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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is a Legitimate Religious Practice?

Submitted 03-21-2023 under OPINION

Does the idea that human beings are created in the image of God gives us the divine ability to create and destroy the world around us?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Secular Law be Based on Religious Law?

Submitted 03-13-2023 under OPINION

Reader Jason A-O asks: Is it ethical to pass laws in the U.S. that are based on a particular religion's rules/dogma? For example: laws that forbid the sale of alcohol on Sundays or laws that prohibit abortion under all circumstances or permit it under very limited circumstances.

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Ethics and Religion: Is Less Religion Better?

Submitted 03-07-2023 under OPINION

Is it possible that less “religion” in the U.S. could result in a better society? If no, and assuming the trend continues, then how do you think society will be different?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Study of Scripture an Obligation in Your Tradition?

Submitted 02-27-2023 under OPINION

Is study of sacred text a religious obligation? If so, why? If it is to deepen your faith, why are there so many Bible stories about people abusing and deceiving others and God? If it is to deepen your practice, what's the point of studying a passage referring to things we no longer do?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it Good to be the Official Religion of a Country?, part 2

Submitted 02-20-2023 under OPINION

I’m curious if each of you enjoys living in a pluralistic nation, as opposed to somewhere that has not only a majority of your co-religionists, but also favors your faith above others.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it Good to be the Official Religion of a Country?, part 1

Submitted 02-13-2023 under OPINION

I’m curious if each of you enjoys living in a pluralistic nation, as opposed to somewhere that has not only a majority of your co-religionists, but also favors your faith above others.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Your Tradition Use Scripture for Preaching, part 2

Submitted 02-06-2023 under OPINION

Do you have a cycle of scriptural readings? Do you base sermons on passages from the cycle, or do you choose the scriptural readings based on the lessons you have decided to teach in your sermon?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Your Tradition Use Scripture for Preaching, part 1

Submitted 01-30-2023 under OPINION

Do you have a cycle of scriptural readings? Do you base sermons on passages from the cycle, or do you choose the scriptural readings based on the lessons you have decided to teach in your sermon?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Food Choices an Ethical Issue For You?

Submitted 01-23-2023 under OPINION

Whole Foods recently announced that they would no longer sell Maine Lobster. How do you define "ethical eating?" Do you consider sustainability and care for the environment, treatment of animals, treatment of humans in the supply chain? Are there things you will not eat for ethical reasons?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do I Have to Return That Annoying Person's Call?

Submitted 01-17-2023 under OPINION

Somebody calls you. You don't want to call them back because they have a history of being abusive, asking annoying questions, or keeping you on the phone too long. How do you handle it?

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