The Rapidian


Opera Grand Rapids Stages Don Giovanni

Submitted 10-27-2021 under OPINION

Despite its themes of lechery, betrayal, and damnation, Opera Grand Rapids' production of Don Giovanni proves light and funny.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Who Needs Doctors When You have God?, part 1

Submitted 10-25-2021 under OPINION

Several months ago, Ethics and Religion Talk responded to a question on prayer and healing. One of our readers, John, responded to that column with his own thoughts on the efficacy of medicine, inviting our panel to respond. He wrote:


Ethics and Religion Talk: Cost of Religion

Submitted 10-18-2021 under OPINION

Kathleen asks, “There is clearly a cost of adhering to a religious tradition. The question is how much should the economic cost of following one’s religious beliefs be considered in answering questions of ethics or religion.”


Ethics and Religion Talk: Violence and Religious Proselytization

Submitted 10-11-2021 under OPINION

D. Patel asks, “At a UN World Religion Conference, there was discussion on ‘Religious violence and religious proselytization.’ Do you think stopping the practice of religious proselytization will help reduce religious violence?”


Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Money Solve Marital Problems?

Submitted 10-04-2021 under OPINION

The Bill and Melinda Gates divorce has left many wondering about how often people think their issues will be resolved with money and charity. This couple had both and it wasn't enough to keep them together. I would like to hear the panel's opinions.


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Stages Funny, Aching Musical Once

Submitted 10-01-2021 under OPINION

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Once is a big-hearted show filled with humor, emotion, and powerful music.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Self-Awareness

Submitted 09-27-2021 under OPINION

“How can I grow in self-awareness and help others do the same. So many of our conflicts would lessen if we would all grow in self-awareness.”


Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Have I Miscarried?

Submitted 09-20-2021 under OPINION

Jeff asks for a reaction to the following story: "A young woman has been living with her boyfriend for at least a year.... She conceives. Though they weren't looking to have a child, they knew at some point they would and value the pregnancy. Sadly, she experiences a miscarriage."


Circle Theatre Enters The Age of Aquarius With Hair

Submitted 09-13-2021 under OPINION

Circle Theatre lavishes talent and energy on Hair, resulting in strong individual performances, and a few good songs, but not a coherent story.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Religion can do Horrible Things

Submitted 09-13-2021 under OPINION

Connor asks, “What is the worst thing that has ever been done in the name of your religious tradition?”