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Entries tagged with “Faith”

A Faith Beyond Belief

Around the world, people tell stories of Nasrudin, a sometimes bumbling and often clever spiritual teacher of the ancient Middle East who was better at navigating the depths than t…

A Self-Test to Find Your Spiritual Type

Grab a pencil and paper to take this self-test, which appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. Before you venture far to experience other communities in th…

A Snapshot of Religious America

This new reality is not a New York-California phenomenon of the cosmopolitan coasts of America. This is a Main Street phenomenon. There are Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in Salt Lake City, in Toledo, and in Jackson, Mississippi.

Candles, a Practice of Faith

A deeper look at one of the holiday season's simplest rituals.

Excerpt: Learning to Walk in the Dark

Download a free excerpt from the new book by Barbara Brown Taylor

Faith and the Family: When Our Beliefs Differ

When loved ones challenge our deepest beliefs, is it even possible to agree to disagree?

Free Pray State

Missourians vote tomorrow to save prayer in the public square. A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect a person’s right to pray in public, and would allow st…

Friday Night Lights Author Talks Faith and Fatherhood

Buzz Bissinger on his latest book, Father's Day.

God Always Answers Our Prayers

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is “no.” You’ve probably heard this said dozens if not hundreds of times. It’s God’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card. In other word…

How Spirituality Affects the Physical, Mental and Social Well-being of People Going through Cancer

Spirituality and religiousness play a key role in the health and well-being of cancer patients.

I Have Failed, Part 4

I seem to have opened a can of worms, and I invite you worms to post your comments on the blog rather than emailing me directly. I can’t respond to each writer, and I have to move …

Jennifer Rothschild: Finding Light in the Darkness

Rather than limit Jennifer, blindness opened the door to a tapestry of achievements.

Keep the Doubt

I am often told to keep the faith. The truth is, however, I prefer doubt. Faith is about clinging to answers that cannot be proven, while doubt is about wrestling with questions th…

Let the Competition Begin

People attending the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will have to pass by thirteen crosses erected by the neighboring Grace Baptist Church. According to the local paper (Daily N…

Letting Go

Our faith traditions teach us how to honor our grief and come back to life.

Making Meaning in Spite of Tragedy

Rabbi Rami Shapiro counsels us to love neighbors and strangers as ourselves.

Methods for Strengthening Our Faith

At certain stages of the journey your faith is strong, but then sometimes it quivers a little bit, so you have to find ways to explore your doubts.

New Books: Enlightened Aging, Chant, and a Memoir of Darkness

Open your mind to a different way of seeing, with these selections from Spirituality & Health. Click the title to read the full review.The December Project An Extraordinary Rab…

Part One - Rev. Dr. Joan Campbell and Karen Armstrong

In part one of this two-part podcast, Rabbi Rami talks with Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell and Karen Armstrong on location at the 27th Annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, KY thi…

Part Two - Rev. Dr. Joan Campbell and Karen Armstrong

In part two of this two-part podcast, Rabbi Rami talks with Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell and Karen Armstrong on location at the 27th Annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, KY thi…

Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith

A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel

Private Prayers: Flannery O'Connor's Faith Journal

Years before her novels and short stories earned her recognition as one of midcentury America’s greatest writers, Flannery O’Connor poured her faith—and doubts—into one slim notebo…

Rabbi Rami: Help! I’m Being Threatened with Hell

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Solitude in the Faith Traditions

Solitude is a condition of the spirit that is recognized, honored, and practiced by adherents of virtually every major faith. The founders and followers have discovered it, practiced it, and handed it down.

Tablet Wars

Posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings may soon become legal in Tennessee, and I for one am all for it. After all this is a central Jewish document, and if Tennessee …

The Greening of Buddhism

Through the World Wildlife Fund’s Sacred Earth program, Dekila Chungyalpa works with her own Buddhist faith and Christians, Muslims, and others to protect the Earth.

The Yoga of Critical Thinking

I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…

Welcome to the Great (Interfaith) Swamp!

Making interfaith dialogue a priority: the "other" is our neighbor, our co-worker, our boss, maybe our spouse. Love it or not, each of us is being pushed into more constant and increasingly complex interactions with people of vastly different beliefs and ways of knowing. And, as we know from brain science, it is through such interactions that we create ourselves.

What Happens if We "Believe in Everything a Little Bit"?

No longer narrow and exclusive, “spirituality” now refers to what happens inside the seeker, who takes charge in the search for meaning. Some speak of “pick-and-choose” or “a-la-carte” spirituality for consumers.

What’s the Difference Between Jesus and Christ?

You’re a hypocrite. You don’t believe in heaven or hell, and yet you let people who do get away with it. Why not just tell them they’re wrong?If you want to dialogue deeply with pe…

When Your Practice Gives You a Shove

The invitation can upend your life in ways you never expected—and create great joy. How will you respond?

Who's Afraid of Gods?

Just how scared of Satan do you have to be to flee in the face of a non-Christian prayer? This morning I hosted one of my bi-monthly lunches as Wisdom House at Scarritt-Bennett Ce…

Why I'm Not A [Blank]

A couple of weeks ago during a Q&A session after a talk I gave I was asked, “Why aren’t you a Christian?” I was intrigued by the question and its corollaries: Why I’m not a Muslim,…

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