Archive: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010
As one who employs prayer as a means of healing disease and disaster of all descriptions, I maintain, as the basis of my prayer, that God, who is the source of all love, does not send environmental or any catastrophe. Prayer may be the most underutilized and unrecognized tool for bettering our environment.
By Phil Davis | June 4, 2010; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
Documentary focuses on Adventist health care in the U.S., but church's most important contribution in the field of health care can be found in its extensive system of hospitals, clinics and health educators around the world.
By James Standish | June 4, 2010; 1:27 PM ET | Comments (0)
In giving voice to their generation, especially online, these young Muslim Americans and many like them counter a pessimistic and alienated narrative, not with naiveté, but with concrete efforts to help improve their society.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | June 4, 2010; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (5)
The burqa can achieve for some women precisely the sort of goal SATC is all about: female sexual independence.
By Asma T. Uddin | June 3, 2010; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (100)
The Gulf oil disaster is only the most recent and obvious consequence of our disregard for nature, while our destruction of animals and other aspects of our natural world and its inhabitants continues unabated.
By Ramdas Lamb | June 3, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (7)
The bottom line is that people need power, and people need a clean environment. Somehow we have to meet both of those needs. That is a pressing but long-range problem that requires a scientific answer.
By Ronald Rychlak | June 3, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)
I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of dead birds and animals, of helpless and hopeless Gulf Coast residents sadly witnessing their livelihoods and their lives slipping away.
By Jim Wallis | June 3, 2010; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
In short, the world's is not ours. It is loaned to us by the Creator to use productively and respectfully and, we must answer to him and to our neighbors with whom we share this temporary residence.
By Shmully Hecht | June 3, 2010; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (59)
Sunshine is a powerful spiritual force that often goes unharnessed if the gates of heaven are closed for the summer.
By Erica Brown | June 3, 2010; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (0)
The tragedy of the BP oil spill is a moral crisis that is the result of human estrangement from the Divine, from each other and from nature.
By Valerie Elverton Dixon | June 2, 2010; 6:07 PM ET | Comments (1)
That humans were smart enough to figure out how to drill such a hole underwater but not smart enough to figure out how to plug it makes for a great and terrible case study in human sinfulness.
By David Gushee | June 2, 2010; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (2)
All our religious and spiritual traditions warn us against this kind of insatiable hunger for material goods -- often called greed -- and urge us to integrate community, calm, and restfulness into our lives along with striving.
By Arthur Waskow | June 2, 2010; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (2)
The Gulf oil spill will also reveal the limitations of our own ability to appreciate the complex and conflicted role of religion in our contemporary world.
By Mathew N. Schmalz | June 2, 2010; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)
The more "developed" and complex the world has become, the more fragile the works of our hands and minds. It is as though earth were fighting back against "the world" for our worshiping and serving "the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise.
By Willis E. Elliott | June 2, 2010; 12:13 AM ET | Comments (2)
America is a country of immigrants. The only true natives here are the Native Americans, and I don't think they're the people raising question here. One of my team members has a mother who spent 21 years going through the...
By Matt Maher | June 1, 2010; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (3)
There is no question, from a biblical point of view, that these human actions in deep-sea drilling without adequate safety measures are profoundly sinful and wrong, and the consequences are there for all to see--more alienation between human beings and the planet.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | June 1, 2010; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (10)
Science and religion are tools, neither moral nor immoral. Their shared criterion for human morality is the extent to which humans use them to improve the quality of life for all, here on earth.
By Herb Silverman | June 1, 2010; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (11)
We may not work for BP, but we are all participants in an American society fueled by oil. And as the moral compass for so many millions of Americans, Christian tradition has much to answer for concerning the hubris that led to this so-far-unstoppable poisoning of an ocean.
By Janet Edwards | June 1, 2010; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (4)
The immigration issue is complicated because American business leaders maximize profits by using undocumented and illegal immigrants in their work force.
By John Shelby Spong | June 1, 2010; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (2)
Bringing religion to bear on environmental issues is above all an exercise in irrelevance. The environment's best hope may lay in most of us deciding that it's too important to leave it up to faith.
By Tom Flynn | June 1, 2010; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (14)
Traditional Christianity identifies greed, sloth and pride as three deadly sins--sins that manifest themselves in BP's disaster.
By Robert Parham | June 1, 2010; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (7)
Religion properly understood is filled with exhortations to care for this world. It is God's gift. We are the world's stewards. Trampling our inheritance, befouling it, destroying it, contradicts everything faith promises and promotes.
By David Wolpe | June 1, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (1)
The only religious issue here is for those who placed too much faith in human technology. Quite often it turns out we're not nearly as smart as we think we are, and our mistakes are far more destructive than we think they'll be. This phenomenon is not confined to oil wells.
By Jason Poling | June 1, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (2)
There is a common theme through most world religions that humanity must carefully steward the earth because it was made by God, and is sacred as a result.
By Leo Brunnick | June 1, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)
We "sow the seeds of violence" by our consumptive behavior and lifestyle. It is easy to point the finger at others, but if we didn't have such a desire for "the goodies," companies such as BP wouldn't be engaging in risky behavior.
By Max Carter | June 1, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (1)
In the book of Genesis, God gave man dominion over creation. This has never meant the right to do whatever he wanted without consequence, but rather, stewardship.
By Matt Maher | June 1, 2010; 2:11 AM ET | Comments (3)
As I reflect on Memorial Day today my heart is full of gratitude for America's diverse men and women who made this country strong, and for the many who have died in its service. Some immigrants and many the progeny of immigrants.......My life has been touched in many ways by the people who served and are serving in the armed forced and by the annual Memorial Day Parade we celebrate in our town, Livingston, N.J.
By Anju Bhargava | May 31, 2010; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)