Rethinking Religion

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If we could liberate science from the shackles of an outdated metaphysics, the line between physics and spiritually would be radically blurred.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

The Empty Throne: Reimagining God as Creative Energy

God is not an old man who sits on a throne in the sky—God is the creative energy within earth, air, water, plants, animals, and humans!
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Film

Rabbi Zalman and the Making of Seeking the 36

In 2007 the two of us—novelist Stephen Billias and filmmaker Dennis Lanson—completed our collaboration on a screenplay entitled The 36 about the Lamed Vov, the Thirty-Six Just Men of Jewish folklore. While trying to sell the screenplay, we decided to make a separate documentary film called Seeking the 36 in which we would look for the Lamed Vov living in the world today.
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Judaism

Shavuot’s Revelation of Self

Shavuot provides an opportunity to peer deeply into the open self, a process embodied in the receiving of Torah at Sinai. The question is: will you choose to go up?
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Rethinking Religion

Loving-Kindness to the Thousandth Generation

Violence can take on a life of its own, rippling in unexpected directions. But our religious traditions teach us that love proliferates exponentially more.
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Judaism

The Tikkun Passover Supplement

The Jewish liberation holiday, Passover, has messages for anyone seeking to heal the world. This supplement expands on the Haggadah (Seder guide).
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