Archive: Irwin Kula
Isn't it time for us to have a different type of conversation in response to this national trauma - the rare attempt in our country's history to assassinate a member of congress? Is there an alternative way we can think about this that might help us all move, at least a little bit, beyond our presumptive interpretations?
By Irwin Kula | January 13, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)
How is it that the view of some cranky bishop who has no power evokes calls of a crisis in Catholic - Jewish relations despite the revolutionary changes in Church teachings regarding Jews since Vatican II?
By Irwin Kula | February 2, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (76)
Everyone simply brings their religious views and their scriptural passages to prove, legitimate, and affirm their already held political and psychological positions. This is religion as apologetics and proof texting.
By Irwin Kula | December 11, 2008; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (32)
Barack Obama is a person of deep faith who does not use God as a trump card to simply legitimate and affirm his views, or as a self-righteous club to beat up people with whom he disagrees. Rather, he uses his faith as a source of wisdom and inspiration that invites the audacity of hope, the virtue of humility, and the quality of compassion
By Irwin Kula | November 6, 2008; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (3)
The predominant way in which religion is used adds nothing to political debate except combustible, nasty, fuel that polarizes, divides, and deflects people with different positions from actually trying to convince each other, understand each other, and learn from each other.
By Irwin Kula | October 31, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (9)
Let's stop having faith in the economy and begin to have faith in each other - trusting that the happiness that comes from greed is transient at best while the happiness that comes from giving, serving and even sacrificing for each other is far more enduring and credit-worthy.
By Irwin Kula | September 22, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (22)
The issue of concern for me is not what a candidate believes about God but whether a candidate believes in the separation of church and state.
By Irwin Kula | September 9, 2008; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (16)
The relationship between men and women, especially with regard to the dynamics of power, is very complex and while liberals have addressed this relationship in profoundly positive ways it is not as if our public culture with its promiscuity, pornography, and objectification of women, is so evolved.
By Irwin Kula | September 8, 2008; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (4)
We need a third way of understanding the separation between church and state - a never firmly fixed place between the religious triumphalism of the right (that simply feeds the fears of the left) and the trivialization of religion of the left (that feeds the anger of the right).
By Irwin Kula | August 19, 2008; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (34)
For people like Sally Quinn, religious rituals and practices are, with the best of intention, resources that can be used to create personal meaning and connection independent of their metaphysical contexts and belief structures.
By Irwin Kula | July 9, 2008; 01:36 AM ET | Comments (9)
Gay marriage is not about 'rites' or 'rights.' People on both sides are more interesting in imposing their beliefs than in doing what's best for all.
By Irwin Kula | May 23, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (6)
We have Catholics defending an act that while perfectly legitimate is obviously sticking it to Islamic fascists. And we have secular and liberal fundamentalists legitimately critiquing this act with a predictable fierceness and complete disrespect for anything religious.
By Irwin Kula | April 9, 2008; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (69)
The real question is to us regular Americans. What do we do when our religious leaders preach hate and divisiveness?
By Irwin Kula | April 7, 2008; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (24)
We religious people should be a bit more humble, recognize the power of religious wisdom and practice to evoke the best and worst in us, and realize that what we claim God or our sacred texts teach is often what we in our limited and finite and distorted and clouded view of things are teaching
By Irwin Kula | March 29, 2008; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (41)
The more important question is at what level of moral and psychological development are the people who are using religion to address sexism and racism because that will determine how they use religion.
By Irwin Kula | March 26, 2008; 05:46 PM ET | Comments (1)
Why are we so obsessed with a politician’s personal sexual immorality, but are not more morally outraged by leaders who lie to take us to war and whose incompetence, greed, and desire for power keep them from honestly addressing fundamental economic, health insurance, and environmental crises.
By Irwin Kula | March 26, 2008; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)
So we have now gone through another more high profile sex scandal with its obligatory mix of power (did you know there was talk Eliot Spitzer was going to be the first Jewish President) and money (Spitzer didn’t have sex...
By Irwin Kula | March 26, 2008; 12:32 AM ET | Comments (0)
Jewish identity will be plural and will mean what those people who consciously call themselves Jews decide it will mean.
By Irwin Kula | January 10, 2008; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (41)
Is this really what Jesus would have been spending his time on?
By Irwin Kula | December 23, 2007; 01:12 AM ET | Comments (45)
What a shame that a season that should be about Light and Love and Life has become one more place for our religious fundamentalists and secular fundamentalists to play out their insecurities and fears.
By Irwin Kula | December 18, 2007; 05:22 AM ET | Comments (49)
What a shame that a season that should be about Light and Love and Life has become one more place for fundamentalists to play out their insecurities and fears.
By Irwin Kula | December 16, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)
The major challenge to religion is not whether it can cure the world’s biggest social problems but whether it will make things incredibly worse.
By Irwin Kula | December 6, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (7)
Can religion cure the world's biggest social problems?! Who are we kidding? The major challenge to religion, in this next period of human history, at least at this moment, is not whether religion can cure the world's biggest social problems...
By Irwin Kula | December 3, 2007; 12:22 AM ET | Comments (0)
We were reminded that Halloween was not a Jewish holiday and as age appropriate actually learned a little about the origins of the holiday and where we as Jews differed.
By Irwin Kula | October 30, 2007; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (592)
We need a more humble science and more humble religion to develop their own potentials to understand the depth and breadth of this radiant Kosmos.
By Irwin Kula | October 26, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (71)
At the highest level, I do think that all religions carry the same basic message but most of us do not live at the highest level.
By Irwin Kula | October 17, 2007; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (11)
After close to three decades of profound experiences sitting with people who are dying and with their families, I am very pragmatic about the question of life after death. Rather than worry about intellectual consistency or religious dogma, or simply...
By Irwin Kula | October 12, 2007; 06:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
Given that McCain, no doubt, is a decent and moral person his uneasiness about his fellow citizens because they are Muslim is frightening.
By Irwin Kula | October 5, 2007; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (37)
The word cult reveals as much as it hides about both the groups designated with the dreaded label and the groups dong the designated.
By Irwin Kula | September 20, 2007; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (463)
In their final cell phone conversations, some 9/11 victims simply and heroically witnessed a yearning to love and the faith that love ultimately swallows up death.
By Irwin Kula | September 15, 2007; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (33)
The answer to the question how does God allow disasters like hurricane Katrina depends on what kind of God we believe in. The question assumes a God living high up above, a Divine Puppeteer or Shepard of sheep who rewards...
By Irwin Kula | September 7, 2007; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (73)
These letters remind us that any faith that is certain is no faith at all just as any love never doubted is very shallow love.
By Irwin Kula | September 4, 2007; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (11)
“These and These are both the words of the living God.”
By Irwin Kula | August 16, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (590)
In recent weeks Pope Benedict XVI has unnerved liberal Catholics as well as many Protestants and Jews with two pronouncements. The first removed restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Mass which since Vatican II has been replaced by a more...
By Irwin Kula | August 14, 2007; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)