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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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It's been far too long since we took a bit of time out for alleged humor of the faith-based sort here. So today, on the anniversary of the 1968 publication of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, which I didn't... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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While I was off in New England recently, Old England was making a bit of news. The Church of (Old) England decided, finally, that it would permit women to become bishops. The English don't get everything right and what they... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I rarely write reviews of books or make critical comments about them until I've either finished reading them or decided that they're not worth finishing. (I hope none of you makes the latter decision about any of my books. If... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WARREN, Vt. -- My bride's cousin Diane brought the literal motherload with her when she came for the family wedding I officiated here recently. Which is to say that Diane brought several boxes of letters, cards, newspaper clippings, postcards and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WARREN, Vt. -- In the end, what is marriage? Over the centuries it has meant different things in different cultures and it certainly has come about in different ways -- from an arranged family business transaction to a political statement... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Manchester, N.H. -- I am feeling a bit ahead of my time. Why? Well, for at least a decade I've been giving talks and writing about how immigration has been changing the American religious landscape. Especially since President Lyndon B.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- As I type this (July 9) I'm in a room next to the room in which my wife's sister died two years ago today. Everything is different now. And everything still is the same. That's how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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HARWICH, Mass. -- I'm here in New England for a family wedding and to see other members of my extended family. I'll get back to daily blogging here on Friday, but in the meantime if you're looking for updates about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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HARWICH, Mass. -- I'm here in New England for a family wedding and to see other members of my extended family. I'll get back to daily blogging here on Friday, but in the meantime if you're looking for updates about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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HARWICH, Mass. -- I'm here in New England for a family wedding and to see other members of my extended family. I'll get back to daily blogging here on Friday, but in the meantime if you're looking for updates about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A couple of days ago here on the blog, I shared with you a piece about the Jain religion written by my boyhood friend from India, Justice Markandey Katju. Markandey identifies as an atheist but he is marinated in deep... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There are, at base, two attitudes about miracles. One says nothing is a miracle. The other says everything is. I tend to belong to the latter group. The first attitude once was expressed by the American humorist Elbert Hubbard this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was a boy in India, where I lived in 1956 and 1957, I first encountered Jainism. It's an ancient religion that today would be understood to have a deep concern for the welfare of all of life as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From time to time over the years something I've written has wound up in some book or other. I remember, for instance, a story I wrote as a Kansas City Star reporter about a man barricaded in a house who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Regular readers of this blog know that I take the Bible seriously but not literally. The two approaches, in fact, are mutually exclusive. One reason not to take English versions of the Bible literally is the reality that the words... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WARREN, Vt. -- I'm here in New England for a family wedding and to see other members of my extended family. I'll get back to daily blogging here on Friday, but in the meantime if you're looking for updates about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When I was a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia in the 1960s, I was always aware of (though I rarely was inside of) the A.P. Green Chapel, part of the Memorial Student Union building.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my new book, Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans, I have a chapter near the end about our efforts to explain evil. The problem for Christians and other people of faith in this effort is that every possible answer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this national holiday of independence, I know many of you are busy blowing things up and burning dead animal flesh on grills. So I'll be especially brief today. I just want to give you the wording of the First... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When we arrived at the Washington National Cathedral last Sunday afternoon, the choir lofts in the front of the sanctuary were roped off, but a 20-voice choir was practicing for the 4 p.m. evensong service. The choir... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this national holiday of independence, I know many of you are busy blowing things up and burning dead animal flesh on grills. So I'll be especially brief today. I just want to give you the wording of the First... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On our last morning here after the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, my bride and I hit some of the museum sites, including the Hirshorn. One of the exhibits there especially spoke to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Over this past weekend, I've been here attending the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. What a funny bunch of good people, who once chose me to be their president. Go figure. Anyway, I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Over this past weekend, I've been here attending the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. What a funny bunch of good people, who once chose me to be their president. Go figure. Anyway, I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps the most difficult matters to face in life have to do with disagreements with people you love and respect. That's what I've encountered again in my Presbyterian denomination in regard to two matters -- how the church thinks about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog