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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...
December 16, 2015
“Can we be good without God?”
MARY'S QUESTION: Is a belief in God essential to morality? THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER: Many...
December 10, 2015
Who wrote the Bible’s Book of Revelation?
JOHN (the perfect name for this question) ASKS: I thought the John of Revelation was...
November 17, 2015
What’s the background of the Episcopal Church’s new leader?
AN EPISCOPALIAN ASKS: Can you tell us something more about the presiding bishop of our...
November 14, 2015
Is Islam a “religion of peace”?
With Islamic State claiming responsibility for the Friday the 13th massacres in Paris, the Religion...
October 31, 2015
What is Seventh-day Adventism?
RUSSELL'S QUESTION: Since Donald Trump brought Ben Carson's religion to the forefront, can you tell...
October 10, 2015
What faiths practice cremation?
GORDON'S QUESTION: What do various faiths say about cremation vs. burial of remains? I know...
September 29, 2015
What is an agnostic?
LISA'S QUESTION: What does it mean to be agnostic? Are there people who actually consider...
September 16, 2015
How should Christians holding public office conduct their duties?
GENE'S QUESTION: How ought Christian believers conduct themselves as public office-holders? To what extent should...
September 03, 2015
Which U.S. churches accept legal abortion?
EVA'S QUESTION: Are there any Christian denominations that accept the legality of abortion? THE RELIGION...
August 26, 2015
A common dilemma: Which Bible to use?
DALE'S QUESTION: I am no longer sure which Bible to use. I currently have the...
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