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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Religion Spread?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-06-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “When someone thinks of a Hindu they often visualize an Indian. And for the most part they are correct.  The reason that Hinduism is not as...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are those who took own life resurrected?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-29-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “The Universalist part of our faith believes in universal salvation, no one would ever be denied...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the place of Religious Institutions in Society?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-22-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism teaches that ‘the visible church … consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Which Religion is the most correct?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-15-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “Well, in reality how would anyone really know? I can say that there is a built-in humility in Hinduism (but by no means are all Hindus humble!) that...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Atonement Work?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-08-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “We must own our mistakes without excuses. We need to offer an apology to those we have harmed. We...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can we have both Justice and Peace?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-01-2020 under OPINION

My tradition teaches, Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue!” Police officers who violate the boundaries of their training when using deadly force and cause injury or death should be prosecuted. Former police...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: The Morality of Politics

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-25-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: "Yes, I believe the ideology that expresses the most compassion for others takes the moral high ground...

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When will the COVID-19 pandemic disappear?

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 05-25-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Aly Mageed, M.D., Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital To say that our lives have dramatically changed over the last few months is an understatement. Globally, we currently have more than 4.3 million people infected with the virus and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Celebrating our 400th column!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-18-2020 under OPINION

This column is the 400th appearance of Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press since we began on July 31, 2012, almost eight years ago. My initial vision, when creating the column, was to model a kind of respectful interfaith dialogue, in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God's Role to be Fearsome or Loving?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-11-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “Yes, God is a divine power to be feared, a holy Being, and a loving creator. Most people believe all, or some, of these descriptions about God. But people have a harder...

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