Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: Where does Mortality Come From?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-16-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: The sacred Hindu writ, the Vedas, say that when the Primal Unique (God) expanded from transcendence into the spacial-temporal universe. It produced ‘...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Understand and Practice Evangelism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-09-2020 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “For those of us who are Catholic the phrase we have been hearing since Pope Saint John Paul II was alive is the ‘...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is God?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-02-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “From a Unitarian Universalist perspective there would be many answers to this question. Each...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Medical Intervention Subvert God's Will?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-24-2020 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “God has Absolute Knowledge and Absolute Authority of power over everything. He has created life and death to determine who does righteous deeds. No...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Conversion Work?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-18-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism holds that the church is a ‘voluntary society.’ No one may be compelled to join it, and no one should be...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can You Define Interfaith Dialogue?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-10-2020 under OPINION

A reader of Ethics and Religion Talk asks, “What does it look like to engage in multi- or interfaith dialogue?” Several weeks ago we shared a presented three panelists’ answers to this question. This week, we conclude with four...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Weren't We Created Perfect?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-03-2020 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “God made [the human being] the best from all creation, perfect with best of the physique and bestowed him with positive and negative...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Advice Do People Ask You For?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-27-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “Underneath every problem that people seek advice for, is the question: Am I okay and am I accepted? I love my job! I get to tell people the good news that yes, they are...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can You Define Interfaith Dialogue?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-21-2020 under OPINION

A reader of Ethics and Religion Talk asks, “What does it look like to engage in multi- or interfaith dialogue?” [Note from Rabbi Krishef: We are fortunate to have the Kaufman Interfaith Institute housed at Grand Valley State University,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can a Christian engage in "Swinging?"

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-13-2020 under OPINION

Lately, Ethics and Religion Talk has received a number of questions about sexual practices. Bring it on! We’ll tackle the most difficult of questions! Contact us as [email protected] JM writes, “I’m married to a man...

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