Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working
People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?
Who will President Joe Biden listen to on faith matters?
(RNS) — The nation’s second Catholic president is likely to bring a more restrained, interfaith approach to his faith-based politics than his predecessor.
Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’
(RNS) — Living one’s spiritual life online leaves these leaders more vulnerable to the huge cost of leaving one’s faith.
Faith groups mount election turnout efforts that could help both parties
(RNS) — This year’s heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to galvanize supporters and move the political needle.
Brian McLaren, others apologize to Native Americans in video series
(RNS) The last of the three ‘Confessions of a Christian Nation’ videos apologizes for the church’s role in oppressing Native Americans.
Conservative and progressive US evangelicals head for divorce
Conservative and progressive evangelicals need to let each other go, acknowledging that they have become two separate religious communities.
Diana Butler Bass grounds herself in nature and finds God
(RNS) Her latest book, “Grounded: Finding God in the World, a Spiritual Revolution,” champions a return to nature and an embrace of hospitality. It also begs a frequent question, “Where is God?”
Quiet time: It’s not just for conservative Christians anymore
A new anti-devotional devotional features voices from across the religious spectrum and offers something to challenge, encourage, and royally piss off just about everyone.
Tackling the Bible with Brian McLaren: “We Make the Road by Walking”
Why are there contradictions in the Bible? Why does the God of the Old Testament seem so different than the God of the New? “In science, better theories with more explanatory power eventually triumph over less effective theories,” says Emergent theologian Brian McLaren. “I think we have something very similar in the Bible.”
Newest ‘Values Voters’ adversary to America: The Emergent Church.
(RNS) “If we had one one-thousandth of the adherence of either of communism or Islam, we’d be doing pretty well,” said Emergent Church leader Tony Jones. “When I first saw this, I thought it was a headline from The Onion.”
Mormon Writer Phyllis Barber on “Searching for Spirit”
In this lovely guest post, Mormon memoirist Phyllis Barber recounts a lifetime spent searching for the places the Spirit resides, though she notes she is a “mere beginner in the ancient business of seeking Spirit and the Divine.” Not content to file answers in the “I Know” box, she finds illumination and glimpses of the holy in unexpected ways.