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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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Several times since the 2016 presidential election I have written about the mystery of why people who identify as white Christian evangelicals would have abandoned their moral principles (as some 81 percent of them did) and vote for Donald Trump,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most Americans over the age of 10 or so are aware that the world is full of people with religious differences. And that sometimes those people think those differences are so serious and so important that they're willing to commit... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pretty much the entire world is aware of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church -- in this country and around the globe. It's why there's an international meeting of bishops coming soon at the Vatican, though it's not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you have paid even modest attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict (and the subset of that, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), you know that absolutely nothing about it is simple. Beginning with the roots of modern Zionism in the 1800s and then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times in recent years I have written about the terrific interfaith work being done through Habitat for Humanity in Kansas City, including in this Flatland column. A project called the House of Abraham, which involves Christian, Islamic and Jewish... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was 400 years ago this year that the first slaves from Africa arrived in what was to become the United States. Why is this worth commemorating? Not to beat ourselves up again for the astonishingly immoral choices our ancestors... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day at the YMCA on East Linwood in Kansas City, a couple of dozen folks -- clergy and other religious leaders -- gathered for what was billed as a conversation on "Faith & Politics: Living Authentically in Private... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When India achieved independence in August 1947 and was partitioned -- into India, West Pakistan (now just Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) -- there was horrific violence between Muslims leaving India and Hindus leaving what was becoming Pakistan. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The "blackface scandal" involving the governor of Virginia and others in his state has sent me back to my childhood and to the almost all-white small town in which I grew up, Woodstock, Ill. I want to share with you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the reasons I love big-end and little-end science, by which I mean cosmology and subatomic physics, is that it seems to me that both reveal God's creativity, wisdom and playfulness. There is mystery galore in the cosmos, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Before I retired from full-time work at The Kansas City Star, I attended a conference in the Washington, D.C., area that looked at the question of whether Islam was compatible with democracy. We heard differences of opinion about that from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Instead of doing a full review of Timothy P. Carney's forthcoming book, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, I want to focus on just one of his interesting ideas. (The book's official publication date is Feb. 19,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There is something about religion, about spirituality, about faith that drives people to create. Whether it's through music, art, architecture, literature or innovative charitable programs, people are moved to express their religious commitments in sometimes-audacious, elegant and graceful ways. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have not yet read Nadia Bolz-Weber's new book, Shameless: A Sexual Reformation, but I did hear her speak about it at my church a few nights ago and heard her read a bit from it. (My bride took this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A perfectly reasonable question is why the world needs another English translation of the Bible. Over the last 100 years or so there have been simply dozens of them. Many have been the whole Bible used by Protestants. Those 66... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One day last week a dozen or more of us gathered in a courtroom to be supportive of a mutual Muslim friend who had run into some legal trouble. Most of us were there for several hours until the matter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day, this Politico story reported that President Trump tweeted "Great" in response to news that more states are planning to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools. I would agree with the president if the classes really were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I am always intrigued by what TV networks and magazines do to feature Jesus in some new -- and sometimes ridiculous way -- each Easter season. The one offering this year of which I'm aware looks as if it has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You may well have heard me say this before, but labels hide much more than they reveal. Labels -- liberal, moderate, conservative in politics, for instance -- can be quick and sometimes helpful shortcuts to use as reference points. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Some day, I hope and believe, nearly all people of faith will look back on the abominable ways religions and religious people have treated LGBTQ people and shudder in shame For a long, long time the Bible has been misused... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1990s, the now-deceased Dr. Jack Kevorkian became well known for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide. In fact, he came to be know as Dr. Death. He might be both pleased and surprised that the idea now called... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes the record of institutional religion doesn't show it, but at least in principle one of its highest priorities is the well-being of children. That's true of any of the great world religions for many reasons, not least among them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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All of the good that Christianity has done in the world sometimes seems overwhelming: Caring for the poor, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, guiding children and adults into a healthy relationship with God. And on and on. That, however,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Back in the 1990s, I began writing columns and analysis pieces for The Kansas City Star about the potential dangers of manipulating human genes. I recall going to a seminar or two in Washington, D.C., to learn more about this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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To be frank about the matter, religion hasn't always known what to do with the concept of time. And yet people seem to be wed to the idea of time almost in an unbreakable -- even perpetual -- way. Despite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog