Archive: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010
Some in the West may find the idea of debating religion in China strange. They will cite, for example, that proselytising in public places in China remains forbidden. But few are aware that Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam and Daoism are all officially recognized and almost one third of Chinese describing themselves as religious - an astonishing figure for an officially atheist country where religion was banned until three decades ago.
By Tony Blair | July 30, 2010; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (17)
Mystery links us together; whatever makes me give a tinker's dam about what happens to you, the Iraqis, or my frequently annoying work colleagues. God, in other words, is our common humanity. When I deny my connection with you, I deny God.
By Martha Woodroof | July 30, 2010; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (27)
The health care reform law and the president's executive order did not comprehensively prohibit federal funding for abortion.
By William Saunders | July 30, 2010; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)
It's understandable that Marc Mezvinsky might want to incorporate his family's religious background in the ceremony - but the meaning behind a number of Jewish wedding customs could be appealing to Chelsea, too. Here's a viewer's guide of some aspects of a traditional Jewish ceremony to look for in post-wedding reports of the big day
By Edmund Case | July 29, 2010; 8:55 PM ET | Comments (2)
Like it or not, we'll be living together as a nation until death do us part, so let's work out our differences amicably.
By Melody Fox | July 29, 2010; 8:34 PM ET | Comments (8)
Those of us who study religion in American culture are now seeing the widespread emergence of a third way. It's the way of difference without exclusion, distinction without hatred, knowledge without fear. The religious "other" is not the enemy; quite the contrary: it's through her that one's own religious identity and practice emerge more clearly.
By Philip Clayton | July 29, 2010; 6:18 PM ET | Comments (20)
I am a Christian. I come from a Christian family and live in the Bible Belt. I write for Christian magazines, my books get assigned to Amazon's Religion & Spirituality > Christianity category. But there are some days when I'm not entirely sure I believe in God.
By Jason Boyett | July 29, 2010; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (206)
Until non-Muslims begin to understand Islam in all its facets, we will be destined to live in ignorance of the "real" Islam and to act out of fear. The presence of Muslims in our midst, and of mosques like the one planned near Ground Zero, which will be an educational center as well as a place of prayer, is one good way of transcending this ignorance.
By Mark R. Cohen | July 29, 2010; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (17)
The vast majority of immigrants from the south are not criminals, they are economic and political refugees.
By Peter Morales | July 29, 2010; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (3)
As couples apply these newly learned skills and concepts, they often first focus on their parents' mode of operating. As they become more comfortable with revealing their own issues, they go on to talk about their own dynamics. They appreciate having these new tools and skills for looking at their own modes of operating. What better wedding gift for Chelsea and Mark than a foundation on which to build a strong and happy marriage?
By Marion L. Usher | July 29, 2010; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (3)
What would have happened if the encyclical Pope Pius XI commissioned had been signed? Many believe that it would so have divided Germany's 45 million Catholics that it would have delayed or prevented Hitler's plans of launching WWII.
By Rabbi Marvin Hier | July 28, 2010; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (7)
Self-proclaimed pro-life groups with close ties to the Republican Party are spending millions of dollars in a deceitful attempt to defeat pro-life members of Congress who voted for health care reform. People of faith who believe in a consistent ethic of life should be outraged and stand up for their values.
By Chris Korzen | July 28, 2010; 6:10 PM ET | Comments (3)
The question they have to address is if a religious identity is important to them then they need to think about establishing a "lead religion" in the home. When the children are raised with one religion they then can identify with that group and participate fully in the institutional life of that religion.
By By: Marion L. Usher, Ph.D | July 28, 2010; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (13)
They, and any other interfaith couple, will benefit enormously from discussing what their religious life will look like. Information abounds; it is they who have to embrace the process.
By Marion L. Usher, Ph.D | July 27, 2010; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (12)
One may begin the Camino not knowing what to expect. However, walking in the footsteps of those who for so many centuries have believed so deeply, entering the same cathedrals, one cannot help but feel united with the spirit of Saint James.
By Cherie Pagett: | July 26, 2010; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
This is the very reason we need to support the Mosque to show to the world what freedom of religion means: to demonstrate our spirit of liberty and set an example of how a nation treats its minorities.
By Mike Ghouse | July 26, 2010; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (13)
Religion in America has not always been a friend to the earth. It's time for a spiritual awakening in which we turn from obsession with future salvation and begin to savor and save the world that we are in.
By Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker | July 26, 2010; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (4)
How ironic that as the West has become richer and more capable of affording children it has lost its appetite for kids, believing instead that real happiness lies in a BMW or a Prada handbag.
By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | July 26, 2010; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (7)
Chelsea and Marc each come from families where religion was an integral part of their lives. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that they too will want religion incorporated in their home. Consequently, a central issue for them, and all interfaith relationships, will be to make choices and to decide precisely how religion will be practiced in the new family they are now establishing.
By Marion L. Usher, Ph.D. | July 25, 2010; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (109)