May 13, 2019

UU is full of doubters. Why isn’t the denomination honest enough to say so? Read more

May 10, 2019

Ayn Rand’s startling endorsement of labor unions, and why she never learned the lesson taught by her own book. Read more

May 8, 2019

The quiet radicalism of universal compassion and acceptance. Read more

May 6, 2019

By James A. Haught The Lilly Endowment, a rich foundation created by pharmaceutical heirs, says part of its mission is to “deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians” and to “foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.” The foundation just donated $4.9 million to the Associated Press and a consortium of groups to “expand religion news reporting.”… Read more

May 4, 2019

This month in songs of resistance and rebellion, here’s Chvrches with one of the most pointedly political songs from their latest album. The lyrics allude to the drowning of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and tenants who burned to death in the U.K.’s Grenfell Tower fire. Vocalist Lauren Mayberry said about the song: “The main stimulus was seeing people with power choose to not reference things and never be held accountable…” Read more

May 3, 2019

Happiness is a good thing – or is it? Read more

May 1, 2019

If we’re going to save the world from climate change, we need to think about healing the harm that’s already been done. Read more

April 28, 2019

By James A. Haught This is the final segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types. While minor religious scandals flare almost weekly, two major types of holy horror dominate the 21st century: Muslim suicide bombings and priest sex abuses. Let’s start with Islam: The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 – when 19 Muslim suicide volunteers killed 3,000 Americans by crashing hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – awoke… Read more

April 26, 2019

Rand’s bad guys want to destroy the world for no reason at all. Read more

April 24, 2019

Like many people, I was riveted to social media last week, following news of the massive fire at Notre Dame de Paris. When so many other old alliances and certainties are crumbling, it felt like an apocalyptic sign of the times to watch one of the world’s most famous buildings engulfed in flames. (If I were a Christian, I’d have to seriously wonder what message God was sending by burning it down just a few days before Easter.) Fortunately, when… Read more

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