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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the role of clergy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under OPINION

Michele L. wrote the Ethics and Religion Talk panel at [email protected] to ask: “I understand that everyone on this panel is referred to as ‘clergy.’ I know this is a catch phrase for religious leaders. But I'm...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What happens to a Secular Humanist Part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-12-2018 under OPINION

This week, we have a second set of responses to the question that Jim V. from Newego wrote to the Ethics and Religion Talk panel at [email protected], asking: “Does a secular humanist who follows his or her heart and lives in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What happens to a Secular Humanist who lives by the Golden Rule?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-30-2018 under OPINION

Jim V. from Newego writes, Does a secular humanist who follows his or her heart and lives in general by the ‘Golden Rule’ have a chance of seeing Heaven, Paradise, gaining eternal life, etc., without the aid or direction of a Holy Book,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is sex in virtual reality cheating? Part 3

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-22-2018 under OPINION

James F. wrote to Ethics and Religion Talk: “I read with interest your recent column regarding whether Virtual Reality pornography is ‘cheating.’ I assumed the respondents were talking about someone in a committed relationship,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: The case for "NO TALKING" at movies!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-16-2018 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Welcome to the age of the smart phone! We are being schooled in ‘the social media imperative.’ What we think, feel, eat, wear, or...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it ethical to 'spend down' to qualify for Medicaid?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-08-2018 under OPINION

Should a religious tradition be able to address any and all questions of modern life? Several times in the past months, I have sent out questions to the panel and received responses suggesting that such a question not well-suited for a column on...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the issue of purity important to your faith?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-02-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Purity is not a concept found in Unitarian Universalism therefore it holds little to no importance....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should a child have three parents?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-27-2017 under OPINION

It raises a number of ethical questions, including whether the government should sanction the creation of genetically-modified humans. Several prominent critics who oppose any human testing of the approach, arguing that it could be a slippery slope...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is sex in virtual reality cheating? Part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-18-2017 under OPINION

Ty Silzer, a former pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, responds: “For me, this is pretty simple ‘no,’ but let me share a few stories, and circle back to God and scripture. “I was watching a show sometime in the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is sex in virtual reality cheating? Part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-11-2017 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith. At our core, as a faith community is our promise to journey...

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