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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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My own next book, The Value of Doubt, will be out in a few weeks. And I hope you'll come to the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza branch the evening of Sept. 28 to hear about it. For details and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I went off to college as an 18-year-old, I essentially left faith behind. The church, after all, was full of hypocrites, and in my teen-age arrogance I didn't want to hang out with them. It took a dozen or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You can find theological conclusions almost everywhere you look these days. In casual conversation you often hear the non-biblical bromide that God helps those who help themselves. (Actually, the Bible teaches that God helps those who can't help themselves.) On... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I just finished reading a terrific biography of the late columnist Mary McGrory, whom I met in 2000 when the National Society of Newspaper Columnists gave her our Lifetime Achievement Award. Reading the book let me relive many of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last year I wrote this post, which was critical of a new book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. I found Harari, who teaches at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to be certain of a lot... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The major terrorism stories in the last two-plus years have come from ISIS, which goes by various names. ISIS means Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ISIL, another name for the same group, means Islamic State in Iraq and the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a lot of the focus on violent Islamists has been in Europe, especially in such countries as Britain, France and Germany. And for good reason. Much of the theological and philosophical support for terrorist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When Martin Luther inadvertently began the Protest Reformation in 1517, he, of course, had no clue that the church he helped split asunder would still be divided almost 500 years later. But the Protestant-Catholic separation remains (along with the even-older... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Starting the day that Islamist terrorist murdered nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, our government has been spending all kinds of money to protect us from further acts of radical violence. The total by now has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Imam Khalid Latif (pictured here) of New York University began his remarks to the 20th annual Crescent Peace Society dinner on Saturday evening here in suburban Kansas City, he took note of the fact that he wished he were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Hundreds of people -- of many descriptions -- showed up at the Marriott Hotel in suburban Overland Park, Kan., this past Saturday evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Crescent Peace Society (CPS). And the keynote... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What happened to the so-called Arab Spring that began with such promise in early 2011 in Tunisia and quickly spread to many other countries in the Middle East? And what role did Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other religious traditions in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my experience with Mainline Protestant churches, such as the one to which I belong, it is possible to hear a fair amount of discussion about political, social and cultural news informally in classes and at the fellowship hour after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pittsburg, Mo. -- I was here a few days ago for the annual board meeting of the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center, a lovely little get-away on Lake Pomme de Terre where retreatants can experience what we call "ecumenical Christian hospitality."... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Across America even today, if you know where to look, you will find small-town Christian churches and other houses of worship from different traditions full of local history. These congregations -- even in a time of demographic religious slippage --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In trying to understand how the scandal of Catholic priests sexually abusing children could have happened, it may help to go back 70 or so years to the 1940s and '50s. The church and the culture were markedly different then.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The political talk about Muslims in American gets stranger, crazier and scarier. Now Rep. Paul Ryan's primary election opponent in Wisconsin has suggested that Americans consider the possibility of simply deporting all Muslims from the U.S. No, seriously. That's what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Of course I like the Olympics. Summer and Winter. And if there were a Spring and Fall Olympics I'd probably like and watch some of those games, too. But let's not imagine that such major events happen without some avoidable... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this year, my youngest sister and her husband, Mary and Gary, went to Japan for a visit and spent some time in Hiroshima, target of the first atomic bomb ever dropped on Aug. 6, 1945, which was 71 years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What the world (and especially the U.S.) needs now -- I mean besides love and a good no-scent tobacco-less cigar -- is interfaith leaders. (On second thought, never mind about those cigars.) These would be people who understand enough about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have let the Donald Trump-Khizr Khan controversy simmer for a few days without commenting on it because it seemed too easy just to dismiss Trump in this matter as a foolish bigot who is tone deaf about some of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we think about how the United States manages its relations with other nations and its various international crises, one thing should be clear to all of us: This is a complicated, rapidly changing world. Simplistic answers based on broad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The physical world operates through a series of processes that science can define in varying degrees of accuracy and completeness. For instance, when an egg from a female gets together with sperm from a male, there is a chance --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Among the many despicable goals of the ISIS terrorist organization is to create hostility between and among people of different religious traditions. If ISIS can get Christians, Jews, Hindus and traditionalist Muslims fighting one another, the organization might be able... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There is no doubt that most Christian denominations in the U.S. are experiencing various kinds of slippage, especially membership and attendance decline. Some are getting hurt more than others, but in general leaders of the various Christian branches are busily... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog