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Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: What is a Religious Lifestyle?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-18-2019 under OPINION

Jim A. writes: While sitting in church this week I pondered the thought, what does it mean to live a Christian lifestyle as my wife and I consider we do? My following thought was how would this be different from living a Jewish lifestyle, a Muslim...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is There a Stigma about Dying?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-11-2019 under OPINION

Two weeks ago, I shared the Christian responses. This week, I’m sharing the Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, and Unitarian responses. The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Should I Do for Lent?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-04-2019 under OPINION

Editor’s note: Part two of the responses to the question on the stigma of dying will appear next week, so we can answer this question about Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, this coming March 6. For those unfamiliar with Lent, it is a...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is There a Stigma about Dying?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-25-2019 under OPINION

This week, I’ll share the Christian responses. Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church, responds: “Orthodox Christians do not believe that God...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How are Evil People Punished in Hell?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-19-2019 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “There is no concept of punishment in Unitarian Universalism while you are living or after your death...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is polygamy really against God's Word?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-12-2019 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “The successful person is who purifies life, surrenders to Will of the Creator and glorifies Him through obedience to His commandments. Such best...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is drug abuse a moral problem?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-12-2019 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “Drug abuse is definitely connected to a moral problem. It is a selfish way to find relief from: anxiety, depression, loneliness, insecurity, pain, etc—without...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Should Your Death Look Like?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-28-2019 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “In Unitarian Universalism a person can have a great deal of influence over how their death can occur...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How do you know that the immortal soul exists?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-22-2019 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “There are many things in life that can not be heard or seen: Love, hate, greed, sadness, joy, worry, etc, etc. God created us with an invisible soul which is where all...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: DNA Privacy and Misuse of Information

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-14-2019 under OPINION

A recent NPR story raises questions of DNA privacy. “The police currently [are] using [searches of public DNA databases] to find ... [murderers] and bad people. But are we OK with using this technique to identify people in a political...

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