What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama

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Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various “pagan” religions, repurposing their symbols to mean something new. Following the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, we focused [Read More...]

Russian Band’s Punk Protest Prayer: Prophecy or Blasphemy?

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Sometimes a story comes along to intriguing yet so provocative that even I get a little nervous writing about it. But the recent story, offered by Huffington Post’s Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush, was too intriguing not to talk about. First, there’s the matter of the Band’s name, which I’ve deemed is simply too inflammatory [Read More...]

Why Anderson Cooper’s Sexual Orientation Matters

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Cable News Network (CNN) anchor Anderson Cooper didn’t exactly rattle the rafters with a collective gasp of public surprise when he announced that he was gay. Though it’s been something many speculated about for some time, he had never spoken about his sexual orientation in the public forum until today. In fact, according to a [Read More...]

Death by Faith Healing: a Church/State Separation Dilemma

Sixteen-year-old Austin Sprout died of a commonly preventable illness when his parents declined medical treatment on faith grounds.

The sovereignty of religion in the United States is a thorny issue when it comes to state powers. But most Americans can agree that there are lines that even the Church cannot cross. The problem is that sometimes that realization comes too late. Sixteen-year-old Austin Sprout is the most recent victim of such religious transgressions. [Read More...]

Shedding Blood in God’s Name

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I’ll admit I’m a sucker for stories about the malleability of human morality. From the mob movies, where a guy can whack his cousin but better not show his Patron any “disrespect,” to justice-seeking serial killers like “Dexter,” there’s plenty of justified violence to be found. Where do such seemingly contradictory value systems come from? [Read More...]


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