The Rapidian

Spirituality

Ethics and Religion Talk: What Makes Music a Universal Language?

Submitted 05-23-2022 under OPINION

A student of one of our panelists, Fred Stella, asks: I’m curious as to why music seems to be universal in religious worship. To the best of my knowledge, there is no religion that does not utilize it in some fashion. I realize this might be speculation, but I’d welcome any thoughts on the subject.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Monotheism?

Submitted 05-16-2022 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “Christianity has the trinity, Jewish mysticism has 10 emanations of the infinite God, Hindu has I don't know how many representations of Brahman. Given this, how do you understand the nature of monotheism?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Can't I Sell Parts of My Body?

Submitted 05-09-2022 under OPINION

It's not legal in the USA to sell most body parts. You can, however, sell hair, blood plasma, sperm, and eggs? It's my body. Why can't I sell parts of it if I want to?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do I Tell My Friend That Her Husband is on Tinder?

Submitted 05-02-2022 under OPINION

Anna F. asks, “I saw my friend’s husband’s profile on a dating site (Tinder). Do I have an obligation to tell my friend?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk - What If There Were No first Amendment?

Submitted 04-19-2022 under OPINION

If there was no first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech and your religious tradition was in charge of the country, what laws, if any, would you pass restricting different kinds of speech?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: 500th Column: Florida Man vs. Tiger!

Submitted 04-18-2022 under OPINION

A member of a cleaning crew put his arm into the tiger enclosure, apparently either to pet or to feed the tiger. The tiger grabbed his harm. A sheriff’s deputy, responding to the scene, was unable to get the tiger to release the man and therefore shot the tiger to save the man’s life.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Have a Dog for Dinner?

Submitted 04-11-2022 under OPINION

South Korea is considering a ban on consumption of dog meat. Why is eating dog meat any worse than eating the flesh of a cow, pig, goat, or deer?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How are You Connected to Co-religionists Around the World?

Submitted 04-04-2022 under OPINION

There are many inter-religious conflicts around the world that don’t directly affect us here in the US, yet it’s easy to imagine that many Americans of various faiths have strong feelings about what their coreligionists are experiencing elsewhere.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Crises of Faith, part 2

Submitted 03-28-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk received the following question, submitted to one of our panelists: “Have any of the panel members had a crisis of faith that led them into periods of doubt, or as some call it, ‘a dark night of the soul?’ If so, what brought them back to solid footing?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Crises of Faith, part 1

Submitted 03-23-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk received the following question, submitted to one of our panelists: “Have any of the panel members had a crisis of faith that led them into periods of doubt, or as some call it, ‘a dark night of the soul?’ If so, what brought them back to solid footing?”

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