Rethinking Religion

Judaism

A Prayer of Boundless Love: Extending the Shema to Include All Beings

Charles Burack meditates on the importance of expanding shema to include all beings––friend and enemy, self and other, human and non-human.
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Environment

Theologies of Genocide and Earth Day Ethics

While waiting to speak at an environmental event earlier this year, another speaker told me a fascinating story. As part of his work for a university program dedicated to energy research, he invited a prominent fossil fuel executive to a …
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Environment

Animals Endowed With Rights by eco-theologian Leonardo Boff

                    Animals: endowed with rights                                            Leonardo Boff         …
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Remembering the teaching of Abraham Joshua Heschel

( Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma to protest segregation, and chaired the Clergy and Laity Opposed to the War in Vietnam, mentored Michael Lener in the years he studied at the Jewish Theological …
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Interfaith

Christian Theologian Gregory Baum 1923-2017 z’l –a great friend of the Jewish people

Tikkun author Gregory Baum was a powerful Catholic force for reconciliation and care between Catholics and Jews. We at Tikkun mourn his death. When the rabbis of the Mishnah wrote that the righteous of all people and all religions have …
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Spirituality

Beyond McMindfulness

Rather than applying mindfulness as a means to awaken individuals and organizations from the unwholesome roots of greed, ill will and delusion, it is usually being refashioned into a banal, therapeutic, self-help technique that can actually reinforce those roots.
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Islam

Which Version of Islam Should Muslims Follow?

SHOULD MUSLIMS FOLLOW THE QUR’AN EPISODICALLY OR CHRONOLOGICALLY? AND HOW DOES THIS IMPACTS RELATIONS WITH JEWS AND CHRISTIANS[1] Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D[2] Summary       Many more Qur’anic verses promote violence than peace. Thus, non-Muslims cannot be faulted for concluding that Islam …
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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

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.
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American Post-Judaism with Shaul Magid

Judaism Unbound (http://www.judaismunbound.com) 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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Rethinking Religion

Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key to Countering Islamism and Islamophobia

Neither Islamophobic westerners nor militant Islamists are right about the Prophet Muhammad—he believed in nonviolence, not retaliation.
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Spiritual Politics

Lessons from the Shadow Side of Football: Building the Religious Counterculture

To uproot our most entrenched institutions, we need a countercultural vision. The story of professional football illustrates why.
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Rethinking Religion

The Genesis of Gender

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?
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Environment

Toward an Eco-Theology of God’s Image

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.
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Buddhism

A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Climate Activism

Bodhisattvas commit daily to an impossible task: the liberation of all living beings. What can climate activists learn from their active nonattachment?
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Spirituality

A God That Could Be Real

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.
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