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Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk - Elder Sex Before Marriage

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-16-2019 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “Having sex before getting married is not matter of being in late fifties or divorcee. It depends upon their faith category, cultural discipline and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the Secret of Happiness

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-09-2019 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: "Everyone is in search of happiness and many people are looking for it in success, money, power, addiction, sex or indulgence. But none of these can truly satisfy us in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should We be Abolitionists Today?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-03-2019 under OPINION

[Note: Abolitionists are people who try to dismantle the institutions, such as the criminal justice system, that benefit from modern day slavery.] The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a...

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Ethics and Religion talk - Welcoming LGBTQ II

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-26-2019 under OPINION

Along the same line, Carol H. asks: I was a member of the UMC. In the “rulebook” it states both that all people are of sacred worth and the practice of homosexuality is not compatible with scripture. Is that saying a person can be gay as...

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Ethics and Religion talk - Welcoming LGBTQ I

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-19-2019 under OPINION

Along the same line, Carol H. asks...I was a member of the UMC. In the same "rulebook" it states both that all people are of sacred worth and the practice of homosexuality is not compatible with scripture. Is that saying a person can be...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Feel about Interfaith [Romantic] Relationships

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-12-2019 under OPINION

Note: In the previous column, four of the Ethics and Religion Talk panelists discussed this question as it relations to interfaith social relationships and friendships. This week, three panelists respond to the question’s implications for...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Feel about Interfaith [Social] Relationships

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-05-2019 under OPINION

Note: In this column, four of the Ethics and Religion Talk panelists discuss this question as it relates to interfaith social relationships and friendships. Next week, three panelists will respond to the question’s implications for romantic...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Was Jesus a Communist?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-28-2019 under OPINION

Tanner S writes, “I've always been fascinated by the parallels between the teachings of Jesus Christ and Communism. The allegory of the good Samaritan, loaves and fishes, and the beating of bankers comes to mind, as do the frequent tirades...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Accepting and Questioning One's Religion of Origin

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-22-2019 under OPINION

Ty Silzer, a former pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, responds: “I heard a comedian who lost his faith refer to it like this (I paraphrase): ‘I had all these beliefs. They were like pieces of furniture that had been placed in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Sabbath Practices

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-15-2019 under OPINION

[Note: I have a lot to say about Sabbath observance, but due to space constraints, will have to wait for another opportunity.] Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “As it stands, there is...

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