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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Americans are working through one of the most frustrating years in our collective memory -- and it's not yet clear whether we can emerge from 2020 with any possibility that the "United" in our "United States" name will mean anything... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In the long list of institutions and movements that have suffered in this exhausting pandemic, faith communities continue to be damaged in various ways, even as some good things happen to, for and with them. Many Christian churches now are... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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As more Americans recognize that our population is turning increasingly pluralistic in terms of religion, many people, out of curiosity, may be tempted to pick up the scripture of a faith tradition different from their own and start reading it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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A Bible study group I help to lead has been reading some of the so-called minor prophets in the Tanakh, which Christians traditionally have called the Old Testament. We've been trying to see what Micah and others have to teach... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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It is too simplistic to put it this way, but in some sense Christianity in the U.S. can be divided between those who focus on individual salvation and those who are more concerned about helping to create a moral, just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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It is far from news that -- at least in terms of percentages of the population -- Christianity in the U.S. is (and for decades has been) on the slide. As this interesting column from Good Faith Media notes, "While... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Family is important. No doubt. It shapes us and sometimes misshapes us. It encourages us and sometimes crushes our hopes. It nurtures us and sometimes abuses us. In thinking about family from a religious point of view, however, what Christians... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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For several reasons, today I'm going to explore what a science fiction writer I know calls "faithism." In a recent note to me, he wrote this: "Christianity and Judaism and Islam and all supernatural religions that say THEY are superior... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The Holocaust is the most famous genocide in history -- and it happened within the lifetimes of many people who still are alive. And yet a new 50-state survey of millennials and members of Gen Z finds what must be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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In many ways, the ongoing story of protests in American streets against racial injustice has deep roots in religion. That's certainly true of misguided and misused religion that tolerated, if not actively encouraged, slavery -- and then, when the Civil... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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There have been European immigrants to the U.S. -- including the Irish and the Italians -- who had to negotiate their way into a culture in which white people were (and are) the dominant caste in a country founded on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Many characters found in Bible stories are, well, flawed people, starting with Adam and Eve. Moses murdered a guy and had to flee. Peter denied Jesus three times, and other disciples of Jesus sometimes come off as dumb as fence... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Pope Francis said something the other day that didn't get a lot of attention, but I think it's worth unpacking a little. "Gossiping," he said, is a "plague worse than COVID." He departed from his prepared text to say that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Was it God's plan to have Christianity supersede Judaism, making the latter irrelevant and obsolete? That arrogant belief, called supersessionism, has been around for a long time and has helped to create century after century of Christian anti-Judaism, the history... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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A few months ago, here on the blog, I wrote about what researchers might find now that the Vatican archives covering the papacy (1939-1958) of Pius XII (pictured here) are being made public. One of the early results has to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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It is a risky -- but almost inevitable -- business to try to determine how people of various faith traditions (and none) will vote in any presidential election. Part of the reason is that not all (fill in the blank)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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This past May, here on the blog, I mentioned a valuable book, The Death of Expertise. Its author worries -- with good reason -- that Americans are devaluing what real experts are trying to teach us. Often that's in favor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Over the past few years I've gotten to know Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, based at Indiana University. We met a few years ago when he and I both were on a panel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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What people consider sacred space should be, but often isn't, protected. As people fight over it, as they're doing now in both India and Turkey (and no doubt in many other places), it's important to remember that such spaces are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Many people who identify as evangelical Christians seem oddly in love with religious leaders who betray or mislead them (Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress) and political leaders who simply want their votes. It's hard to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Over the course of my life, I've often heard that the U.S. has an important "Judeo-Christian heritage." And that this heritage continues in many ways to define who we Americans are and what we stand for. The only problem with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Chapters five, six and seven of the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament contain what has been called Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount." And even though scholars think the contents of that so-called sermon were delivered in smaller bites... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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I will start today by asking what I think is a really foolish question and then link you to this Tablet Magazine article that will provide a long, fascinating and complicated answer. Here's the question: Is humanity being plagued by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Any Americans familiar with the Civil Rights Movement know that the historically black church provided much of the leadership for it. The best and most famous example is the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And when King was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Anti-Catholic prejudice in the U.S. -- and around the world, for that matter -- is an old problem. Here is a description of that history from a Catholic point of view. And here is a description of it from a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Bill's Faith Matters blog