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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Your Tradition Opposed to Discrimination?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-28-2022 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: Yes. it is a violation. I lean on the Biblical mandate: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” as well as Jesus welcoming example toward the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Ethicists Ethical?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-21-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk is seeking new members of the panel of clergy. We prefer individuals who serve congregations, but will consider those with administrative or academic positions. Applicants should have strong writing skills and be willing to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Responding to Ethical Questions

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-14-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk is seeking new members of the panel of clergy. We prefer individuals who serve congregations, but will consider those with administrative or academic positions. Applicants should have strong writing skills and be willing to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Being a Respectful Visitor

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-07-2022 under OPINION

“I have a curiosity about other religions and have thought about visiting various houses of worship. My concern is that while it may be a sign of respect to participate in whatever rituals and prayers are offered, I don’t want to perform...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: The Ethics of Pain Management

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-31-2022 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “There are no restrictions in the use of pain medications in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In fact, I and most of my clergy colleagues will tell you that God...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Your Clergy Study Philosophy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-12-2022 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “By all means. I would not have been ordained if I was not well schooled in philosophy. But I want to make one thing clear. Often, when westerners use...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Belief in an Afterlife Waning?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-03-2022 under OPINION

After studying the history of religion in the West I’ve concluded that several hundred years ago people were much more focused on the afterlife. It seems today that there is less concern about that and more emphasis on leading a moral,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: My Boyfriend's Ex Has Herpes!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-27-2022 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “This question stupefies me! The freedom with which individuals share themselves most intimately is troublesome. Further, the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do I Convert to Your Faith?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-19-2022 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “ ‘Conversion’ is a word with more than one meaning. There is the divine activity of the Holy Spirit in regeneration, as He works...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Do Clergy Do on Retreats?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-12-2022 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Before the outbreak of COVID-19, my Dominican Province hosted a retreat for those of us who wished to attend. So, yes, I have...

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