Rethinking Religion

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If we could liberate science from the shackles of an outdated metaphysics, the line between physics and spiritually would be radically blurred.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

A Buddhist God?

Is it right to describe Buddhism as atheistic? Many people do, pointing to the fact that Buddhism doesn’t refer to a creator God. Yet it’s not so simple.
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Judaism

A Ritual Dismantling of Walls: Healing from Trauma through the Jewish Days of Awe

With their focus on the fragility of walls, the High Holy Days create space for us to dismantle psychological barriers that no longer serve us.
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US Politics

The Shadow Side of Freedom: Building the Religious Counterculture

When did liberal religion start valuing personal autonomy over collective values of love and justice? We need to prioritize a new kind of freedom.
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