ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: Has Religion Supported Racism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-09-2021 under OPINION

Victoria posed a most interesting question due to its ambiguity: “How do you think organized religion has advanced racism in today's society?” It was not clear to me whether she was asking how religion has been a...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do about Negative Nancys and Downer Daves?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-02-2021 under OPINION

“SN” asks, “I have a friend who often comes to our happy hour group but the minute this person comes the whole mood changes. He is very negative and everything he talks about is about the people who are trying to take advantage of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is special about a Place of Worship?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-26-2021 under OPINION

Dahyabhai is curious about the places where a community worships. “What is the importance of a special house of worship? Is a house of worship mandatory? What are rules and requirements for someone to be allowed to enter a place of worship in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is special about a Place of Worship?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-19-2021 under OPINION

Dahyabhai is curious about the places where a community worships. “What is the importance of a special house of worship? Is a house of worship mandatory? What are rules and requirements for someone to be allowed to enter a place of worship in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Farewell, Grand Rapids Press!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-12-2021 under OPINION

The first week of August will be the 10th anniversary of this column. Sadly, this week is the final appearance of Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press. Due to retirements and resignations, they no longer have the staff to continue...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: May Same Sex Couples Adopt Children?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-06-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Let me make myself clear. The Church teachings, Pope Francis, and the Bishops of the United States agree regarding people who have...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Does Religion Say About Respecting the American Flag?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-23-2021 under OPINION

The Ethics and Religion panel wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. This week, we respond to a question raised by a general discussion on Facebook. You can submit your own questions of ethics and religion by emailing...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: More Senior Intimacy Questions

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-21-2021 under OPINION

Lately, I’ve been getting questions at least monthly, almost weekly, about unmarried seniors having sex. I don’t know if there are a whole lot of active seniors out there or if we’re being pranked by a someone or someones with a...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Purchasing Insurance Show a Lack of Faith?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-14-2021 under OPINION

Ray asks, “Should Christians purchase insurance on life, home, or health, or commit himself, his loved ones, and his worldly goods, entirely to the providence of God?  (For a long time certain groups of pietists such as the Amish and the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Whose Truth is Truth?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-07-2021 under OPINION

Read Part 1 The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, writes: “There are many people today who would advocate for making room for: my truth, your truth, and everyone else's truth. Many of these people would also...

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