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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Human beings are built for relationship. It's one of the primary tenets of religion. We are born hungry not just for a closeness with our parents and other family members but also for a vertical relationship with our creator. It's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Just three days into the new year of 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote a short letter to evangelist Billy Graham. It contained a plea: "Pray for me, too. I cannot fulfill this trust unless God... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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About the time I headed to Texas last week, a United Nations organization, the International Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.), issued a report full of scary warnings about the state of the environment and where we're headed. Here's a story... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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AUSTIN, Texas -- I've been here over the weekend to visit family and friends. Regular blogging will resume tomorrow. But for today, I'm going to give you a couple of sites you can turn to for some news and analysis... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The seemingly irreparable divisions in the American body politic are disheartening. Principled compromise, which used to be how legislative and judicial bodies moved forward, has been labeled treasonous and jettisoned by lots of True Believers. What may be even more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Now that the confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh to be a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court is most of a week behind us, I'm going to return to a question raised by the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In Bob Woodward's revealing new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, there's not a lot of talk about matters related to religion and faith. But there is one passage that describes a conversation between now-resigned presidential adviser Steve Bannon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In Christianity, the word evangelism has become deeply entangled with a branch of the faith that purposely calls itself evangelical. In turn, in our increasingly post-Christian American society, the term evangelical often carries with it the ideas of rigidity, of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The scientific genius Albert Einstein (pictured here) grew up as a devout Jew. As this Chicago Tribune story notes, "he wrote songs in praise of God, which he belted out as he walked to and from his high school." But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back 25 or so years ago, some people, including me, from my church created what we called a religion-science dialogue group that gave presentations on different subjects around town. It was a way of suggesting that science and religion need... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the early or mid-1970s, another Kansas City Star reporter and I were assigned to do some stories about what repeal of blue laws might mean in our area. As most of you know, blue laws forbid most businesses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the things that, for centuries, has attracted people to the Bible -- especially the Hebrew scriptures -- is the collection of marvelous stories. From the creation stories (there are two) in Genesis, to Noah's flood, to Moses parting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this date 489 years ago -- Oct. 4, 1529 -- a crucial Christian theological gathering called the Marburg Colloquy ended without an agreement among the early leaders of the Protestant Reformation on how to understand a central sacrament of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps you, like me, remember the publication of Salman Rushdie's provocative novel, The Satanic Verses, just 30 years ago. I recall being the emcee of a book and author dinner at the time and suggesting to the audience that all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The suicide of a 14-year-old girl in England has moved her church to adopt a policy of full inclusion of LGBTQ people, this Patheos.com piece reports. I have no idea why it takes such catastrophes for change to happen. Especially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you can stand it, I want to return today to the Ford-Kavanaugh testimony (the two are pictured here) of last Thursday to make a point having to do with more evidence that many white Christian evangelicals in the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1960s and '70s, something in Christianity eventually called "Liberation Theology" became ascendant, given a boost especially in South America by such theologians as Leonardo Boff of Brazil. The basic idea was that God had a "preferential option... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, the #MeToo movement in light of sexual misconduct all over the place, the latest accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the new admission by Pope Francis that his church hasn't got... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When India achieved independence from Britain in August 1947, the country was partitioned. The largest part of the subcontinent was designated as India and its population would be predominantly Hindu. Two smaller areas were called West and East Pakistan (the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my experience, almost any time I hear a religious leader decry a movement or warn about the possibility of some disaster, I can be pretty sure that he or she is late responding to something that should have been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On my iPad and smartphone I keep the "YouVersion" Bible app. It offers dozens of different translations and is pretty easy to navigate. Sometimes if there's a shortage of Bibles in the pews for worship at services at my church,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I and many others have reported a lot in recent years, one of the major changes in the American religious landscape has been the rise of the "nones," or the religiously unaffiliated. Current estimates suggest that they now make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (pictured here) is the best novel ever written by an American (oh, it is, too), I reread it periodically. I used to do so every couple of years, and once wrote... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In January 1955, I attended a party in Streator, Ill., to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my maternal grandparents, Gust and Amanda Helander. I was 10 years old and imagined my grandparents to be 125 or so. In August... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I like to think of my friendship with Markandey Katju as a good example of how to have an ongoing civil dialogue between a person of faith (me) and an atheist (him). (The photo here today shows us together in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog