The Athiests Enigma

As an ancient African-American gospel song laments, life is filled with complications, sorrows and defeats for everyone. At times life can become an unmitigated horror as the world slowly but surely converts every plant that grows and ever creature that is born into fertilizer to feed future doomed generations.

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen -- Nobody knows but Jesus.

We really are finite beings adrift in an dangerous world, beset consistently by the tragic human triad of suffering, guilt and death. George Santayana, the brilliant Harvard philosopher wrote;

Life is neither entertainment nor a feast but a predicament to be resolved in the face of enormous difficulties.

Most of us do indeed live out at least some portions of our lives in quiet desperation. As many as one person in five suffers from serious mental or spiritual health disorders at times. In addition, we are all caught up in the frustrations of life virtually all our days.

During my half century of psychospiritual research, this puzzle emerged from the writings of men and women like Soren Kierkegaard, Carl Jung, Karen Horney, Otto Rank, Laura Perls, Abraham Maslow Melanie Klein and many others. Some of them started as agnostics or atheists who like Sigmund Freud thought God was a security myth, religion a fraud, worship and prayer naively subjective and faith, hope and love meaningless illusions. I understand their skepticism. How could any serious scholar want anything to do with the state controlled churches of their day -- as the clergy pandered to the nobility and betrayed families into poverty and slaughter in religious and financial wars? Nevertheless, as they matured personally and professionally, when everything psychological had been researched, after they'd reached the limits of psychotherapy, the incredible insights in the following paragraph appeared regularly in many of my most influential scholars' lectures, therapy sessions and books.

To mature beyond neurotic anxiety, to cope with existential alienation, to live purposefully and win consistent satisfaction, each person must develop a faith as if God were real. We scholars can find no God -- religion probably panders to human weakness, prayer and worship are frauds, Nevertheless, to avoid crippling our souls, we must pretend that God exists and offer devotion to this myth because doing so gives us a crucial sense of security in a dangerous world. We can then live with the illusions of faith, hope and love that are essential for a meaningful life.

Oh my -- how wondrously droll, how deeply self-serving, how terribly convoluted! Fortunately, there is a much better way, for according to William of Occam, with all factors being equal, the simplest solution to a problem is usually the best one. Soren Kierkegaard, the always brilliant and forever relevant godfather of modern psychology, the most equal of my score or so authors, along with Ernest Becker, saw life more clearly than most. The Danish philosopher of the First Industrial Revolution, when writing about satisfaction reported;

The only way we humans can find contentment in a commercial society is through a self-transcending faith in God that lifts us beyond a fearful, frustrated and meaningless existence. We must become Knights of Faith.

You must understand this;

In this seminar I examine aspects of human personality and experience that are filled with painful and self-defeating elements. It is worse than useless to ignore our problems when every newspaper exposes us to a flood of human disasters. Nevertheless, my approach is spiritual and positive when followed through to the end. I shall try hard to teach you how to peer into your souls, to balance knowledge and wisdom, psychology and philosophy and the earthy elements of psychotherapy with the cosmic elements of worship -- in order to deal with human suffering and to make life come out well along the way. I use the term psychospiritual with a full understanding of its dual implications of emotional and philosophical elements.

SECOND -- THE CONTRITE SPIRIT The next astonishing consensus to emerge from my brilliant psychological giants is the necessity of personal repentance in the deliverance of one's soul.

To resolve our spiritual difficulties, to succeed in our quest for liberation, we must successfully pass through the major emotional crisis of human liberation. During this conflict, the soul with its unconscious scar tissue; repressed, anxious, subjective and frozen at the core of our being, must surrender itself. Selfishness must yield to generosity. We must mature beyond the immature attitude of I - MYSELF ALONE. The seeker after freedom, to use St. Paul's concepts, must nurture a contrite attitude in order to regret and abandon personal selfishness. In psychoanalytic terms, the self must sacrifice the ego in order to become free of its tyranny. Only after we have removed our emotional armor, have matured beyond egoistic self-deception and often gone past the assistance psychotherapy can give us to connect consciously with God, can we find deliverance. We have too many primitive homosapien traits to break free in our own strength. We need assistance to mature beyond our posturing and pretension, past our repressed killer-ape paranoia and nagging anxieties, beyond our compulsive defenses. We must abandon such baggage to escape through the prison bars we ourselves have erected for ego protection against our anxiety and guilt. Only then can we find the courage, knowledge and wisdom to become spiritually and emotionally free as Jesus, St. Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther King and Sister Theresa among many others were liberated souls -- were Kierkegaard's Knights of the Spirit. .

Our search for freedom via the repentance of our failures, with sincere contrition, creates several crucial questions to be answered as we seek liberation from our homosapien anxiety and rage through faith and self-awareness. We must ask ourselves;

How can I end my self-defeating ego defenses, remove my emotional and cultural armor to become the loving parent, supportive spouse and faithful friend I yearn to be?

How shall I courageously stand in my quaking and bleeding nakedness - my ego crying out for esteem regardless of who is abused, without being overwhelmed by the cruelties of life?

How can I, a mere mortal already living under a death sentence, in a prison of my own making, successfully make my way through this con- fusing maze of suffering, guilt and death that is the unavoidable tragic triad of existence?

THIRD -- FOREVER BECOMING I wish I could tell you that my special scholars identified two shortcuts to soul liberation that shall sweep you into happiness all the days of your life. It would also be wonderful if each person could make a single emotional adjustment, like the religious experience called being born again that is expected by many to guarantee forever each believer's spiritual liberation. I recall, during my youth in a fundamentalist revival meeting, an enthusiastic young evangelist begging us to come forward to shake his hand and accept Christ as our personal savior. That would, he assured us, take us straight to heaven regardless of where we strayed or what sins we committed later in life. He pleased some rebellious adolescents greatly but horrified our parents by saying;

Come and shake my hand, signifying your acceptance of Christ, and then it doesn't matter whether death overtakes you drunk in a saloon or from the arms of a harlot -- you shall have been saved, you will go directly to heaven for an eternity with Jesus and with God our heavenly father.

I remember my father grumbling aghast to my mother;

What is that idiot teaching our teenagers -- that living a Christian life gives them license to immorality and sin, to drunkenness and adultery, if you first get saved? He's a loony. Not only must you talk the talk; each Christian must walk the walk. You must run the race through to the end!

I shall elaborate more on this later but for now, let me say here that dealing successfully with life and its problems, with our secret yearnings, is much like following a twelve- steps program for drug addicts. It is never a one-time event such as being redeemed through a simple mental assent. Human nature is too complex for so simplistic a deliverance, although as an aspect of God's grace, it must begin with contrition and a connection with the Cosmic Creator. Given the fact we are subjective and finite creature-selves, frequently in conflict in an imperfect world, our psychospiritual health is always a life-long project we must accept and follow through to the end. Of course that creates a problem for many because we are such impatient souls. We are indeed attracted to quick fix solutions whether in religion, industry, education or our personal lives. Even more, we really want to pretend nothing is wrong and then when we are forced to face some unpleasant reality, we usually call in a specialist, have the expert do the quick fix and write out a check. Psychospiritual healing doesn't occur that way -- it is process that always extracts a price and often draws blood. Life becomes really satisfying through psychospiritual maturing and no one grows up in a few weeks or months. We mature and nurture ourselves in stages and while others can help, as with Alcoholics Anonymous, you have to very much want to rid yourself of your conscious and unconscious methods of avoiding personal responsibility before you get free.

Through this program I shall be dealing with some of the common defenses humans use to feel good about ourselves in a difficult world where life is often nasty, brutish and short. These include keeping secrets from ourselves (repression) -- pretending that unpleasant things didn't occur or really are not that bad (denial) and keeping existence simplistic (avoidance). This leads to yet another paradox.

Given the difficult nature of life, while we cope with the tragic triad of suffering, guilt and death, we normally protect our egos in our search for satisfaction, Of course, we all need defenses to avoid severe anxiety that would render us unable to function well. On the other hand, when we use too many ego defenses, they play havoc in our families, companies, churches and communities. Getting along without falling into despair is somewhat like balancing along a tight rope. We live on a continuum between neurotic domination and crippling isolation and we must work every day to make life come out right. Much as a recovering addict must deliberately choose each morning to remain sober even as his or her insecurities are clamoring for counterfeit liberation.

Life in the raw is often too painful, too dangerous to face without pretensions, ego games and hidden secrets. In fact, we learn early in childhood that some very nasty things happen to everyone -- that life is fatal in the end with no one getting out alive. Just last week as I write this, a darling little second grade girl in our community slipped on ice while running after a school bus and was crushed in front of many of her schoolmates. It was devastating to them and I wept as I thought of the precious little life cut short in the terrible accident.

Amy my own ten year old red-headed, left-handed granddaughter with a mind of her own, recently revealed her anxiety about death to her grandmother. And while I probably would have overwhelmed Amy with my research, Roberta in essence told her that is why we are Christians. She recommended she keep her head cool, her feet warm, her diet modest and to always trust in the Lord. My, oh my -- I do have a bevy of strong women in my life. One wife, one daughter, one daughter in law, several granddaughters and a great granddaughter, who keep me honest and humble in our dealings!

To pretend that life is a rose-garden is nothing but self-deception and denial. Therefore we must learn how to cope with the reality of existence that is often very hard to bear without fleeing from reality by becoming neurotic. Unfortunately, reality is so terrible a burden to lay on us as children, while we are learning who we are, where we belong and what life is all about, we all use self-deceptive repression and denial. The key is to keep them from dominating our choices. We must learn how to cope successfully with life's tragic triad and then work at it regularly.

It has become obvious that the great human problems of our era no longer come from the forces of nature but from within ourselves. Wars, hunger for half the world's people and even global warming are human created conditions. As the great philosopher Pogo Possum (a k a Walt Kelly) said, We have met the enemy and he is us. We are finite beings who simply cannot find redemption and liberation through our own wisdom and courage. With our psychological unconscious scheming selfishly to dominate others, or conversely, yearning for some great, god-like figure to assume our responsibility for life, we lack the spiritual resources to pull it off in our own strength. Fortunately, we can find self-transcending liberation, as reported in the Atheist's Enigma and a Contrite Spirit, while we are connected consciously with God. As Pope John Paul II said;

We cannot be good without God.

To which I add;

We cannot even feel consistently satisfied about ourselves and our achievements without a connection with God that lifts us beyond our own failures and insecurities.

Warmly,

Jard

Author* Jard DeVille has published more than a score of psychology books, seminars and psychological assessment instruments. His book NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST was a powerful best seller in English, Japanese and Spanish editions. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP was New American Library's offering in their Executive Development Series. For twenty years he was considered by many to be America's foremost leadership scholar.

Visit The Fulfillment Forum at http://www.fulfillmentforum.com for Free E-Book Courses and E-Biz Tools.

In The News:

What’s in a name? religion, maybe  Times of IndiaSEHWAJPUR/WAJIDPUR/MALERKOTLA: Before Partition drove a wedge between people of different religions, many Sikh families used to give sons names ...
Religious diversity is a hallmark of the American experience  Idaho StatesmanWeekly Faith column, this week written by Said Ahmed-Zaid.
Re-introduced Freedom of Religion Act Would Bar Religious Test for Entry to U.S.  Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty BlogJan 19, 2019 | Blog |. Written by Don Byrd. Earlier this week, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced he has re-introduced the Freedom of Religion Act. Originally ...
Dementia and religion: Do's and don'ts  Salt Lake TribuneWhen a congregant has dementia, what can a house of worship do? Though each person is different and advice varies depending on an individual's condition, ...
Week-in-Religion  KMOXFred Bodimer reports on Millennials and chruch, and scientology blames a well-known critic for a killing in Australia. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to ...
Dementia and religion: Songs and stuffed animals instead of sermons  Salt Lake TribuneRichlandtown, Pa. • The seven women, most in wheelchairs, sat in a semicircle facing stained-glass windows and an altar topped with a cross and a statuette of ...
Is Religion Anti-Intellectual?  American ThinkerShould you believe in a God? All the discord and vitriol in our culture boils down to how you would answer. Border walls, gay marriage, abortion, national ...
Religion in brief | Religion  Lewiston Morning TribuneUkraine approves property law that could affect 12000 churches.
Religion calendar, Saturday, Jan. 19 | Religion Calendar  Winston-Salem JournalSpecial Activities. First Christian Church, 2320 Country Club Road, welcomes David Harrison Jr. as the church's new senior pastor. Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 ...
Year Of Tolerance: an Australian in Dubai exploring religion through art  The NationalDubai-based artist Jessica Watson-Thorp has fully embraced the Year Of Tolerance's spirit with her new body of work.
Could state-guided faith be a trend of the future?  The EconomistIN THE LATE 20th century, it seemed possible to imagine alternative futures for the world's great religions. Either they would be persecuted by secular or atheist ...
Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions  Grand Haven TribuneWomen have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of ...
Religion on Clemson University's campus: Roadblocks remain in interfaith dialogue  Anderson Independent MailWhile Christianity is dominant at Clemson, a growing variety of faith groups exist. The challenge is getting the groups to interact and work together.
Worshipping hockey: art exhibit celebrates the 'religion' of the sport  CBC NewsAn art gallery in Windsor is taking the worship of hockey to the next level.
State-religion partnership benefits all, Opinion News & Top Stories  The Straits TimesSuccess of Muis and other religious statutory boards as 'privileged interlocutor' is a beneficial partnership that Europe can learn from. When the Islamic ...
How the State Is Co-Opting Religion in China  Foreign AffairsThe message reached me in early December via Signal, an encrypted messaging *service* that many Chinese use to bypass the closely monitored social media ...
Faith makes for a good night's sleep, study says  Religion News Service(RNS) — A strong faith could be the key to a good night's sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Religion: Week of Jan. 20 | Religion  The AlmanacA recent listing of special services and events at churches in the South Hills.
CNN analyst roasts Trump, GOP for hypocrisy on religion  CNNCNN analyst Philip Mudd criticized President Donald Trump's tweet where he discussed prayer rugs that were found at the southern border.
Waxahachie city officials say religion has nothing to do with request to remove billboard  WFAA.com"The City of Waxahachie has no ability to regulate what goes on the signs," said City Manager Michael Scott. "Our ability is really to regulate the structure itself.”
Senators Were Right to Ask Those Questions on Religion  Wall Street JournalCan the nominee be counted on as a federal judge to recognize and protect the legal equality of LGBTQ Americans and the right of American women to have ...
"Religion is more lasting than people" religious leaders tell Sudan al-Bashir  Sudan TribuneJanuary 18, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A well-known Sudanese Islamic preacher Friday said he advised President Omer al-Bashir that "religion is more lasting than ...
Study finds simple explanation for endurance of religion  Phys.orgChildcare can be expensive, stressful, and annoying to organise, but a University of Otago-led study has found it may also be behind religion's resilience.
Religion column — Unnatural choice - Picayune Item  Picayune ItemThere is often the distinction made between the natural and the spiritual. Frequently, the lines are drawn and the inference is that, somehow, the traits given to us ...
Animal Slaughter, Rights and Religion  The New York TimesA member of the Belgian Parliament discusses a law he sponsored to prevent slaughter without stunning, and the Good Food Institute writes about growing meat ...
RELIGION NEWS: Christian theme park founder offers free admission to public schools  The Times TelegramCreation Museum and Ark Encounter Park founder Ken Ham is offering free admission to public schools to his theme parks after an atheist group warned school ...
Religion Considered Important to 72% of Americans  GallupSeventy-two percent of Americans say religion is important to them, but few think its influence on U.S. life is increasing, and a record-low 46% say it can solve ...
Why are women more religious than men? Because men are more willing to take risks.  Big ThinkWhat explains the gap between men and women in terms of religious belief? A new study published in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion suggests ...
The world must stand against China’s war on religion  Washington PostWe cannot ignore the Communist Party's human rights violations.
World Religion Day event will honor 'sense of community among faith traditions'  St. Cloud TimesCentral Minnesota's Baha'i community will host an event honoring other religious traditions at St. Cloud Library.
Religion is not necessarily in conflict with modernity: Kevin Richards  Tehran TimesTEHRAN - Professor Kevin Richards, chair of Liberal Arts Department at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, tells the Tehran Times that “I would agree with ...
When religion speaks the political language  Daily MonitorPerformance. Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, performing Tuliyambala Engule at the Kabaka's end of year fete in Bulange, Kampala. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER ...
Listen: No Bill Nye, a Big Cosmos Isn't a Problem for Religion  Discovery InstituteOn a new episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid continues his series with science historian Michael Keas about Mike's new work from ISI Books, ...
What's coming for religion in 2019? Here's what the experts predict.  Religion News Service(RNS) — This year saw wave after wave of new revelations about the extent of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis. It saw deadly hate crimes, the explosion of ...
Dementia and religion: 'What if I forget about God?'  Religion News ServiceDementia is the overall term for memory loss and cognitive impairment that results from diseases such as Alzheimer's. It progresses as damage to the brain ...
Panel discusses religious representations in media  Joplin GlobeWhen Shahin Mayfield tells people she's Baha'i, the typical response is, “That's a sect of Islam, right?”
Are school trips to Ark Encounter legal? Ken Ham and group wage battle  Courier JournalKen Ham, the creationist founder of the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, is sparring with a national group over whether public schools are legally allowed to ...
Authors discuss their new book on religion in American higher education  Inside Higher EdAuthors discuss new book about the diversity and strength of religion in academe -- as well as some of the tensions.
Florida lawmaker works to require religion elective in public high schools  WEARA Florida lawmaker is working to make bible study available in all public schools. Representative Kim Daniels filed this House Bill 195 on Wednesday. It would ...
Chris Pratt's Religion: How He Became A Devout Christian  ELLE AustraliaIf you spotted Chris Pratt's recent announcement that he's engaged to girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger, you will have noticed it had strong religious ...
Texas Republicans fail to oust Muslim official over religion  BBC NewsA Republican county official in Texas has survived a vote to oust him after several local party members took issue with his Muslim religion. The motion to remove ...
Religious Hypocrisy Carries Risks  Psychology TodayFindings on Credibility Enhancing Displays (CREDs) suggest that embracing the Trump presidency as one ordained by God may ultimately prove detrimental to ...
5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress  Pew Research CenterThe new Congress is slightly more religiously diverse than its predecessor, but it remains overwhelmingly Christian.
Florida lawmaker files bill requiring schools to teach courses on Bible, religion  WWSBSARASOTA (WWSB) - A lawmaker from Jacksonville is sponsoring a bill that require state high schools to teach courses on the Bible and religion. Democratic ...
Why more and more Americans think religion is irrelevant  Religion News ServiceFor taking the temperature of religion in America, Gallup's regular surveys are always worth a look, because many of the same questions have been asked for ...
Why people are religious, according to a psychology expert  The IndependentThe quick and easy answer to why people are religious is that god – in whichever form you believe he/she/they take(s) – is real and people believe because ...
Catholic school apologizes after clip emerges of students mocking Native Americans  Religion News ServiceWASHINGTON (RNS) — A Catholic high school in Kentucky is apologizing after videos surfaced of students dressed in the school's garb confronting and ...
Trump's reference to Wounded Knee evokes the dark history of suppression of indigenous religions  The Conversation - USPresident Trump evoked the Wounded Knee massacre in a recent tweet. He was reacting to an Instagram video that Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted on New ...
Beijing's crackdown on religion clouds holiday season for China's faithful  CNNIt's a Christmas battle for the hearts and souls of the Chinese people.
We must stand against China's war on religion  Dallas NewsMihrigul Tursun said she pleaded with God to end her life as her Chinese jailers increased the electrical currents coursing through her body....
German politicians propose a ‘religion tax’ for Muslims to counter extremism  Washington PostBERLIN — When Germans file their annual tax returns, religion matters a great deal. If you're Catholic, tax authorities will likely collect an income tax surcharge ...
RELIGION NEWS BRIEFS  NWAOnlinePublic education future forum topic. New Millennium Church, 21 Lakeshore Drive in Little Rock, will host a forum on "Re-Segregation, Privatization, and ...
Imprisoned Neo-Nazi Leader Says His Hate Group Is a Religion, Court Says No  Southern Poverty Law CenterA federal appeals court has ruled that Matthew Hale's hate philosophy, Creativity, isn't a religion because it focuses almost exclusively on preserving the white ...
Black Muslims account for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims, and about half are converts to Islam  Pew Research CenterThis is one of an occasional series of posts on black Americans and religion. Even in the early 20th century, when Islam had little presence in most parts of the ...
Howard Thurman, mentor to King who preached nonviolence, featured in documentary  Religion News Service(RNS) — A little-known theologian who mentored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is the subject of a new documentary that highlights the influence the older man ...
'My religion is kindness' | Local News Stories  Montrose Daily PressNo matter what religious path you follow, or even if you don't follow a particular path, kindness is a moral way to live. If we had more kindness in the.
'Here to Reclaim Our Lost Space in Religion': How Hijra Community is Creating History at Kumbh Mela  News18The Kinnars first received recognition within the domain of religious practice when the Ujjain-based Akhada, the Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti invited the Kinnar ...
Art meets religion for series of paintings at St. John's church  CBC.caThe first time Michelle Rebidoux, an artist and professor of religious studies at Memorial University, stepped into St. Mark's Anglican Church in St. John's, she felt ...
2018 in review: A year of reckoning for powerful religious figures  Religion News Service(RNS) — A year ago Bill Hybels was the well-respected pastor of one of the most influential megachurches in the nation. Theodore McCarrick was a prince of the ...
Local religion digest: Day of silence, meditation set in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Reading EagleThere will be a day of silence and meditation to observe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, ...
How Religious Conservatives Are Grappling with Racism  Religion & PoliticsKay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/ AP) Last August, a few hundred evangelicals packed into the pews at a.
Nostalgia for Eternity: Journeys in Religion, History, and Myth on the Indian Subcontinent by Leonid Plotkin: Review | Freepressjournal : Latest Indian news,Live updates  Free Press JournalThe Mircea Eliade Distinguished *Service* Professor of History of Religions at The University of Chicago, who has taught there since 1978, way before most of us.
Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion  Associated PressJINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the ...
For God and country: is religion still a factor in Maltese politics?  MaltaTodayIt was truly an earthquake that shook Malta in 2011 when a divorce referendum, borne of the revolt of a Nationalist MP, triggered the start of a civil liberties wave.
Facebook's new rules for employees re politics, bullying, religion  Business InsiderAmid scandals and employee discontent, Facebook is bringing in new rules on what its workers can talk about.
'Vacationing' to reconnect with India's Zoroastrian culture  Religion News ServiceA Parsi man offers prayers at a bas-relief of ancient priests at a fire temple on Navroze, the Parsi New Year, in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 17, 2018. Parsis, also ...
Religious Freedom Day  National ReviewSince 1993, the president has formally recognized January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. The day marks the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia ...
Rasta's not a fashion but religion, parent tells court  The Standard[Beverlyne Musili,Standard] The parents of a teenage girl who was suspended for wearing locks to school yesterday went to court to challenge the suspension.
World Religion Day happens this weekend  SooToday.comJoin members of many faith communities to to promote the idea that the spiritual principles underlying the world's religions are harmonious and could play a role ...
Oozing my religion  WORLD News groupA Whirled Views roundup of U.S. religious news and views. Un-great awakening. The spiritual decline of many colleges and universities with religious ...
In Malaysia, is religion truly for God?  Free Malaysia TodayIn this article, I wish to ask those who profess a religion whether they are worshiping God or themselves. In arguing my thesis, I will use my understanding and ...
Evangelicals of Color Fight Back Against the Religious Right  The New YorkerOn a recent Sunday before dawn, Lisa Sharon Harper, a prominent evangelical activist, boarded a train from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Harper is ...
Heathens hold religious services rooted in Norse paganism aboard aircraft carrier  NavyTimes.comThe faith rooted in Norse myths is experiencing a resurgence.
Christians in Asia: persecuted, oppressed … but keeping the faith  South China Morning PostChristianity in Asia is facing its biggest threat since the rise of communism, experts say, but its faithful masses are proving the religion's resilience and enduring ...
‘In God We Trust’ - the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’  The GuardianThe package of new bills are part of Project Blitz, a political playbook that aims to support and promote Christian beliefs.
How Mormons handle doubt: Blame the victim  Religion News ServiceScreen shot of the January 13 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast devotional for young adults, with Elder and Sister Renlund. This week, Elder ...
Religion briefs for Jan. 19  NewsOK.comFiction writers set meeting. EDMOND — Staci Mauney will speak at the OKC Christian Fiction Writers meeting set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Henderson Hills ...
How Jerry Falwell Jr. found his MAGA religion  Washington PostJerry Falwell Jr. is once again spreading his uniquely modern, American version of a business philosophy roughly based on the religion known as Christianity.
The Antichrist Trap: Trump Isn't the Whole Story  Rewire.NewsFar too many of our self-anointed progressive saviors speak as though Trump's overthrow will make everything good again. A bargain-priced plastic surgeon ...
Like Justin and Hailey, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Want a Religious Wedding  Cosmopolitan.comNow that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are engaged, they're planning their wedding and sources say they want it to be a religious ceremony, just ...
Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state  Religion News ServiceATHENS, Greece (RNS) — The government of Greece and the Orthodox Church may be headed for breakup next month under a historic deal negotiated in ...
Elected leaders who weaponize religion are playing a dangerous game | TheHill  The HillFor too long in our country, politicians have weaponized religion for their own selfish gain, fomenting bigotry, fears and suspicions based on the faith, religion or ...
Resolved to unplug? Films, challenges urge the religious to reflect on digital lives  Religion News Service(RNS) — For Humza Deas, Instagram was a place to share his creative work that led to collaborations with Kanye West and major brands. For Kaylyn Slevin, it ...
ISA order against former religious teacher shows Govt's readiness to act against anyone who threatens society: Shanmugam  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - The issuing of an order under the Internal Security Act (ISA) against a formerly accredited religious teacher shows the Government's readiness to ...
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accuses fellow Democrats of ‘religious bigotry’ in questioning judicial nominee  Washington PostRep. Tulsi Gabbard, a potential 2020 White House contender, is accusing some of her fellow Democrats of “religious bigotry” in their questioning of one of ...
Fact Check: Mamata spoke about Muslims, but she also praised other religions at Opposition's mega rally  India TodayIndia Today TV's Fact Check team has found that a part of Mamata Banerjee's speech has been extracted deliberately to spread a false narrative.
Religion isn't important for people but for politicians, says Basant Rath  India TodayIPS officer Basant Kumar Rath on Thursday said that the stonepelters in Jammu and Kashmir are his people and he cannot disown them. While addressing a ...
The Religion of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of Tidying  The Media ProjectThe popular Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has many influences from Shintoism, the native religion of Japan.
Instead Of Outrage, Religion Of Rape Victim Will Be Asked: Mehbooba Mufti  NDTV NewsPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure that the culprits in the rape of ...
No Place for 'Religious Test' in Government, Says Senate in Unanimous Vote  Catholic New YorkThe U.S. Senate late Jan. 16 unanimously adopted a resolution “to reaffirm religious liberty and condemn religious tests for federal officials.”
World Religion Day 2019 Greetings: Twitterati Celebrates Humanity With Warm Messages, Wishes & Harmony  LatestLYIndividuals across the world are observing World Religion Day 2019 today as a celebration of the commonality of the major faiths of the world. It was first initiated ...
'A lesbian romance plus religion plus politics' – Israeli director's film reflects a roller-coaster life  HaaretzTsivia Barkai Yacov speaks with Haaretz about 'Red Cow' and the experiences that shaped her.
Turkey Turks losing trust in religion under AKP  Al-MonitorTurkish society is demonstrably distancing itself from religion in what some scholars see as quiet resistance to its power and privilege under the Islamist ruling ...
New act may not be effective to tackle issues on unity, racial and religious sensitivities: Analyst  The Sun DailyKUALA LUMPUR: The identification and formulation of new acts will not necessarily be effective in tackling issues on unity and racial and religious se...
No Role Of Religion In Government, Says Smriti Irani  NDTV NewsUnion minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani on Friday said that there is no role of religion in government.
Trump and Pence give surprise addresses at antiabortion March for Life  Washington PostPresident Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making ...
Fired state of Iowa worker loses lawsuit over religious accommodation  Des Moines RegisterSIOUX CITY, Ia. — A former state of Iowa worker who had used the words "In Christ" in his work emails has lost his lawsuit against the state. The Sioux City ...
Why I Chose Catholicism Instead of Another Religion, Help for Catholics Living With SSA, and More!  National Catholic RegisterCourage International: A Lifeline for Catholics Living With SSA ☩ Richard G. Evans of Catholic Stand. Promises of Jesus – Off the Shelf 106 with Marge Fenelon ...
When Animal Welfare and Religious Practice Collide  The New York TimesOn New Year's Day, part of Belgium put into effect a ban on the way Muslims and Jews slaughter animals. The law declares that the animals must be stunned ...
Rare autobiography of Muslim slave goes online via Library of Congress  Religion News Service(RNS) — The only known existing autobiography of a slave written in Arabic in America is now freely available to the public online, thanks to the Library of ...

Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

Here?s Help for the ?I Can?t Say ?No? Blues?

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women... Read More

The Rapture, A Coming Event; Part 1

Daniel 2:44-11:35To begin with, what is prophecy? It's the study... Read More

Brief History of Jerusalem; Part 1

Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel.....it is the city... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 1)

The modern historical era of liberal theology basically encompass four... Read More

Pagan Philosophy, Unbelief, and Irrationalism

Biblically speaking, holding philosophical beliefs that contain internally self-refuting contradictions... Read More

Better Worship - 12 Marks of an Effective Music Ministry

Small BeginningsMy first experience in music ministry happened fairly soon... Read More

Are These People Putting You In Danger Of Eternal Hell Fire?

Most people put a lot of effort into being like... Read More

The Need for Biblically Minded Engineers

There is a great need in the world today for... Read More

The Rapture

... Read More

An Open Letter to Pope Benedict

Dear Ratzy,I have a good solution to the clergy abuse... Read More

Dante and Hell

DANTE: - Dante Alighieri is the tour guide of Hell.... Read More

Why do Humans Need a God?

Many have asked why people need a God to cope... Read More

The Study of Saints and Why Its Important

Sainthood?that title given by the Catholic Church that seems to... Read More

The United States of Europe is a Joke!

French & Dutch Reject EU Constitution & British Table It-We... Read More

The Pope Hates Potter ? Both of Them

This month a court in Burlington, Kentucky issued the largest... Read More

Witnesses, Mormons, Masons and More

The founding of the United States went along with the... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 2

Should we be tempted to believe that our system of... Read More

Human Evolution Timeline: Bible Quote and Science

The human evolution timeline is found recorded in Bible quotes... Read More

War in Heaven

This next event, a war in heaven, will not be... Read More

Moslem America Part 2

2 Corinthians 2:6-2:14Moslem America part 2. Behold, the days come,... Read More

Heretical Chinese House Churches

One of the more insightful warnings Christians can receive bears... Read More

Catholic Voters Need to Rethink Morality

If Catholic doctrine calls for the sanctity of all human... Read More

Fruit-Bearing Christians

This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much... Read More

Biblically Speaking of Evil and National Security

We have been learning to think Biblically and speak Scripturally... Read More