The Rapidian



Ethics and Religion Talk: Where does Mortality Come From?

Submitted 03-16-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: The sacred Hindu writ, the Vedas, say that when the Primal Unique (God) expanded from transcendence into the spacial-temporal universe. It produced ‘...

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Rethinking youth drug education

Submitted 03-12-2020 under OPINION

During my freshman year, my health class spent multiple weeks learning about lots of different drugs and that information ended helping me out more than I thought it would. One of my best friends at the time had been acting differently for a few...

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Still Scary After All These Years: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Broadway Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-12-2020 under OPINION

Let's be honest: Charlie might be in the title, but it's Willy Wonka that we love. Sure, he's a little crazy, maybe a lot crazy, and he could stand to be more responsible, in the sense that he doesn't appear to care much if the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Understand and Practice Evangelism?

Submitted 03-09-2020 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “For those of us who are Catholic the phrase we have been hearing since Pope Saint John Paul II was alive is the ‘...

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Together We Are Safe questions AmplifyGR's commitment to true community ownership

Submitted 03-04-2020 under OPINION

City planning has the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.  Jane Jacobs, 1960s activist against gentrification We at Together We Are Safe recognize that we are currently...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is God?

Submitted 03-02-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “From a Unitarian Universalist perspective there would be many answers to this question. Each...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Medical Intervention Subvert God's Will?

Submitted 02-24-2020 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “God has Absolute Knowledge and Absolute Authority of power over everything. He has created life and death to determine who does righteous deeds. No...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Conversion Work?

Submitted 02-18-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism holds that the church is a ‘voluntary society.’ No one may be compelled to join it, and no one should be...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can You Define Interfaith Dialogue?, part 2

Submitted 02-10-2020 under OPINION

A reader of Ethics and Religion Talk asks, “What does it look like to engage in multi- or interfaith dialogue?” Several weeks ago we shared a presented three panelists’ answers to this question. This week, we conclude with four...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Weren't We Created Perfect?

Submitted 02-03-2020 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “God made [the human being] the best from all creation, perfect with best of the physique and bestowed him with positive and negative...

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