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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Now that I'm back from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual conference in Indianapolis, I want to say a few words of comfort to people -- especially Christians -- who, unlike me, did not welcome the recent U.S. Supreme... Continue reading
Posted 6 minutes ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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INDIANAPOLIS -- I've been here several days attending the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, of which I used to be president. I expect to get back to regular blogging here tomorrow, but while I work my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the inevitable questions about murder, chaos, evil, is why God didn't do something to stop it, assuming that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving. It's a question people have been asking again and again after the recent massacre of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day in a post here on the blog, I mentioned, almost in passing, that the primary religion of Americans seems to be consumerism. Now comes Bruce P. Rittenhouse, an ethics professor, who makes that very claim based on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Another thing that an uncritical, literalistic reading of the Bible can produce is what Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, calls "a false theology of power and dominance.” Which is to say that by reading certain New Testament passages as suggesting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because of its significance in speaking to an issue that is not ever going to go away, I return today to the recent encyclical on ecology from Pope Francis, "Laudato Si," or "Praise Be." If you have read about it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Just a night after the despicable murder of nine people at a Bible study in a South Carolina church, several hundred of us gathered in Kansas City to honor a retiring pastor who has dedicated much of his ministry to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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New opinion polling shows that Americans' confidence in "organized religion" has fallen to a record low. If you are surprised by this, you apparently failed to be aware of any of these news stories in the last 60 years: *... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we Americans move toward another Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July, we almost certainly will hear repeats of various versions of how and why the United States was founded. Here are some elements of the founding stories... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My regular readers know that I favor marriage equality for gays and lesbians. And that I find no biblical warrant to consider homosexuality a sin. For my essay on that subject, look under the "Check this out" headline on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am writing this after an Italian publication leaked the environmental encyclical that Pope Francis planned to release today but before that release. Which means I'm trusting that some of the passages Western journalists translated into English are accurate. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we think about the 2016 presidential race, I want to take you back to this date in 1972. That's when the Watergate break-in occurred. Several burglars were arrested inside the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee -- burglars... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As summer approaches, the stack of new faith-related books on my desk approaches the ceiling of my home office. It's time to say a brief word or two about them so you can decide whether you want to add any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Friends and friends I haven't yet met: We have gone on far too long here without a humor break. And so, on this, the birthday of my childhood friend with what I thought was a funny name -- Rosalinda Blatter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I wrote here on the blog a couple of years ago on the basis of this interview with an Abraham Lincoln scholar, Lincoln for much of his life could accurately be described as a deist. That is, he acknowledged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I wrote recently in this column for The National Catholic Reporter, one of the people doing cutting-edge scholarly work on the Apostle Paul is a Kansas Citian named Mark D. Nanos, who teaches now at the University of Kansas.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have long admired teacher, author and evangelist Tony Campolo (pictured here), whom I've heard speak and preach a couple of times. His prophetic voice has called lots of sometimes-apathetic Christians to ministries of social justice and mercy among the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I spent several years reading almost nothing but Holocaust-related books in preparation for writing They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, co-authored with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn. In the process, the question of why antisemitism exists... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps you recall the incident a few weeks ago in which a 19-year-old college student confronted GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush, with this charge: "Your brother created ISIS." Jeb Bush begged to differ,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For a long time -- but especially starting in the 20th Century -- people have been predicting that religion would die away almost everywhere. The most recent such prediction is a bit more limited in geographic scope, but it prophesies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In recent years, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in suburban Kansas City has brought several fascinating exhibitions to the area, mostly to the National Archives next to Union Station at the edge of Downtown. The gift of those exhibitions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In 2011, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, director of the Indiana University Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, wrote an excellent book called The End of the Holocaust. One of his concerns was that the term "Holocaust" was being widely applied... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in 1985, one part of life in Kansas City was great (the Royals would win their first and only World Series) while another was devastating (AIDS was killing lots of people -- at the time mostly young gay men).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For our digital, online age, here's an idea coming out of an Episcopal space that may be of use not just to other Christians but also to people of all faiths: Offer an online school to educate people and deepen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the world waits for an important encyclical on the environment from Pope Francis (expected some time this month or next), it's worth looking back at how the Catholic Church in particular has dealt with scientific information, theories and advancement... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog