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February 08, 2017
Why do many religions care what believers wear?
"ERASMUS" ASKS: Why do the religious authorities feel strongly about what we wear when we...
January 22, 2017
Should churches be tax-exempt?
RACHAEL'S QUESTION: Once in a while I'll see someone comment online about how taxing churches...
January 07, 2017
What do Jews believe about life after death?
NORMAN'S QUESTION: The Hebrew Bible makes no mention of an afterlife. When did this belief...
December 14, 2016
With Jesus’ birth, why does the Bible list two different family trees?
THE QUESTION: In the accounts of Jesus' Nativity in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke,...
December 01, 2016
What does Christianity say happens to believers after death?
PAULA'S QUESTION: When people say their loved one went to heaven, why doesn't the preacher...
November 19, 2016
Why didn’t the Bible abolish slavery?
THE QUESTION: If the Bible is a revered guide to morality, why didn't it abolish...
October 29, 2016
Who are the Yazidis of Iraq? (And why are they persecuted so?)
RACHAEL'S QUESTION: I've heard of Yazidis but don't know much about them. What are some...
October 17, 2016
Is the Bible so “dangerous” it should be banned? Burned? Seriously.
NORMAN'S QUESTION: The Bible is the most-purchased and least-read book of any. What can we...
October 03, 2016
Was the Bible’s Abraham a real person or only a fictional character?
MARK'S QUESTION: Liberal biblical scholars say Abraham never lived and was a literary invention of...
September 12, 2016
Were Paul, and Jesus himself, mistaken about when the Second Coming would occur?
NORMAN'S QUESTION (summarized and paraphrased): The New Testament letter of 1st Thessalonians regards the coming...
August 28, 2016
What does the Bible say about physical punishment of children?”
AN ANONYMOUS READER ASKS: In the U.S. there is a strong tendency among certain segments...
July 26, 2016
Does Islam’s Quran say husbands can beat their wives?
THE QUESTION: What does Islam's holy book, the Quran, say about husbands beating their wives?...
July 11, 2016
Why do the Catholics and Orthodox “cross themselves” differently?
GAIL'S QUESTION: Why don't the Orthodox and Roman Catholics cross themselves the same way? THE...
July 01, 2016
Does religious liberty in the U.S. go too far?
NORMAN'S QUESTION: Given that many religious groups have some very socially undesirable beliefs and, even...
June 11, 2016
What is Jainism?
SID'S QUERY: I am looking for information on Jainism. Any help you can give me...
May 27, 2016
Will Catholicism admit women deacons to the clergy ranks?
THE QUESTION: What are the reasons the Catholic Church might, or might not, ordain women...
May 12, 2016
Wine? Juice? Water? Wheat bread? What should be served at Communion?
GORDON'S QUESTION: Why do some Christians use (unfermented) grape juice or leavened bread in Communion...
April 28, 2016
Is capitalism biblical?
JOHN'S QUESTION: It has always been my understanding from Proverbs (condemning the "sluggard"), and Paul's...
April 16, 2016
A big one: Is New Testament history reliable?
NORMAN'S QUESTION: How can we get people informed about the results of academic biblical scholarship,...
April 06, 2016
Was one of the New Testament apostles a woman?
CLAUDE'S QUESTION: How did you come to the conclusion that Junia / Junias in Romans...
March 29, 2016
What does Islam teach about violence?
DAVID'S QUESTION: Why don't mainstream Muslims acknowledge that the Quran orders them to do just...
March 18, 2016
What do we know about the Jewish leader who buried Jesus?
JACK'S QUESTION: What do we know about Joseph of Arimathea? Have scholars learned anything more...
March 08, 2016
Did later Christians change what Jesus’ earliest followers believed about him?
NORMAN'S QUESTION: Why do an overwhelming number of Christians believe (or say they believe) things...
February 26, 2016
How are Orthodox Christians organized, and why?
DAVID ASKS: Most of us in the U.S. are aware of Orthodox Christians but don't...
February 17, 2016
Sunni vs. Shi’a Muslims: What? Why? Where? How many?
JIM ASKS: Muslims in the U.S.: Sunni or Shi'a? And a second reader asks about...
February 09, 2016
Bible puzzler: Did John write the Gospel of John?
PATRICIA'S QUESTION: Who do you think authored the Fourth Gospel? THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER: This...
January 30, 2016
What’s the Jesus Movement’s impact 45 years later?
JOSH'S QUERY: [Referring to "Time" magazine's 1971 cover story on the youthful "Jesus Revolution"] A...
January 19, 2016
What are the ins and outs — mostly ins — of the Internet’s Bible Gateway?”
HEATHER'S QUESTION: I don't see the New Revised Standard Version in my biblegateway.com app. Do...
January 11, 2016
Why do certain Muslims still practice beheading?
TERRY'S QUESTION: What is it with Muslims and beheadings? Where does that come from? THE...
December 22, 2015
Who was “Theophilus,” that New Testament man of mystery?
RACHAEL'S QUESTION: Luke addressed the books of Luke and Acts to Theophilus, but who...
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