Archive: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009
When the Pope apologizes for anything, his statement generally signifies nothing more than an attempt at damage control in the wake of an unanticipated public relations disaster created by his and his church's actions.
By Susan Jacoby | April 4, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (257)
There are some universal basic beliefs. Religions adhere to them. But when a group transgresses these basic principles, it is a cult and not a religion -- meaning, a group of people who share a common delusion.
By Adin Steinsaltz | April 2, 2009; 9:17 PM ET | Comments (16)
Any teaching which does not respect human life fully cannot be consistent with belief in a God who created human life in His image.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | April 2, 2009; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (39)
Before you accuse someone of being a "centrist" and use that as code for lack of faith commitment, ask these questions: Does it matter at all where the center is? Does it matter at all where the center could and should be?
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | April 2, 2009; 9:12 AM ET | Comments (21)
I love my faith, but when it comes to children there is a serious responsibility to prove that such a system heals quickly and effectively.
By Phil Davis | April 2, 2009; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (17)
An American cult is what happens when radical individualism meets religion and philosophy.
By John Mark Reynolds | April 1, 2009; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (63)
Most cults have the capacity to move past the kind of ugly behavior which defines them as a cult. And more importantly, most religions can and do slip into cult-like behavior from time to time.
By Brad Hirschfield | April 1, 2009; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (31)
Organized religion or fringe cult, it's love and kindness that define the fruits of true religious faith. When you have pain, suffering and systematic cruelty, you are deluding yourself into thinking such things have anything to do with true faith.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | March 31, 2009; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (8)
Making a distinction between a "cult" and a "religion" does nothing to help us to respond to the death of Javon Thompson or to understand One Mind Ministries. .
By Mathew N. Schmalz | March 31, 2009; 5:33 PM ET | Comments (9)
God would never sanction letting a baby starve to death - not for any reason!
By Susan K. Smith | March 31, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (6)
The fact that God is subjective doesn't make the deity unreal, but it radically shifts the burden of proof.
By Deepak Chopra | March 31, 2009; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (11)
n a world in which an otherwise respectable intellectual like Richard Dawkins can refer to religious education as "child abuse" we must say that one person's gentle faith can be another's unacceptable coercion.
By David Wolpe | March 31, 2009; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (15)
Starving a child to death is a crime, not a religious sacrament. True religion uplifts and inspires us to do good.
By Michael Otterson | March 31, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (41)
I do not believe that there is one bit of difference between any religious conviction based on belief in the supernatural and a delusion.
By Susan Jacoby | March 31, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (156)
True religion frees human beings to live responsibly and joyfully in relation to all realities, immanent and transcendent. Cults bind persons to a narrow range of reality, mentally if not also physically cutting off access to everyone and everything the cult leader disapproves.
By Willis E. Elliott | March 30, 2009; 8:08 PM ET | Comments (22)
As a Bible-believing Christian, I believe Satan, the embodiment of evil, is a fallen angel or spirit.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | March 30, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (10)