ethics

Ethics and Religion: Is Less Religion Better?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-07-2023 under OPINION

According to the Pew Research Center: Depending on whether religious switching (beginning mostly in the late teen years) continues at recent rates, speeds up, or stops entirely, the projections show Christians of all ages shrinking...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Study of Scripture an Obligation in Your Tradition?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-27-2023 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: While studying the scriptures is highly recommended to devotees, it is not required at all. One can be a devoted Hindu in a variety of ways. Many adherents...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it Good to be the Official Religion of a Country?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-20-2023 under OPINION

Some panelists can point to countries where their religion is the “official” one. There, the line between Church and State is a bit more blurred than here in the US. I’m curious if each of you enjoys living in a pluralistic nation...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it Good to be the Official Religion of a Country?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-13-2023 under OPINION

Some panelists can point to countries where their religion is the “official” one. There, the line between Church and State is a bit more blurred than here in the US. I’m curious if each of you enjoys living in a pluralistic nation...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Your Tradition Use Scripture for Preaching, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-06-2023 under OPINION

Last week’s responses were mainly written by people from traditions in which there is a strict cycle for reading and preaching. This week we hear from panelists who have no scriptural cycle or whose traditions or houses of worship have opted...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Your Tradition Use Scripture for Preaching, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-30-2023 under OPINION

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza, the Senior Pastor at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ in Saugatuck/Douglas, responds: Like many Christian churches around the world, our church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, a collection of assigned...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Food Choices an Ethical Issue For You?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-23-2023 under OPINION

Whole Foods recently announced that they would no longer sell Maine Lobster. How do you define "ethical eating?" Do you consider sustainability and care for the environment, treatment of animals, treatment of humans in the supply chain...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do I Have to Return That Annoying Person's Call?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-17-2023 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: People deserve the respect to hear the truth. And there is a way to tell the truth kindly. What they do with the truth they hear is not up to you. But you must have the...

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January 9, 2023 - Ethics and Religion Talk: If My Faith is Right, Does Yours Have to be Wrong?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-09-2023 under OPINION

It is generally understood by people that each religion claims that all other faiths are “wrong,” and thus displeasing to God. Yet it seems that there are “loopholes” that still allow those who believe otherwise some form of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God Care About Rituals?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-02-2023 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: Reformed and Presbyterian Christians believe that God really does care about the worship that we offer to Him. The Second Commandment (“Thou...

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