The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: What Makes Music a Universal Language?

Submitted 05-23-2022 under OPINION

A student of one of our panelists, Fred Stella, asks: I’m curious as to why music seems to be universal in religious worship. To the best of my knowledge, there is no religion that does not utilize it in some fashion. I realize this might be speculation, but I’d welcome any thoughts on the subject.


God Put Guiding Light in my Path: Jeremy Marks Five Years of Sobriety

Submitted 05-23-2022 under NONPROFITS

“I remember showing up at Guiding Light, seeing the big cross and thinking ‘I’m in the wrong place,’” Jeremy says. “I’m a sinner. I’ve done a lot of bad things. I’ve hurt people through my actions. I thought I was beyond redemption. God put Guiding Light in my path at the right time."


The Return of Absurdism

Submitted 05-20-2022 under OPINION


Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Monotheism?

Submitted 05-16-2022 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “Christianity has the trinity, Jewish mysticism has 10 emanations of the infinite God, Hindu has I don't know how many representations of Brahman. Given this, how do you understand the nature of monotheism?”


Living and Learning Than No Man is an Island

Submitted 05-11-2022 under NONPROFITS

Dennys is 27 years old and came through the doors of Guiding Light in November of 2021. “The advice I would give others facing addiction is to admit you can’t do it on your own, and to trust others who have gone through it."


Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Can't I Sell Parts of My Body?

Submitted 05-09-2022 under OPINION

It's not legal in the USA to sell most body parts. You can, however, sell hair, blood plasma, sperm, and eggs? It's my body. Why can't I sell parts of it if I want to?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Do I Tell My Friend That Her Husband is on Tinder?

Submitted 05-02-2022 under OPINION

Anna F. asks, “I saw my friend’s husband’s profile on a dating site (Tinder). Do I have an obligation to tell my friend?”


Root Causes and Long-term Solutions: An Interview with Alaina Dobkowski from Access of West Michigan

Submitted 04-28-2022 under NONPROFITS

The Kent County Food Policy Council interviews Alaina Dobkowski about Access of West Michigan's 2022 Walk for Good Food and "hunger" in West Michigan


Ethics and Religion Talk - What If There Were No first Amendment?

Submitted 04-19-2022 under OPINION

If there was no first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech and your religious tradition was in charge of the country, what laws, if any, would you pass restricting different kinds of speech?


Ethics and Religion Talk: 500th Column: Florida Man vs. Tiger!

Submitted 04-18-2022 under OPINION

A member of a cleaning crew put his arm into the tiger enclosure, apparently either to pet or to feed the tiger. The tiger grabbed his harm. A sheriff’s deputy, responding to the scene, was unable to get the tiger to release the man and therefore shot the tiger to save the man’s life.