Rethinking Religion

There is a ferment in the world’s religions. We have all heard about conservative and fundamentalist religion. But we hear much less about religion that is deeply spiritual and nondogmatic, that builds empathic communities and inspires people to activism to create a caring, democratic, egalitarian, and environmentally sane society. Learn about such religion and spirituality here, in articles by experts and lay members of many religions, by “spiritual but not religious” people, and by atheists and agnostics who appreciate much of what, beliefs aside, religion or spirituality does for people’s lives. Click here to read Michael Lerner's essay on God.

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Religion and Culture

Exploring the Crack in Liberalism in Israel/Palestine: Reading Atalia Omer’s When Peace is Not Enough After Bernie Sanders
by Shaul Magid
Progressive American Jews are very much in favor of these peace movements. And yet many of these movements, committed to liberal ideologies, become victims to liberalism’s Achilles heel.

American Post-Judaism with Shaul Magid
by Tikkun
Judaism Unbound ( is a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, a project that catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century. In the third of a four-part series discussing the Jewish future in America, Shaul Magid discusses his 2013 book American Post-Judaism and explores various challenges that face Jews and Judaism in America in the next generation. Focusing on the idea that America is moving into a post-ethnic phase whereby ethnicity no longer defines collectives the way it once did, Magid talks about various new forms of Jewish spiritual practice, syncretism and hybridity with other religions, the role of the non-Jew in the Jewish community, the developing role of the Holocaust and Israel in American Jewish life, the cresting of Habad’s influence, the normalization of intermarriage, the contributions ex-haredi Jews can make to American Judaism, and two models he calls “survivialism” and “spiritual humanism” that have emerged as competing paradigms in the 21st century.

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Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key to Countering Islamism and Islamophobia
by Joseph Lumbard
Neither Islamophobic westerners nor militant Islamists are right about the Prophet Muhammad—he believed in nonviolence, not retaliation.

Spiritual Politics

Lessons from the Shadow Side of Football: Building the Religious Counterculture
by Ana Levy-Lyons
To uproot our most entrenched institutions, we need a countercultural vision. The story of professional football illustrates why.

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The Genesis of Gender
by Joy Ladin
A closer look at the Book of Genesis reveals how deeply the gender binary is ingrained in our culture. What would it mean to smash this binary?


Toward an Eco-Theology of God’s Image
by Matthew Fox
Letting go of self-centered and anthropocentric thinking—“we are the only images of God”—will help us reconnect to our authentic mystical roots as lovers of all beings.


A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Climate Activism
by David Loy
Bodhisattvas commit daily to an impossible task: the liberation of all living beings. What can climate activists learn from their active nonattachment?


A God That Could Be Real
by Nancy Ellen Abrams
Unconscious evolution of God-ideas is inevitable, but conscious evolution of God-ideas has been harshly discouraged. This must change, or else we’ll never be able to bring our best knowledge into the process of rethinking God for our time.


Growing Toward God: Jewish Movement through an Axial Age
by Yotam Schachter
Just as plants are heliotropic beings that grow toward the sun, we humans are theotropic beings that grow toward God. And just as a tree doesn’t have to understand the sun to feel it and be fed by it, we don’t have to understand God to be nourished by subtle sacred influences.


Jewish Education During the Nazis as Spiritual Resistance
by Carol Ascher
“Somehow Nazism and Martin Buber worked together to give a lot of us a much deeper feeling for what Judaism offers.”

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