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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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The country (not the state) of Georgia in eastern Europe is considering adopting a law that would punish people who commit what that law describes as religious blasphemy. Government-approved anti-blasphemy laws are ridiculous, whether they come from nations like Georgia,... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Another National Prayer Breakfast has come and gone -- this time without a ton of media coverage. President Obama (pictured here) showed up again -- as all presidents have done since Ike in 1953 -- and made a pretty unsurprising... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As those of us who are Christian enter the season of Lent today on Ash Wednesday, it's an appropriate time to think about the meaning of the upcoming visit between Pope Francis and the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pope Francis has a new book out that I haven't read, though I've read some about it. It's called The Name of God is Mercy, and no doubt was timed to fit well with the pontiff's declaration of this as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Media coverage of Muslims matters, an Iowa State University psychology professor says after studying that coverage and public support for military action and restrictions against Muslims. Craig Anderson said this of the results of his research: “The influence of negative... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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President Obama's first-ever visit to a mosque in the U.S. this past Wednesday was long overdue. And although it was important for many reasons (including a political reason, given that Obama used it, among other things, to excoriate Donald Trump... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Great snakes and garters. It's been way too long here since we took a humor break. So today you get a few religious jokes from various non-original sources. You're welcome to dream up funnier ones than these and send them... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The 2016 presidential race, which started the day after the 2012 election, is, by now, far enough along as to be inevitable. One question, however, remains unanswered: Will voters educate themselves not just about the issues and about the policy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The government of Israel last week approved a compromise agreement sought by "Women of the Wall" and others to give more prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to non-Orthodox Jews. That wall is what's left of the temple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although it's true that the U.S. Constitution forbids any religious test for public office, the reality is that many people take religion into account when assessing candidates -- especially in a presidential race. One problem with that is the broad... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As many of you know, I spent two years of my boyhood in India. My parents were not missionaries, however. Well, not in a religious sense. Rather, my father was part of a University of Illinois agriculture team in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The effect any individual pope may have on people is a story that's really hard to tell in a way that can establish any broad pattern, given that there are more than 7 billion individuals on the planet. So we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several months ago, I noted here that Nebraska, known as a deeply conservative state, abolished the death penalty there. It was part of a welcome national movement that has seen people who call themselves conservative begin to work hard for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For their original hearers, the parables that Jesus told were packed with shock, subversion and, sometimes, mystery. Today we have pretty much domesticated those parables, sucking the life and blood and pizzazz out of them, so each of them can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The list of people who have been declared the Anti-Christ is long, indeed. It includes presidents, popes, run-amok politicians and entertainers. Also such make-believe characters as Barney the purple dinosaur. So I'm never shocked to find a new name added... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The paths that each of us travels to get to wherever we are in our spiritual or religious lives are all unique, though there are, of course, some experiences common to all or most of them. But in my experience,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The shrinking of Mainline Protestant churches is, by now, an old story -- dating at least to the 1960s. And most of the attention to this phenomenon goes to urban areas -- especially old, large downtown churches that have emptied... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent news that scientists have found solid evidence that there's a large, far-out planet in our solar system comes as something of a shock -- and a new reason for cosmic humility. How -- after hundreds of years of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Earlier this week, my pastor, Paul Rock, and I spoke to a large group of teachers from a local Catholic high school about our book, Jesus, Pope Francis and a Protestant Walk into a Bar: Lessons for the Christian Church.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, various forms of hostility to Islam have been seen in the U.S. Indeed, as you know, this phenomenon of demonizing Muslims has acquired the name Islamophobia. Sometimes the term is deserved, as when it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I mentioned here on Monday, the recent move by the Anglican Communion to punish the Episcopal Church in the U.S. for its open and affirming positions on LGBT people was one more example of people fighting a culture wars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Holocaust denial -- proof of the fragility of human reason -- has never disappeared. And today it remains a staple of official life in Iran, where a June 2016 cartoon contest to feature such denial has been announced. As i24news.tv... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Let's think about the meaning of the recent decision by the worldwide Anglican Communion to censure its American member, the Episcopal Church, over that church's open and affirming policy toward the LGBT community. For a clear understanding of what happened,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The United States, it is often noted, began as a Christian nation. Well, not exactly. The earliest settlers, to the dismay -- and in many ways the destruction -- of those already living here, brought with them various forms of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As regular readers of this blog know, I share information here about a lot of books with faith-based themes -- sometimes in full reviews, sometimes in shorter reviews, sometimes just in mentions. The genre that is mostly missing from those... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog