Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: Why is There Evil?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-12-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Remember the creation story where the serpent tempted Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden? Evil has been present since shortly...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Supervisor is Evil!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-05-2021 under OPINION

Lisa L. asks, “I have just been fired from my job at a small company. I believe in the mission of the company and most of the employees are good people, but my direct supervisor made my life a living hell and I have a stack of emails and other...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Identify the Messiah?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-29-2021 under OPINION

Joseph P. asks, “For Christians, Jesus is the Messiah promised in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.  I was wondering if any other religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc.) are anticipating the appearance of a Messiah...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is “Election Fraud” God’s Will?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-22-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “The truth does not support this statement, ‘pretty strong evidence there was significant...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Husband Wants to Watch Me Have Sex With a Woman!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-15-2021 under OPINION

“Christine” writes: “I am praying for help and answers to keep my marriage. My husband and I have only been married 7 months and he wants me to have sex with a woman and watch. I am more outgoing than he is but am not comfortable...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Animals Have Souls?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-08-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “Christian scripture doesn’t weight in on this directly but indirectly I can deduce that yes, animals will have some sort of afterlife. In the early...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is your religion based on Dogma?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-01-2021 under OPINION

Connor writes, “A word that often is used to describe religious teachings is ‘dogma.’ It's interesting that I tend to hear this word used in a pejorative sense so much of the time, as when someone is described as...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the different between Happiness and Joy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-22-2021 under OPINION

Janet H. asks, “The recent column on happiness/unhappiness prompts a further question: Is it happiness humans need, or is it joy? Happiness is fleeting, episodic, emotional.  Joy on the other hand is an internal baseline which can coexist...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Wisdom Literature?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-16-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “This question is at the very heart of understanding Unitarian Universalism. We are a faith that draws...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Our Role in God's Plan?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-08-2021 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: Have a question that invites responses from our interfaith panel of clergy? Come across an ethical dilemma lately? Ethics and Religion Talk needs your questions! Send them to me at [email protected] The Rev....

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