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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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One of the many admirable things about Catholicism is its widespread acceptance of the idea that science can answer important questions about our world -- questions that are outside the competency of religion to answer. It took the Catholic Church... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on some important cases involving religion in this new term, but one that hasn't gotten much attention may have the biggest impact, Atlantic reporter Emma Green says in this new article. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Martin E. Marty, who is pretty much the dean of religious scholars in the U.S., writes a periodic column called "Sightings," in which he comments about matters of religion that he's been sighting in the news lately. (The photo you... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Except for blood, it's hard to imagine any liquid besides water that plays such a central role in religion. And one reason I've been thinking a lot about water is that the block on which I live was without water... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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While working on the book I wrote with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, I read almost nothing but Holocaust-related books for nearly five years. So perhaps it's not surprising that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Here's a curious idea that speaks to how religious minorities can and sometimes do successfully negotiate their way into a social and political culture: This article from The Spectator in England suggests the possibility that France might elect a Muslim... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Turkish invasion of Syrian territory appears to be clown car full of errors of judgment by both President Trump and Turkey's own president, who already has proven to be an authoritarian whose terrible decisions have affected the lives of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was on this date in 1962 that Pope John XXIII opened the first session of the Second Vatican Council, commonly referred to as Vatican II. Over the next three years, the council took actions that changed the church in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Even if it seems as if the Catholic Church will never, ever allow women to be priests, there seems to be at least a little openness among some church leaders to allow priests to be married, as they once were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The history of religion in the U.S. is wildly complex and fascinating, and it includes stories about such home-grown religions as Mormonism, a term the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to encourage people to abandon. (Good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From time to time over the years I've written about the possibility of life in the cosmos beyond Earth and whether there's room in whatever theology we hold to allow for such a thing. In other words, it's the old... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In a short item at the end of my weekend blog here, I mentioned that the American Academy of Religion has published guidelines showing what college students should know about religion and its influence in the culture. I want to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For many Americans the name Gandhi refers to a universally admired Indian leader who helped to gain his country's independence through non-violent means. And certainly there is some truth in that assessment of Mohandas K. Gandhi, (pictured here) often referred... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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We are coming up on the Oct. 27 one-year anniversary of the most deadly antisemitic shootings on American soil, the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. This terrific Atlantic piece give us a thorough, if complicated, picture of how that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The story of membership decline in Christian churches -- especially those in Mainline Protestant denominations -- is 50 or 60 years old. But that doesn't mean we understand all the causes or that the drop-off has been steady and consistent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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From almost the beginning, humankind has lived in a time of symbols. And we still do today. But symbols have a way of shifting meaning over time -- sometimes surreptitiously, sometimes purposely, sometimes both. Recently, for example, as this AP... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A scientific team from the Show-Me state, Missouri, has joined a larger team involved in exploring something that has never been shown to anyone and never will be: dark energy, which in some way is sort of related to dark... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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While Jews now are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Christians might consider naming today Bible Day. Why? -- Today marks the 1,599th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome, who translated the entire Bible into Latin in what became known as the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The history of the Jewish people in Poland is long, productive, creative but ultimately brutal beyond imagining, as more than 90 percent of the roughly 3.3 million Jews living in Poland at the outbreak of World War II were murdered... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The great Muslim military leader of the 12th Century, known as Saladin, has long captured the imagination and respect of many Western leaders because of his reputation for kindness, generosity and even his fierce commitment to doing what needed to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past weekend here on the blog, I reviewed the fascinating new book, That All Shall Be Saved, by Christian Orthodox scholar David Bentley Hart, who argues that an eternal hell for everlasting torment doesn't exist and that the idea... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The people I call the date-setters -- who predict when the end of the world will happen or the second coming of Christ or both -- have one thing in common. They've been wrong every time. Every single time. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since the modern environmental movement kicked off in the late 1960s and, especially, in 1970 with the first Earth Day, people who identify as evangelical Christians have been among those least likely to consider ecological degradation a serious problem and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The groundbreaking last week for a major expansion of the Jewish Community Center Campus in suburban Overland Park, Kan., revealed again how the Kansas City area's Jewish community is at once both cohesive and welcoming to non-Jews. In fact, Jews... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For centuries, many branches of Christianity (and some other faith traditions, too) have used the idea of eternal punishment in hell for sinners (including, in some traditions, unbaptized infants who died before even having had a chance to sin) as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog