The Rapidian

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

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?

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?

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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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does My Car Insurance Cover STDs?

Submitted 09-06-2022 under OPINION

Question: If the driver's behavior causes bodily harm to a passenger should the insurance company be on the hook for the damages? She is suing his auto insurance company because she got a sexually transmitted disease while in his car. The auto...

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Tuesdays With Morrie Reveals, Conceals

Submitted 09-06-2022 under OPINION

Twenty-five years ago, Tuesdays With Morrie was published. Its author, Mitch Albom, had written it to pay for a dying friend’s medical bills. Beyond that, he had modest hopes. He would later joke that he envisioned himself selling copies out...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Theology be Fear-based?

Submitted 08-29-2022 under OPINION

It is often agreed by both therapists and clergy that a large number of people grow up in homes and congregations where fear is the dominant factor in theology. This has emotionally and spiritually damaged many. I’m curious if the members of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Cemeteries Honor the Saltier Qualities of the Deceased?

Submitted 08-23-2022 under OPINION

The Ethics and Religion Talk column is looking for your questions! Want to challenge or question our panel of clergy, representing 10 different denominations and traditions? Have you struggled with an ethical dilemma at work, in your family, or in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Sex, Violence, and Hollywood, part 2

Submitted 08-15-2022 under OPINION

Over the years, Hollywood has gotten more and more explicit in displaying nudity, sexual situations and violence. I am curious about how the clergy members on this panel choose which content they will view, especially on the various streaming...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Orthodoxy - Do you have an obligation to straighten someone's beliefs?

Submitted 08-08-2022 under OPINION

If a member of your flock approaches you with an honest admission that he or she no longer believes in a core doctrine of your religion (afterlife, the idea of God, salvation, etc.), would you consider it your duty to bring this person back into the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Sex, Violence, and Hollywood, part 1

Submitted 08-01-2022 under OPINION

Over the years, Hollywood has gotten more and more explicit in displaying nudity, sexual situations and violence. I am curious about how the clergy members on this panel choose which content they will view, especially on the various streaming...

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