Archive: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008
What if Mr. McCain put on his homepage tomorrow that he doesn’t want the votes of people who proudly proclaim that they are not voting for Mr. Obama because they don’t like his name or the religion of his grandfather?
By Eboo Patel | June 26, 2008; 11:02 PM ET | Comments (326)
"Mere Christianity" is an enduring classic. Its effect on me was nothing less than life-changing. A friend gave it to me in the darkest days of Watergate and that, plus my friends’ witness, led to my conversion to Christ 35 years ago this summer.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | June 26, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (15)
This book was the lens through which I read the Qur'an and understood the Prophet's life, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for my conversion.
By Pamela K. Taylor | June 26, 2008; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (116)
The Jews are not just “The People of the Book.” Much closer to the fact, they are "The People of Many Books”.
By Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz | June 26, 2008; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (48)
Heading the list of “books that made a difference” in my life must be the BIBLE, which at age 12 I took to reading eagerly, intensely, daily, without either encouragement or discouragement from my family.
By Willis E. Elliott | June 26, 2008; 5:12 AM ET | Comments (7)
There is even more evidence that it is Dobson and not Obama who is out of step with the American people and their views on faith and public life.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | June 25, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (46)
My understanding of grace worked well for me until I read Philip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace?" For the first time in my life, I understood that grace was something we receive so that we can use it in practicing forgiveness.
By Susan K. Smith | June 25, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (68)
The King James Bible, which is indeed the only great book ever written by a committee.
By Susan Jacoby | June 25, 2008; 8:14 AM ET | Comments (171)
I have read it nearly every day since my wife gave it to me in 1974. It has encouraged, taught, humbled and given me insights into myself.
By Cal Thomas | June 25, 2008; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (10)
Sometimes it makes sense to go back and reread what our founding fathers and mothers were trying to say to us that just may be relevant for our times.
By Bob Edgar | June 25, 2008; 5:50 AM ET | Comments (4)
Respect for dialogue is captured in the seemingly paradoxical statement that the opinions of Hillel and Shammai were both the “words of the living God.”
By Eboo Patel | June 24, 2008; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (10)
There's a single book that I reread every year: "I Am That" by Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981). The title is a quotation. In India the goal of enlightenment is to see reality as a whole. When all illusion has fallen away,...
By Deepak Chopra | June 24, 2008; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (6)
George Bernanos' Diary of a Country Priest had a profound impact on me. I have always looked for religious meaning far from centers or celebrations of power.
By Martin Marty | June 24, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)
Early in the morning of April 8, 2009, Jewish communities will have a teaching opportunity that comes only once every 28 years: the festival of Birchat HaChamah, the Blessing of the Sun. In ancient rabbinic tradition, it commemorates the moment...
By Arthur Waskow | June 24, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)
Fitzgerald's novel is one I return to year after year. His writing is so sublime that individual sentences still stop me cold in their elegance and I have to read through them again.
By Gustav Niebuhr | June 24, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)
The question comes off like an old "Monty Python" gag. What musical group in Britain is more popular than Paul Simon or the Ting Tings? The Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz. Several weeks ago, a group of Cistercian monks who live...
By Lisa Miller | June 24, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)
Laughter can be a wonderful remedy to conceit and vanity. But laughter can also be a painful attack on the very core of the other. The difference can be very hard to see until the blow is delivered.
By James Anderson | June 24, 2008; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (8)
The interfaith youth movement takes a step forward.
By Eboo Patel | June 23, 2008; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (9)
If we all learned to laugh at ourselves a little more, we might not find ourselves living in a world in which people destroy churches because of cartoons, label as anti-Semitic any film that questions the actions of the State of Israel, or burn copies of The Da Vinci Code because it is “an offense to God.”
By Brad Hirschfield | June 23, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (5)
Sally Quinn | Tim was the most enthusiastic person I have ever known. The word "enthusiastic" comes from the Greek en theos meaning “in God.”
» Watch my 2007 interview with Tim
By Sally Quinn | June 23, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (204)
As a Muslim who grew up in a Hindu society and personally experienced the intricacies and complexities of the Hinduism tradition, I reject reducing this tradition to a simple caricature. I stand with many of my Hindu brothers and sisters. I will not watch this movie.
By Daisy Khan | June 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (20)
I found nothing disrespectful about "The Love Guru," but I did find something offensive. It reduces Hinduism to a 60s love-in.
By Willis E. Elliott | June 23, 2008; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (11)
We true-believer types need to lighten up a bit, and take religious humor as a gift that enables us to take a critical look at our own formulations.
By Richard Mouw | June 23, 2008; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (6)
It is an important step forward that some members of the Jewish community have called for a boycott of the meat supplied through such vile violations of Jewish standards. But it can’t stop there.
By Arthur Waskow | June 22, 2008; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (4)
Sixteen religious scholars, historians, philosophers, activists, public policy experts, many of whom work in several of those arenas, have combined to produce a new work that maps out the new terrain for how religion works best for both its religious and secular citizens.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | June 22, 2008; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (16)