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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this past week about same-sex marriage, I was thinking again how astonishing it is that many in our society have changed their thinking so rapidly about this matter. Well, I say rapidly, but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When a neo-Nazi white supremacist (allegedly) murdered three people a year ago at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Mindy Corporon (pictured here) suffered a double disaster. Both her teen-age son, Reat Underwood, and her father, Dr. William Corporon,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There is no shortage of theories about why the world has been plagued by antisemitism for centuries. Nor is there a shortage of books about this subject. If you haven't read much about this matter and want a few book... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about the recent disastrous earthquake in Nepal and suggested that it would be good if the Pat Robertson crowd of theologians who see natural disasters as punishment from God would just be quiet... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent earthquake in Nepal was devastating, and it has been hard to imagine what good or inspiring words might come out of such a calamity. Sometimes when natural disasters like this strike, fool preachers like Pat Robertson will pontificate... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One sure sign that someone is making an impact on the world is that people begin writing books about him or her. Take Pope Francis (pictured here), for instance. Since his election a bit more than two years ago, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1960s and '70s, which I lived through and survived, Americans grew considerably more used to challenging authority. It was a necessary skill, considering the way government authorities were lying to us about such matters as body counts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes people with no religious affiliation dismiss the presence of faith communities as sources merely of useless or even harmful superstitions that add nothing to the common good. You hear this especially these days from some of the more aggressive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What do you notice about the date today, as I have it in the headline here? Here's what I noticed: It contains the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, though not in that order. Is God trying to tell... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The long-awaited resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese, announced yesterday, is welcome for several reasons: 1. It removes from a position of authority a man who failed to protect vulnerable children from a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In Christianity, the study of theories about how churches form and function is called ecclesiology. The word comes from the Greek word that gets translated "church," but that literally means "called out" or "called together." In other words, a church... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you are 15 years old and American, so far in your life you have lived through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a war in Afghanistan, a war in Iraq and the Great Recession -- plus the continuing ripple effects emanating... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the constant struggles for faith communities is whether -- and in what way -- to take positions on public issues. Should this church adopt a resolution in favor of a nuclear treaty with Iran? Should that synagogue not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A couple of years ago I wrote here about a new book that sought to help readers understand what is meant by "moral injury." To quote from Soul Repair by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Latini, "Moral injury results when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I spent about 10 days in Israel just three years ago this month, and when I returned I wrote this post, suggesting that the time was ripe for Israel -- from an unprecedented position of strength -- to do the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It is now crystal clear that Pope Francis (pictured here) intends to do the heavy lifting required to move the Catholic Church back to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, which wrapped up more than 50... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most Americans -- whether people of faith or not -- can recite some version of the opening sentence in the book of Genesis: "In the beginning, God. . ." But it helps to remember that when we read the Bible... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For decades now, Harvey Cox has been an important voice in American theological circles, beginning with his early classic, The Secular City, first published in 1965. Now, toward the end of his career, he offers a book that would have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the more remarkable American religious stories is being commemorated this weekend. It was on April 12, 1914, that an 11-day convention wrapped up in Hot Springs, Ark., with the founding of the Assemblies of God denomination. That denomination,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The presidential candidates already are announcing that they are running and once again a country full of religious people will have to figure out what, if anything, the religion of the candidates means for how they will perform in public... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I really liked Brennan R. Hill's earlier book, World Religions and Contemporary Issues, which I reviewed here. So I looked forward to reading his new book, The Jesus Dialogues: Jesus Speaks with Religious Founders and Leaders. In this book, Hill,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The so-far incomplete nuclear deal with Iran looks promising, and I hope it comes to a successful conclusion. But I am concerned about whether and how religion will play into all of this and whether our government officials are cognizant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Addiction is not just a physical affliction. It's also a spiritual problem. And a rabbi who had to wrestle with his own addition is coming to Kansas City this coming Monday to be honored for his work and to offer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I speak to groups about interfaith matters, I usually ask audience members to tell me which they think is the largest religion in the world, which is to say, the one with the most adherents. Inevitably someone will say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The major world religions try to help adherents with the inevitable task of all humanity -- trying to figure out the purpose of life. A small example: The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it in Q & A form (to say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog