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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Perhaps it is another sign that in the United States we have entered what many sociologists and religious scholars refer to as the post-Christian age that we now regularly get articles explaining the origin and meaning of religious seasons and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Donald Trump's alarmist anti-Muslim/anti-immigrant rhetoric in the recent presidential campaign was sickening, of course, but in many ways it was just a twisted reflection of a flawed idea proposed in the early 1990s by political scientist Samuel Huntington, "The Clash... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Polity is the term used to refer to how religious groups govern themselves. For instance, the polity in the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which my congregation is a member, looks a great deal like representative democracy at the various levels... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For the last several years I've been part of a coalition of members from eight or nine churches who have been providing volunteer help at the now-closed Southwest High School in Kansas City. Now some of us have made ourselves... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Despite the fact that the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights insists that all people have a right to nationality, the United National High Commission for Refugees estimates that there are about 10 million stateless individuals in the world now.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A few months ago I wrote here about the late French philosopher and theologian René Girard and his "mimetic theory." I also did this National Catholic Reporter column about Girard. One of the primary points about Girardian thinking is that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am going to do something here this weekend that I've never done: Review seven books, all by the same author, even though I haven't finished reading every word of all seven. I do it because from the books I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Let's think about the various concerns raised because President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. One of the issues has to do with what Flynn thinks about Islam. This CNN story, for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this season of adjustment after the v... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Despite verified reports of persecution of religion around the world, here and there one can find evidence of some good news when it comes to how various religions are faring. For instance, a Christian church in Iraq has reopened after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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After the Palm Sunday 2014 shootings by a neo-Nazi that killed three people at Jewish sites in the Kansas City area, Mindy Corporon (pictured here), whose son and father were murdered, joined with the LaManno family, who lost Terri LaManno... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I write in this essay about anti-Judaism in Christian history, Christianity has a long, sad history of treating Jews as scum and vermin. It started early as the Jesus Movement eventually broke away from Judaism to establish itself as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over the last several years, members of several churches, including my own, have provided volunteers to do various tasks at the now-closed Southwest High School in Kansas City. Some of us, in turn, are making ourselves available as volunteers at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I recently wrote here about how citizens of Switzerland were lining up in opposition to offering Islam the same kind of official government recognition there that Christianity and Judaism already have. I expressed doubt that any country needs to make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Responding to the nasty presidential campaign and the appointment of a man who has a record of antisemitism to a high White House position, Jews and Muslims have launched a new partnership to fight bigotry. As the National Catholic Reporter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The aftershocks of the presidential election continue, and it looks as if we're in for some serious whiplash as President-elect Donald Trump moves toward taking power in January. I've been among those urging people to be calm and to give... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WOODSTOCK, Ill. -- My parents were resourceful, rarely wasting anything. I suppose that's true of a lot of people who lived through the Great Depression and came to deplore conspicuous consumption. For various projects, Dad would reuse old lumber that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- While I'm gone a few days visiting family in Chicagoland and making a cameo appearance in my old hometown of Woodstock, Ill., I'm going to give you a couple of sources from which to get updates about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes human memories are short, and short memories can lead to trouble, especially when they fail to forget both disaster and heroism. That's why we have museums. That's why we write books about inspiring people. That's why memory is such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some of the candidates running for national office in this year's election asserted that there is no long-term issue more important to the future of humanity and the planet than climate change. Well, perhaps that's debatable, given that some sincerely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For much of our nation's history, we have been served relatively well by a two-party political system. Oh, third, fourth and even fifth parties from time to time have highlighted particular issues, and sometimes the major parties have, over time,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Once the United States became the United States, the possibility of an official state religion was banned by the Constitution. Thank goodness. In other countries, however, there still are state-established religions. It's an anachronistic holdover from a long-gone time and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Anyone who reads the annual report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom or that from the State Department on that subject knows that religious liberty is in trouble in many places around the world. Some countries are worse... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last week in a Downtown Bible study I help to lead, chapter 8 in the book of Ezra led us into a conversation about what is sacred. I pointed to my wedding ring, which has been on my left hand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If anything is clear about this presidential election it's that the nation will remain divided -- sometimes bitterly and irrationally so -- no matter who wins the White House. One reason is that there is just so much anger and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog