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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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The subject of possible "reparations" to African-American descendants of slaves is so controversial as to seem simply to be a non-starter in our era of political Manichaeism, when we're 100 percent right and our enemies are 100 percent wrong. There... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The other day Pope Francis spoke to a morning Mass at the Vatican and urged listeners to understand why confession of their sins is so good for them. "The Lord," he said, "always consoles us as long as we let... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Some of the best recent reporting on the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and on how the church is responding has been coming from the Associated Press. For instance, last month, in this blog post, I noted two... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Moral decisions have practical consequences -- sometimes quite unexpected. For instance, when the international governing body of the United Methodist Church last February decided to keep its strict rules against ordaining LGBTQ persons to ministry, it led to campaigns of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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All these years later, I still remember when I was given the role of one of the so-called three wise men in a children's Christmas pageant at the church in which I grew up in Illinois. I held my head... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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I am backing up a few days today to explore a question a journalist asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- "Do you hate the president?" Pelosi, who is not my favorite politician, responded as a Catholic Christian in a wholly... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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It is not news that the U.S. has been suffering through an opioid crisis. Addiction to these powerful drugs has caused the death of tens of thousands of people. And people who haven't yet died of this addiction sometimes wish... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Maybe by the time this blog entry posts, I'll have had a chance to see the new movie "Harriet" about the former slave and great abolitionist Harriet Tubman. What I don't yet know about the movie is whether it will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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As the American religious landscape becomes more varied and complicated, interesting efforts are under way in perhaps unexpected places to make sure adherents of non-Christian religions are finding their place in our culture. One of those places is the University... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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It's now become a derisive cliche to say, in response to some major natural disaster affecting lots of people (hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and the like), that you will offer your "thoughts and prayers." They are cheap and easy words to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Here's a development in religion that sort of slipped by me in late October, but it's one I think is worth backing up to because of the end-of-life issues it raises. As this Catholic News Service story reports it, "Representatives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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The first time I was in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which tradition says was the birthplace of Jesus, I was not quite 13 years old. But even then I was surprised that somehow experts (or someone) knew... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Back in President Bill Clinton's second term, Congress created the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, tasked with monitoring religious liberty around the world and, in annual reports, highlighting the progress (or, more likely, lack of progress) various countries are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Now that we're past Thanksgiving, I want to back up a few days and think about some strange ways recently that religion and politics have crossed paths in the U.S. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the other day that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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For Thanksgiving today, I simply want to say thanks to all of you who have read my words over the years. I'm grateful to each one of you, whether you liked those words or not. May your day be filled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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This past weekend here on the blog, I wrote about the Dead Sea Scrolls as a way of celebrating the importance of the written word, especially as that word has become sacred writ. To continue that theme, today I am... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Well, Tom Wright is at it again -- speaking truth in fresh and interesting ways. Or, at any rate, truth as he sees it. And the fact that I often (not always) agree with Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright makes it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Nearly the whole world is aware of the priest sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. It's been appalling not just because children's lives have been severely damaged but also because bishops who covered up the abuse have damaged the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Depending on who is reporting the story, either Nov. 23 or Nov. 24 of 1947 was the date on which E.L. Sukenik of Hebrew University in Jerusalem first saw small pieces of the newly found Dead Sea Scrolls and recognized... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Today, the 56th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, seems like a good time to explore the subject of hate crimes, which that murder surely was, even if it didn't then or doesn't now meet some specific... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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One of the things that has long fascinated me about religion is the many -- and sometimes quite bizarre -- shapes that it's taken across history. And, yes, I know there's an argument to be made that many worldwide traditional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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On this date in 1945 (I was all of 10 months old at the time), the Nuremberg trials of 22 Nazi war leaders (and later of many more lower-ranking German authorities) began in Germany. If you think about the timing,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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With a new movie about Mister Rogers to be released in a few days (starring Tom Hanks), and with the 50th anniversary now of the Sesame Street TV show, we're getting quite a few interesting stories about what both of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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Do you now know a lot more about Ukraine than you ever imagined you would? Yeah, me, too. I've been to Central Asia (Uzbekistan and, briefly, Kazakhstan) and Eastern Europe (Poland) but not to Ukraine, which I learned in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog
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As any adult American with a pulse knows, the term "evangelical" when applied to Christians can mean many different things, including devoted Trump supporters who ignore the reality that his life has been a rejection of most of their values.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Bill's Faith Matters blog