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Ethics and Religion Talk - Father's Responsibility

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-30-2020 under OPINION

Janet asks, “I see many faith-based groups focus on restricting abortions and addressing the women in the cases of unwanted pregnancies. But I see none of these groups addressing the problem of men not taking responsibility -- and not...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Exposé on Adultery

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-23-2020 under OPINION

From Harry, in Sydney, Australia (we have readers around the world!): “A good friend who is also a talented and award winning journalist has, in an article, exposed the extra marital affairs of a politician. This person cheated on his wife (...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - What is the Meaning of My Soul, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-16-2020 under OPINION

Note: This is part two of a two part look at how traditions represented by the Ethics and Religion Talk panel understand at the soul. Read part one. Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - What is the Meaning of My Soul, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-09-2020 under OPINION

Note: This is part one of a two part look at how traditions represented by the Ethics and Religion Talk panel understand at the soul. Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “Soul stands...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do non-Catholics and non-Christians have Sacraments?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-02-2020 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: Normally, I present the responses by the panelists without comment. Today’s question is an exception because of the very precise meaning of sacrament within Christianity. The Rev. Knieriemen explains it clearly and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How do you Respond to Racism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-26-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “I am a Hispanic American who pastors a 100% white congregation and I have never experienced racism in my congregation. The love, respect, and care that I...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When does Journalism become 'Evil Speech?'

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-19-2020 under OPINION

In Judaism, lashon hara, gossip (literally, evil speech), is roughly defined as any speech, true or false, which damages somebody’s reputation. In general, such speech is prohibited, unless it serves the larger purpose of protecting or saving...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Dietary Restrictions

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-12-2020 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “Wine was a staple beverage in the ancient world. Jesus consumed wine, in fact at the wedding of Cana turned water into wine! If Christians want to live like...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Old is the World?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-05-2020 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “There is no reason for religion and science to be in opposition. When I lived in Rome, Italy, I would give tours of Saint...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Converting Hate Against LGBTQ into Love

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-29-2020 under OPINION

Chris writes: “I speak as a Christian from my own perspective: “I am troubled that in most, even all, Christian denominations there remains a residue of ministers -- men and women who have dedicated themselves to God -- who, in their...

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