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December 15, 2014
Did the Exodus Happen? And What It Means Today
Ridley Scott, is the director of such classic films as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma &...
October 23, 2014
Reading the Same Text Differently with Jews & Christians
This post is about the ways Christians have often appropriated Jewish scripture in a way that does...
August 19, 2014
Tectonic Shifts in the Global Religious Landscape since WWI
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism set a high bar. To list only a few examples:...
July 29, 2014
Scientific Rigor and Spiritual Evolution: The Work of Jeffrey Kripal
This post is part of a summer-long Patheos series on 2014 Religious Trends. This week,...
March 31, 2014
Religious Mystic & Rational Humanist: The Mystical Humanism of Jeffrey Kripal
For days, I had been participating in the annual Bengali celebration of the goddess Kali...
March 06, 2014
A Journey with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna
The Rigveda from the Hindu tradition is the oldest religious text still in continuous use,...
October 15, 2013
Cisgender and Transgender
Most people are more familiar with the term transgender than with the term cisgender. The...
September 30, 2013
Interspirituality: Experiencing the Heart of the World’s Religions
I believe the future of religion is a spirituality that is interfaith at its core........
August 26, 2013
Why “Spiritual And Religious” Is More Radical Than “Spiritual But Not Religious”
Almost two years ago Lillian Daniel, the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn,...
July 28, 2013
Embracing Pluralism, Building Bridges, and “Common Action for the Common Good”
“I am large, I contain multitudes.” (Walt Whitman) “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah.”...
October 08, 2012
Do We Need a Moratorium on the Word “God”?
I have been trying to find a way of being religious that’s still possible (or...
September 27, 2012
Native American Spiritualities: Appropriation and Reciprocity
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls...
August 13, 2012
The First Source: Direct Experience
In 1962, only a couple of years after I was born, pollsters found that 2%...
March 05, 2012
Confessions of a Western Universalist
(Rajiv Malhotra, Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, HarperCollins, 2011, 474 pages) Rajiv...
December 20, 2011
Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2011
(1) NPR: Religion – A few years ago my car radio was almost always tuned to...
October 14, 2011
Brian McLaren, "Two Kinds of Religion," and #OccupyWallSt
I was reminded today of a quote from author and public theologian Brian McLaren that...
September 27, 2011
Public School Principal Proselytizes Students in SC
The ACLU reports that: A public school in South Carolina flagrantly violated the Constitution recently...
August 23, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: "Is God a Christian?"
(R. Kirby Godsey, Is God a Christian? Creating a Community of Conversation, Mercer University Press, 2011,...
June 10, 2011
Lectionary Commentary: “Bring Many Names: Progressive Christianity on Trinity Sunday” (for June 19, 2011)
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has written a wonderful children’s book called In God's Name that affirms...
May 13, 2011
Lectionary Commentary: “A Progressive Christian Reading of John 14:6” (for Sunday, May 22, 2011)
I have a long and complicated relationship with today’s Gospel lesson, especially verse six: “Jesus...
March 12, 2011
I Hope Rob Bell Is a Universalist
I've been following some of the controversy over Rob Bell's not-yet-even-published book Love Wins: A...
October 27, 2010
Book Review: Prothero’s God Is Too Small
Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has a new book with the intentionally-provocative title...
October 16, 2010
Affirming Christianity and Islam
As a native son of Florence, South Carolina, I was shocked to hear that the...
July 13, 2009
Eboo Patel is the new Diana Eck!
Eboo Patel is the new Diana Eck! For the non-theology-dorks among us, Eck broke ground...
May 31, 2009
Pluralism, Pragmatism, Progressivism: Reflecting on Ten Years of Theological Training
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