Tag: Christianity


New Habits, Cultural Shifts and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Today, these fascinating interviews and essays cover incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah, the tattooed minister forging her own path, the random events triggering vast cultural shifts, the longtime habits we wish we could break, the prescient films of Fritz Lang… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. On Top of the World “The show will be a representation of my interests, and the......

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Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston

About ten days ago, I traveled to Charleston to hold hands and hearts, to listen and learn, to comfort and console. I am still trying to metabolize the profound sacred mixture of anger, sadness, forgiveness, wisdom and grace I experienced. My tradition teaches that immediately after a loved one dies there is no work to be done and no meaning to be made. Rather, with exquisite attention and intention, we honor the dead by exclusively focusing on every last detail of the funeral and burial. Now, in Charleston, S.C., almost two weeks......

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No Ordinary Book About Faith

I recently read a book that I’m delighted to share with The Wisdom Daily community, called Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News, by Jennifer D. Crumpton. Let’s take a closer look at what the good reverend has written. Yes, I said reverend, but that shouldn’t scare anyone off; this is no ordinary book about religion. In fact, the book isn’t about religion, at least not as religion is often (mis)understood. And it’s certainly not limited to young women, or to those who consider themselves Christian, or Christian-curious. So who......

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Entrepreneurs, Jurors and 'Nones': Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (May 11 – May 15), we discussed?the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber, the new Pew survey documenting an increase among Americans who don’t affiliate with a religion, the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship and its power to accelerate problem-solving, and the search for explanations after another Amtrak derailment. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Should the Boston Bomber Be Executed? – Brad Hirschfield The defense has rested, and now 12 people will decide whether to send the......

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A Turning Point for Faith in America?

Across the U.S., people are talking about the latest in religious news: According to research, numbers keep trending down among the most popular sects of institutional Christianity in America. Many wonder what this means about the role of faith in our communities and our private lives. While I believe atheism is not on the rise, and interest among individuals who seek spiritual fulfillment remains as vibrant as ever, the upshot is this: “If you believe in tradition, figure out how to use it in new and creative ways.” Watch my recent appearance......

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New Research: Christianity on Decline

The trend continues: According to a large survey conducted last year by Pew Research, Christianity is on the decline in America across every race, gender, age, education level and geographic region. The percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years (2007-2014) to about 71 percent. At the same time, as reported in Pew’s survey results, the share of those who are not affiliated with a religion has jumped from 16 percent to about 23 percent, with millennials becoming even less affiliated with......

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Freedom of Religion: What Does It Mean?

What does religious freedom mean to you? Is it fundamentally about presence, or absence? Let me explain what I mean. Although countless Americans claim to believe in religious freedom, we clearly don’t share a common understanding of what that principle means – as the ongoing disputes, including legal battles in Indiana and Alabama, from pizza shops to florists, demonstrate. The fact that “religious freedom” is difficult to define is not necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to really big, really important principles, the possibility of multiple interpretations and diverse opinions actually......

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Video: Genocide, Religious Warfare or A Third Option

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Christians are increasingly at threat of ethnic cleansing throughout the Middle East and North Africa. How do we talk about that real possibility without turning this war into a religious war? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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Why America Should Celebrate Both Its Secularist and Its Religious Roots

As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.? And now people entering the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, FL will be able to have a gander at both a monument featuring the Ten Commandments and another one which will feature quotes celebrating secularism as well.? And why not? Having lost the battle to have the original monument to the Ten Commandments removed, the national organization, American Atheists, has decided that it will simply erect an additional monument – one which celebrates its animating ideology.? The......

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