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The Essence of Bias

From Walt Hickey of the Five Thirty Eight Newsletter: “When people claim to be Christian and commit violence in the name of Christianity, according to a recent poll, 75 percent Americans say that person wasn’t really Christian. But when people claim to be Muslim and commit violence in the name of Islam, 50 percent of Americans […]


The Paradox of Valentine’s Day

It  is a strange holiday indeed that turns our thoughts towards love, and most often,  romantic love, but at the same time bears the name of a Catholic saint and martyr:  Saint Valentine. I can think of nothing that more clearly reflects the  often strained relationship between spirituality and sexuality in Christian faith  and practice, […]


Top Ten Verses of the Bible

Given sufficient time to study just ten passages from the Bible, these are the passages I would select. Among these are some of the most memorable and most popular, but mere popularity is not the main reason for selecting these. Here, then, is my “best of the Bible” list, and why I selected each passage. Here […]


The Most Inspirational Prayers

My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer. Here you will find prayers for healing, prayers for use at mealtime and bedtime. While I have no […]


Religious Conversion

Religious Conversion This article, published in The Economist (one of the great magazines out in the world, by the way) discusses the fraught issue of religious conversion and how it sometimes creates complications the convert (and his/her community) did not anticipate.


Looking Ahead: Mother’s Day 2016

Will the real Mother’s Day Please Stand Up? Many people see Mother’s Day as a secular holiday, designed by the greeting card industry, promoted by restaurants, beloved by florists. Some clergy agree, objecting to the commercialism of the holiday. Does Mother’s Day have religious meaning? If so what is it? Just consider the witness of […]


Christian Symbols

Christianity is, and always has been, a faith that finds expression in highly visual ways … through painting and sculpture, image, icon, symbol, design, and other non-verbal means. We take a look at the principal varieties of Christian symbolism, both traditional and contemporary. Sources of Symbolism in Christianity


When Does Life Begin?

Once again the debate over abortion is a key factor in US culture wars and political debate. In much of this discussion it is taken as a given that the “Bible teaches life begins at conception.” In fact, the Bible teaches no such thing. Let’s take a closer look at what the Bible actually affirms about the […]


Heaven Lands on Broadway

Everyone wants to go there, but no one can say exactly why.  Descriptions of heaven make the problem worse. Anything that lasts forever is bound to bore at some point.  But C.S. Lewis rose to the challenge and did better than anyone.  His novella, The Great Divorce, has now hit Broadway.  This looks interesting. Check […]


Why People Lie About Their Faith

Sociologists have been aware for many years that people lie when asked about their sex life, finances, and sometimes their politics. It is perhaps more surprising that the tendency to lie is even greater when it comes to religious affiliation, church attendance and faith. I wonder why? Why People Lie About Their Religious Belief and […]