The Rapidian



Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God the "Grand Puppeteer?", part 1

Submitted 12-20-2021 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “If God is all-powerful, does that mean that He/She is the “Grand Puppeteer” and brought this pandemic upon us? If so, then why? Or as some say, God doesn’t bring bad things upon us, but allows bad things to just...

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The Loss of Parents

Submitted 12-15-2021 under OPINION

My parents passed away in the early days of this year - my mom from cancer and six weeks later, my dad from a (broken) heart condition. They had just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary days before my mom’s death, living for the majority...

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Staying Informed on Your City: A Beginner's Guide

Submitted 12-14-2021 under OPINION

If you’re anything like me, you’re a person that likes to pay attention to the news. Although, this becomes a challenge when you consider the seemingly endless amount of stories and outlets that are begging for your attention. As a...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Require a Certain Set of Beliefs?

Submitted 12-13-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, responds: When people join Plymouth Church, each commit to following Jesus as the Center of our lives. What follows is a life lived by the ethic of LOVE. We commit to regular worship and education. We...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do We Solve the Problem of Violence?

Submitted 12-06-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “Violence and corruption will always be a part of this created world. Always have been, always will. Humans have free will, are prone to selfishness, and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do we Need Blue Roses?

Submitted 11-30-2021 under OPINION

Should we be creating blue roses? Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “One need not look further than Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si. Pope Francis very...

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Stages The Sound Of Music

Submitted 11-24-2021 under OPINION

"I don't want to be thought of as wholesome," Julie Andrews once said but it was too late. Mary Poppins (1964) instantly established her as a model of wholesomeness, and, a year later, The Sound of Music settled the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: This Thanksgiving, What are You Grateful For?

Submitted 11-22-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: I am most grateful for scientists and public health officials who demonstrate a strong desire to respect human life as we struggle...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Monkey-Human Hybrid Embryos Kosher?

Submitted 11-17-2021 under OPINION

Colleen writes: “For the first time, U.S. and Chinese scientists have created embryos that are part human, part monkey, in an effort to find new ways to produce organs for transplants. As a faith leader what are the ethical concerns based on...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Tolerance Demand Moral Relativism?

Submitted 11-08-2021 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “I believe the questioner is referring to what we call ‘moral relativity.’ If that is the case, I see both a positive and negative side to...

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