Archive: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009
When we accept the use of medicine in general, the use of any particular medication or vaccine is not a religious problem, but sometimes an ethical, and mostly a practical question.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 17, 2009; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (2)
This Shabbat we reopen the Torah and begin reading Genesis anew.
By Erica Brown | October 16, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
Our traditions do tell us this: We are all embodiments of the divine, the Goddess. We all deserve flourishing health and lives of vitality.
By Starhawk | October 16, 2009; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (6)
The question isn't whether such a sincere, genuine religious belief exists, therefore, but rather what society as a whole should do when someone sincerely and deeply holds a view that may endanger children or others.
By James Standish | October 15, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)
Never before had a sitting U.S. President personally celebrated the Diwali holiday, and with that one gesture, two million Hindu Americans felt a bit more like they belonged.
By Aseem Shukla | October 15, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (54)
As Christians, our goal is never to lie to people by only telling them what they want to hear, or manipulating them to feel what they want to feel. Instead, we want to respect them enough to tell them the truth, and love them enough to do so in a way that is compassionate.
By Mark Driscoll | October 14, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (49)
What made me a Christian Scientist many years ago was the fact that I could put my faith into practice and actually see the results of my faith in God.
By Phil Davis | October 14, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
When does the well-being of the society take precedence over individual rights? Why is it more important for one to declare his or her "rights" than for that individual to want to help halt the spread of a disease which is, apparently, threatening to become a pandemic?
By Susan K. Smith | October 14, 2009; 4:55 AM ET | Comments (14)
In our quest to grow and evolve, we all run into obstacles. We meet resistance. Change proves stubborn and at times impossible. Anything that I can do to overcome these obstacles is a contribution I never wish to pass up. In my new book, I address the most difficult obstacle of all: the body.
By Deepak Chopra | October 13, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (3)
In the UK we had a great panic a few months ago, and a decree went out from the highest authorities in the Church of England at least that it was better for the moment for everyone simply to receive Communion in one kind only.
By Nicholas T. Wright | October 13, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (2)
There are religious reasons to decline a vaccine, there are valid reasons to decline a vaccine, but there are no valid religious reasons to decline a vaccine.
By Herb Silverman | October 13, 2009; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (11)
Where is the trust my parents had in Dr. Salk? It is no more, replaced by religious fear-mongering about science and aided by the lack of basic science education in our schools.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | October 12, 2009; 6:52 PM ET | Comments (1)
The anti-vaccination movement has made the job of public health officials more difficult because of its constant drumbeat, unsupported by credible scientific evidence, that vaccines are responsible for autism.
By Susan Jacoby | October 12, 2009; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (153)
Critical to realizing the purpose and goal of A Common Word is applied theology, transforming belief and dialogue into action. Conference encounters and their final reports alone, however good and important are too easily archived and do not in themselves change minds and hearts and transform societies.
By John Esposito | October 12, 2009; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (28)