Rethinking Religion

Disability

God on Wheels: Disability and Jewish Feminist Theology

At kiddush one day, I was welcoming a visitor to synagogue when she popped the question. “What’s wrong with you?” she asked as her eyes flicked from my face to my wheels. I’ve been asked this question in an astounding …
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Politics & Society

Confronting the Corporate Expediter: Building the Religious Counterculture

So I’m at a dinner party chatting with the guy sitting next to me, and he asks me what I do for a living. I tell him all about ministry, and then I ask him what he does for a …
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Judaism

The Color of Judaism: A Cultural Reflection and Plea for the New Year

No matter what I am wearing, what is covering my head, or what color my skin is, I am Jewish. But being Jewish does not take away the fact that I am a person of color either.
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Rethinking Religion

Thinking Anew About God: An Introduction

Many liberal and progressive people continue to be unaware of the truly radical notions of God that progressive theologians and believers are exploring.
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Judaism

High Holiday Repentance Workbook 2014 / 5775

To acknowledge our own screw-ups is an important first step. But the High Holidays are not about getting ourselves to feel guilty, but rather engaging in a process of change. If we don’t make those changes internally and in our communities and in our society, all the breast-beating and self-criticism become an empty ritual.
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Judaism

The Joy of Yom Kippur: A Conversation Between Dovid Gottlieb and Michael Lerner

Yom Kippur engages in honest, wrenching self-evaluation. Read Rabbis Dovid Gottlieb and Michael Lerner’s discussion of the twenty-five hour fast.
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Rethinking Religion

Names of God

Fourteenth-century mystic and activist Meister Eckhart says “all the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves.” If he is correct, then as humanity’s self-understanding and understanding of the cosmos evolve, then clearly our God-names will evolve …
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Rethinking Religion

Two Feminist Views of Goddess and God

Feminist theologians agree that the old view of a male God has got to go. But the debate gets heated when we talk about what should take its place.
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Spirituality

Embracing and/or Refusing God-Talk

The most mature faith is not all “sweetness and light”—it is a grappling with holiness that also addresses the abrasiveness of the biblical God.
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Spirituality

What Takes the Place of What Used to Be Called God?

We often mean different things when we say “God.” Distinguishing between theistic, pantheistic, and panentheistic notions can clarify our discussions.
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Spirituality

The God of Process Theology: An Interview with John Cobb

If we could liberate science from the shackles of an outdated metaphysics, the line between physics and spiritually would be radically blurred.
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Christianity

A Beaked and Feathered God: Rediscovering Christian Animism

Contrary to public opinion, Christianity is an animist religion that celebrates the enfleshment of God in many forms. Sometimes, the Spirit is a dove!
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Islam

Allah

In the Muslim tradition, God is the Loving, the Evolver, the First, the Last, the Bringer of Life, the Destroyer, the Generous, the Patient, and much more.
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Rethinking Religion

Ideality, Divine Reality, and Realism

At its best, theology begins with the experience of the Holy and then presses to a prophetic demand for justice and the good.
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Rethinking Religion

God and Goddess Emerging

In this historical moment, we need to blend a panentheism that recognizes humans as in and part of God with the radical visions of God as YHVH (source of transformation) and El Shaddai (a love-oriented Breasted God).
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