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June 30, 2015

Terror in Paradise

By:Richard Handler

Imagine being wary when you see the signs of religion sweeping over your son or daughter. And you fear it might be a sign of worse things to come. Imagine fearing that your child might kill for your God or your co-religionists. What had been the source of consolation, your faith, has now become a worry. Your child prays but prayer itself now becomes suspicious, a harbinger of terror. Read More
June 24, 2015

Erbil, Iraq: A Mirage in the Desert

By:Molly Thomas

Erbil, Iraq could be confused with many major metropolitan centres. But the calm and collected scenery doesn't reveal the nearly 3 million people that are internally displaced across Iraq because of ISIS. Read More
June 22, 2015

Why Have We Forgiven the Charleston Shooter?

By:Richard Handler

It’s remarkable to me that these wounded Christians ask for forgiveness rather than cry for vengeance and shout curses at the heavens. God, in his august inscrutability, can “forgive” Dylann Roof. But should the rest of us? Read More
June 16, 2015

Loving Your Enemy?

By:Richard Handler

It’s easy to love those who are regretful and thoughtful. But what of those who on a day-to-day basis, conduct themselves as brutes and murderers? Read More
June 11, 2015

My Sin is Better than Your Sin

By:Patrick Erskine

The public struggle of others helps us feel better about our own private sin, but who among us can stand blameless when all of our struggles are laid out for the world to see? Read More
June 9, 2015

The Meeders Come Home

By:Rose Meeder

I am truly grateful for this rich and amazing experience for our family. Our time was intentional and I feel as though we really made the most of such an incredible opportunity. What did we learn? What did I learn? Well, among other things, our family learned a lot about belonging. Read More
June 2, 2015

Rejoice Ye Agnostics!

By:Richard Handler

I represent a plurality of Canadian voters. (How did an outlier like me find himself so unbelievably popular?) For religious believers, the numbers get even worse. Read More
June 1, 2015

The Bible: The Most Compelling Piece of Creative Non-Fiction I Have Ever Read

By:Carolyn Weber

As the revealed word of God, the Bible occupies a singular place among all written words – perhaps, even, an ultimately indefinable, yes, holy place. And yet without knowing the Bible, I believe not only can we not know ourselves and our God, but we cannot know our heritage as humans, let alone most of our literary history as a civilized world. Read More
May 26, 2015

Are Human Beings Obsolete?

By:Richard Handler

Humans are finite and fallible—they make mistakes. But artificial intelligence and robotic devices will turn our modest little selves into pure, steely data. In this new world of trans-humanism, robots and robotic humans can be programmed to perfection, incarnate bodies made of meat and machinery. Read More
May 19, 2015

Is God Funny?

By:Richard Handler

In comedy, opposites starkly clash. The improbable becomes outrageous. In this way, comedy and religion share a set of core attributes: They both upend the world of accepted experience. When you laugh, you see things anew. Read More

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