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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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As those of us who are Christian celebrate Easter this weekend, I want to share with you a book that offers a different sort of hope, but hope nonetheless. It's Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto: Writing Our History, edited with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I confess that despite the fact that I think environmental degradation may be what most threatens the future of humanity, I have paid almost no attention to the so-called Green New Deal proposed by Democrats in Congress. My excuse of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What, exactly, does it mean to have a sense of oneness about life? And more to the point, what difference does it make if, in fact, you have such a sense? New research published by the American Psychological Association suggests... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares for the 2020 count, one of the questions it won't be asking is about what religion, if any, you follow. But should it ask that? That's the question this story in the Deseret News... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Like many people, my heart was wounded when I heard about Notre Dame Cathedral catching fire yesterday. In honor of that amazing old building, I'm reprinting today a January 2000 column I wrote about the cathedral from Paris. You can... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As work on mapping the human genome made progress in the 1990s I followed it and wondered where it was leading. When the work of mapping the 3.1 billion subunits of DNA that make it up was completed in 2000... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In his 2015 book, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, Philip Jenkins argued persuasively that that brutal and astonishing conflagration had many theological overtones and undertones. As, I suppose, all wars do, given... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Christians move through this season of Lent, Jews approach Passover (starting at sundown a week from now) and people of other faith traditions mark milestones on their annual liturgical calendars, life inevitably intrudes, requiring us all to face difficult... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about the sometimes-surprising way Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is speaking openly about his Christian faith. Among those who've taken note of this and other examples of religious talk among politicians who identify... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The mayor of South Bend, Ind., is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and is openly talking about two matters: That he's gay and that he thinks his Christian faith should be guiding his decisions about public policy. It's the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the Kansas City area this week marks another annual observation of SevenDays events, including some interfaith gatherings, it's good to know that other communities around the country also are engaging in celebrating the reality of religious pluralism. Atlanta is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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People of faith -- and sometimes the governments that serve them -- often try in various ways to make sure that their particular religion is seen as the norm. Go, for instance, to Saudi Arabia and there's zero doubt that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Think about our many public and private universities and colleges that are not, at least now, directly supported by or attached to a particular religious tradition. Is there a place for religious voices in such academic centers? Nicholas Wolterstorff, an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's sort of interesting, though tricky, to see how adherents of different faith traditions vote in national elections in the U.S. We know, for instance, that more than 80 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump for president... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Pew Research Center keeps track of lots of numbers and trends having to do with religion. Sometimes they're just numbers without a lot of long-term meaning. But sometimes they reveal helpful and intriguing information about where religion is headed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What Christians call the "Great Commission" is found at the end of the gospel of Matthew. There, the resurrected Christ tells his disciples this: "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations. . ." The common understanding of this is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most contentious social and religious issues in the U.S. for the last 50 years or so has been the question of whether abortion should be legal. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 in Roe v. Wade... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was six years ago that the College of Cardinals at the Vatican surprised the world by electing Jorge Bergoglio to be the next pope, who took the name Francis. Now we get the inside story -- first via this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My Flatland column that posted this morning is about the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City. Because that center offers Tibetan Buddhism, I thought it would be helpful to focus here this weekend on what might happen to Tibetan Buddhism... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's been so much serious stuff happening in the world recently that unless we take a humor break, we're likely to implode or explode or just plain plode. So to help all of us out, I offer these non-original faith-based... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Almost every culture and every religion has a creation story. The book of Genesis, which both Jews and Christians consider to be scripture, has two creation stories, and they don't exactly match up very well. Still, they offer not a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There has been much cheering from Washington recently about the fact that the terror group ISIS now has lost all of the land it previously controlled in Syria and elsewhere. And most American have been cheering along, too. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It has been clear for a decade or three that the number of American adults who identify as religiously unaffiliated has been growing. By some measures, this group, called the "nones" for choosing "none of the above" from a list... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's a term used by theologians to refer to picking out favorite passages of scripture and using them out of context to make a point. They call it proof texting. You can find short, detached verses in almost any holy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Through a sermon series and other means, my congregation recently has been focusing on matters of race in the United States, including how to help people understand that what we think of as race is a social construct and that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog