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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Americans, as I've said more than once, live in a death-denying culture, despite all the fake deaths we see on TV and in the movies. We do whatever we can to stay young, including paying plastic surgeons to make us... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The first significant piece I wrote about LGBTQ people was in 1993 for The Kansas City Star, and had to do with the debate at the time over the "don't-ask, don't-tell" policy about gays in the military. From that time... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Many factors have affected religious affiliation in the U.S. in recent decades, an obvious result being the slide in membership of Mainline Protestant churches. But what role has the ubiquitous internet played in all of this? How many people go... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Reports of the death of religion at the hands of science have, time after time, been greatly exaggerated. Yes, there has been a process of secularization in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, particularly Europe -- a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most common lessons about life to be preached by the world's great religions (and either later or earlier, by philosophy systems) is the need always and everywhere to care about and work for the common good. Self-centeredness... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Whether from the Bible or from such classics as The Exodus by Leon Uris, most of us know the story of the enslaved Jews in Egypt escaping captivity there several thousand years ago, wandering in the desert for 40 years... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the reasons many of the early settlers left England to come to what eventually became the United States was that they didn't want to be part of their country's established church, the Church of England. But, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There was a time in America when at least a few theologians were quite famous. And by theologians I don't mean revivalist preachers or pastors of famous churches. I mean people who study (ology) God (theo) and write about their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I will use the space here today to give you some resources that will help to update you on the terrorist threat to the U.S. -- both external and internal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What's most newsworthy today about the Protestant Reformation is not that it started 500 years ago next month, though that's what's getting the most attention. Rather, what's most worth paying attention to regarding the Reformation is the way it continues... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because religious affiliation is not a question that U.S. census takers ask (or should ask), we rely on other organizations to give us a reliable picture of what America's religious landscape looks like and how it's changing. One of those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As many of you know, I write a column, called "A small c catholic," for the National Catholic Reporter. In one sense I'm sort of NCR's Protestant voice. NCR has given me great freedom to write about whatever I think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When Germany's Nazi leadership decided in the early 1940s that they would try to murder all the Jews of Europe -- a diabolical scheme that almost succeeded -- they certainly did not imagine that more than 70 years later a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It is hard to think of anything praiseworthy to say about the late Fred Phelps and his homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. The fact that when Phelps still was alive he and his theological thugs picketed me personally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this day when we honor workers and think about what kinds of economic systems are fairest to workers, meaning the least oppressive, I want to share with you this piece, which you already may have seen in The Kansas... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you have read me for some time you know I'm not a fan of the Rev. Pat Robertson, host of TV's "The 700 Club" and former candidate for the Republican Party's nomination for president. His theology, if you ask... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A little more than two years after Dylann Roof murdered nine African-Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first person in U.S. history sentenced to die for a federal hate crime, that crime still baffles most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we work our way up to Oct. 31, the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, what is becoming clearer to me is that astonishing breadth of the protesters and dissenters who were inspired by the spirit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have never boxed and have never been a fan of boxing. The closest I've come to seeing boxing, except in flipping by it on TV now and then, was in the late 1960s when I covered a visit to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes you just have to laugh at people of faith. (That sometimes means laughing at myself.) Laughing is just what I did when I ran across the name of a 17th Century Englishman: Praise-God Barebone. What's better is this: The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Recently here on the blog I talked about the various ways some people in our culture seem to be vulnerable to conspiracy theories, fake news and magical thinking. Being susceptible to bogus science, to far-out occult theories of supernatural intervention... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This weekend I want to return to a subject I dealt with earlier here and here -- the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the U.S. ambassador for religious freedom. The Senate has yet to confirm Brownback for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In recent weeks, the idea of nuclear war has been floating around our political atmosphere like a dreaded ghost from the past, a specter so distressing and destructive that it's in a category all its own. The threatening shouts between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Recently here on the blog, I wrote about the various ways that Americans have bought into fake news, conspiracy theories and magical thinking. Truth becomes a casualty when that happens. Facts become what an aide to Donald Trump has called... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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HARRISON, Ark. -- Drivers traveling through here on northbound U.S. 65 close to the Missouri border can find evidence that the fragility of human reasoning undergirding white supremacy is not just alive and well but willing to take its place... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog