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The paradox of sainthood

Saints are supposed to be figures of unity. They exemplify virtues that we can emulate; they reveal hidden possibilities open … Continued

Faith seeks understanding

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

My purpose in debating Christopher Hitchens on the afterlife

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Is atheism necessary for religion? Rabbi Zusya would say yes. The great Russian Hassidic Rabbi, who … Continued

What Does the Name “Terrorist” Tell Us About Ourselves?

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

The other Spain v. Netherlands

Yesterday Spain defeated The Netherlands in the World Cup in South Africa. 362 years ago, it was the other way … Continued

What humans do is a moral issue

Q: In response to Sarah Palin’s recent claims that climate change is based on “junk science and doomsday scare tactics … Continued

Thanks, But No Thanks, From A Happy Atheist

Q:What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued

Pope’s Delayed Message on Greed

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. A new encyclical on Catholic social teaching will soon be released as … Continued

A “Slippery Slope” Only If We’re Stupid

I am of course pleased with President Obama’s decision to end the near-total ban on federal funding for embryonic stem … Continued

Who Wrote the Bible? Does it Matter?

Does “proving” the Bible matter? Even before its nationwide broadcast tonight, Nov. 18, on PBS, “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” an … Continued

After Castro: New Energy, Same Strategy

When I was a kid, Fidel Castro was referred to as a “godless Communist” and we were afraid of him. … Continued

What Near Death Taught Me About Life

Life is a dot for a living human being who has not developed any sense about the meaning of life. … Continued

An Enlightened Approach to Faith

Questioning one’s faith is absolutely essential. There is a growth- very unattractive and worrying-in a religious position across the faiths … Continued

The Question Is Not If the World Will End, But How?

Scientifically speaking, we do suppose that there will be an end to our world. There are even some estimates about … Continued