created organizations designed to watch out for the their own interests. There have been churches in which services were offered in German, say, or Swedish. There have been sports teams... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's simply no question, as Kurt Anderson asserts in this cover story in the current issue of The Atlantic, that Americans increasingly have become willing consumers of conspiracy theories, fake news and magical thinking. What Anderson calls the "fantasy industrial... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day here on the blog I mentioned a new estimate from the Pew Research Center that Islam would be the world's largest religion by 2060, which is 15 years earlier than Pew's previous estimate of when it would... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since Jean Richardson, the former program director at Ghost Ranch, left some years ago to take a similar position at the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in northeast Pennsylvania, I've been seeking an opportunity to go to Kirkridge and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For a long time I've been writing about the importance of interfaith understanding and basic religious literacy. The book to start with is Stephen Prothero's Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't. But I have a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A friend from Denver visited my wife and me recently and left with me a copy of the Denver Post that included this Washington Post story about artificial intelligence and some of its pros and cons. Among the questions this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Well before the Human Genome Project was completed almost 15 years ago, I was writing commentary and analysis pieces for The Kansas City Star about ethical questions associated with the growing ability to manipulate the human genetic code. For instance,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over this past weekend here on the blog, I linked readers to a piece about 10 questions one might want to ask about death before death comes. (This short video shows Fr. W. Paul Jones, resident director of the Hermitage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the more astonishing religious demographic changes in the U.S. in the last several decades has been the growth of the "nones," meaning the religiously unaffiliated -- those people who, when asked to pick their religion from a list,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you've been anything like a regular reader of my words over the last half century you know that I have spent a lot of time writing about death. As I've explained over and over, I believe that you will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Seventy years ago this month, India achieved independence from the British crown and the country was partitioned into primarily Hindu India and primarily Muslim Pakistan, which at the time was divided into an east and west branch. The east branch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Resistance to the malevolent reign of the Nazis in Germany took many forms, though many of the resisters suffered greatly, even unto death. Although sometimes Jews are accused of not resisting enough, the reality is that they resisted in lots... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In some ways, today's post here on the blog will be a follow-up to Monday's post about Sam Brownback being nominated as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom. My hope is that he and the U.S. State Department, of which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- With some family visiting from out-of-town, I made a stop last week at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum here on campus. What immediately came back to me was something author Annie Dillard once wrote in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although Americans cherish religious liberty -- and have from the beginning -- it helps to be clear what is meant by the term when different Americans use it. For instance, many early settlers in what eventually became the United States... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in February, when President Trump started making serious noises about repealing the Johnson Amendment (which prevents churches and other non-profits from endorsing political candidates), I wrote this blog post suggesting that Trump, once again, was wrong. "Not only should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Someone from Business Insider has created this series of maps to show the ways in which various religions spread around the globe across history. At first glance it appears to be a helpful, quick summary that generally sticks to accurate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In 1967 I had just graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and, that summer, began work as a reporter for the now-defunct Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union, a Gannett flagship paper, along with the morning Democrat & Chronicle. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The public fascination with the total eclipse of the sun coming Aug. 21 is a reminder that the initial impulse of religion is wonder and awe. Of course, wonder and awe can lead in several directions -- toward gratitude and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today is an odd anniversary in the history of religion. On this date in 1968 Pope Paul VI published an encyclical called Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) that condemned artificial methods of birth control. Against the wishes of even a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The word cult used to mean just about any religious gathering. But eventually it came to refer to small, strange religious groups that held unhealthy sway over followers and that sometimes degenerated into violence -- including the violence of self-annihilation.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In matters of faith, there is much to be said for being comfortable with mystery, with paradox, with ambiguity. After all, we humans are finite while what religion calls God is infinite. Any god we could comprehend exhaustively would not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am often intrigued by the various connections I find among people I know who, it turns out, know people I know even though I didn't know it. Follow that? An example that has to do with the subjects I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog