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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Yes, yes, I know I'm late in suggesting some new books you might want to give as holiday gifts, but the truth is I already suggested some some weeks ago here. Besides, do you buy books I list just as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Josef Stalin, that brutal dictator, once dismissed a pope by asking how many divisions of soldiers the pontiff controlled. It was one-dimensional thinking, not uncommon for history's tyrants. The reality in modern times is that the pope -- unarmed except... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am not a Muslim but over the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks I have tired of non-Muslims demanding that the followers of Islam apologize for and/or condemn any act of terrorism done by knaves who hide behind Islam... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In important ways, the Protestant Reformation was about making the Bible available to people in the pews in their own language. Until then, the Bible was mostly either in its original Hebrew and Greek or in a Latin translation from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The idea of offering resources to improve religious literacy in the country is catching on. And given the theological, biblical and general religious illiteracy rampant in the U.S., that's a good thing. Indeed, I'm part of a group that is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because I think it's valuable, educational and important to look for the almost-inevitable religious thread running through news stories that seem a bit unrelated to religion, I was curious what that thread might be in the recent U.S. Senate report... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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More than four months after Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teen-ager, and three weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, this question remains for people of faith: What should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's impossible for me to imagine any full-range expression of faith that doesn't include some kind of music -- whether it's as intricate as Mozart's sermons, which were done in musical notes, or the simple but often haunting call to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this season of Advent, people are reminded that one of the central claims and tenets of Christianity is that God became incarnate in the human Jesus of Nazareth. The incarnation has kept theologians (and worse) employed for centuries as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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All right. Today it's time to put in a good word for a cause being pursued by atheists. It's this: The constitutions of seven states still have requirements that citizens believe in God if they want to hold public office.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past summer I was in Washington, D.C., for the annual conference ofthe National Society of Newspaper Columnists. While there, my wife and I had a bit of time to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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While reading this recent blog post by my childhood friend from India, Justice Markandey Katju, I learned of yet another example of human susceptibility to nonsense about history, especially ancient history and even pre-history, which includes the story of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A pastor once told me that he knows some people who are so concerned about getting to heaven that they're no earthly good. Indeed, heaven can be an obsession -- and not just with Christians. But the Christian imagination about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times in recent years I've written here and elsewhere about the now-commonly-used tag that calls people "spiritual but not religious." In fact, the term has become so widely used that some scholars and others have taken to referring to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For the last 20 or 30 years, megachurches have flourished in the American culture -- partly because some of them have offered what people's yearning hearts desperately seek, good news, and partly because some of them have offered what lots... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Another thing I like about Pope Francis is that he regularly reminds people of foundational religious beliefs and what those beliefs mean for how we are to live. He did that again in Turkey the other day while condemning the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If Ferguson, Mo., drifts out of the public memory in the next few weeks or months, we will have lost an important opportunity to move toward not just better race relations in the U.S. but a fairer society for everyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have done a lot of reading about the Holocaust, partly because I've co-authored They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust. You don't write about the Shoah without doing a lot of reading about it,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The idea that religions need strict blasphemy laws to protect them is self-contradictory. Such laws say that a religion is inherently weak and vulunerable and cannot stand up against insults to it. Why would a religion want such a thing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In Ubuntu Theology, promoted by such bright lights as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, the idea is that if one of us is ill we all are ill, if one of us is broken we all are broken. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What happens when religion gets twisted, subverted, used in evil ways? Almost certainly that question brings to your mind the ways in which Islamist terrorists have hijacked Islam and used it to justify violence and other forms of extremism. And... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Thanks. Or, as they say in Portuguese: O... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Is there anything more mysterious, more presumptive or even more arrogant than prayer? What makes us imagine that the Creator of the cosmos, the Divine Conductor, the Intelligent Designer, the Original Impulse of Love wants to hear from us or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the interest of complicating your thinking and punching some holes in stereotypes, today I'm sharing with you this article about seven big business CEOs and their religious affiliations. In this list, you've got your Hindu, your Southern Baptist, your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most faith communities these days are trying to figure out how to connect with their neighbors, many of whom seem not to want to have much to do with religion. The religious landscape of the country has been changing significantly,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog