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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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As I have written here and in other venues way more than once, I oppose capital punishment. There are many reasons for my stance, including the fact that since 1973 there have been 157 people on death row who have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The first time I was ever in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, where I've now been a member for 38-plus years, was to attend the funeral of my colleague Bill Vaughan (pictured here), The Kansas City Star's Starbeams columnist... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People (like me) who value interfaith dialogue and, in fact, think it's essential for a religiously pluralistic country like the United States, get frustrated by the fact that a lot of Christians who identify as conservative or evangelical show little... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's way past time for a humor break here on the blog. There's been so much darn serious stuff going on that we've ignored funny stuff. But ignoring funny stuff is always a bad idea. So here are a few... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The immigration ban that President Trump sought to put in place by executive order -- but that the courts have halted in its xenophobic tracks -- is no isolated event divorced from a world view that sees Islam as an... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I spent some time in Saudi Arabia almost 15 years ago, I saw a country struggling to find its soul after finally acknowledging that most of the 9/11 hijackers were from there. Many religious and government officials then realized... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Another stack of new books related in some way to religion and spirituality has landed on my home office desk, and it's time I let you know about them in brief in case you want to run out to your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I return this weekend to a topic I've written about often, the death penalty. Its problems are myriad and it needs to be abolished throughout the United States (and the world, for that matter). Until it is, innocent people may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For all the good religion does -- the healing, the guidance toward wholeness, the moral foundations it builds, the charity, the respect, the love -- sometimes it also wounds people. And sometimes those wounds are difficult, if not impossible, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As my church moves through a year-long commemoration of the start of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, we are hearing from several speakers and engaging in lots of talk not just about history but also about what the church... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What's known as the modern sanctuary movement has been around for decades. Mostly it was focused on providing a safe haven for undocumented immigrants from Central and South America. Churches in places like Tucson, Ariz., were at the forefront of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this day that celebrates love, we might do ourselves and our Valentines a favor by setting aside all the nonsense about love that we get in both obvious and subliminal messages from our culture. You know: Love is mostly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over and over again in sacred writ from various traditions, adherents are urged to treat refugees with compassion. "Don't exploit or mistreat the refugee, the orphan and the widow," the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah (22:3) quotes God as saying. ". .... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other evening a book-reading group at my church was gathered to talk with me about my own latest book, The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith. One of the subjects that came up had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the disheartening developments in the field of religion that I haven't had time recently to write about is the upheaval happening with the group called SNAP, formed to give voice to people sexually abused by priests and others... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Johnson Amendment that President Trump recently promised in his recent National Prayer Breakfast speech to "get rid of and totally destroy" doesn't show up much on lists of issues the American public cares about. But it should. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- I spent most of an hour here Sunday morning talking at Harvard University's Memorial Church "Faith and Life Forum" about my new book, The Value of Doubt. But the key audience question didn't come until near the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because Mormonism is perhaps the only major world religious movement to have started in the United States, it has always seemed to me to have taken on a peculiarly American identity. It is, in that way, innovative though socially conservative.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- I was here this past weekend speaking at Memorial Church at Harvard about my new book, The Value of Doubt. So until I get back to regular blogging tomorrow, I will give you some ideas about where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have been to Jerusalem and nearby Bethlehem twice. Once was in December 1957, when Jerusalem was a divided city -- between Israel and Jordan. And once was in April 2012 when I helped to lead a Jewish-Christian study tour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have been intrigued in recent days with the various ways in which organizations with religious backgrounds have been issuing a blizzard of statements about developments in the news, particularly actions taken by President Trump and his administration. In effect,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Deborah Lipstadt (pictured here) is a terrific historian and scholar whose book about the trial of Adolf Eichmann I wrote about here in 2011. More recently she has been involved in creation of a movie, "Denial," which is about a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One reason it's so difficult to lead -- whether we're talking about families, community organizations, city councils or the government of the United States -- is that sometimes a leader's actions have unintended and unexpected consequences. The best leaders have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The annual March for Life in Washington -- which, as Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star correctly notes in this column, is more complicated than just expressing opposition to abortion -- has left me wondering (again) about the labels... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog