MARY ALICE WILLIAMS: Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion, founded about 2500 years ago in India. The Buddha taught that life is suffering and the way to overcome that is to get rid of attachments. Widely practiced across Asia, Buddhism has attracted many converts in this country. They are developing forms of Buddhist practice […]
Deborah Rosenthal is a respected artist who is also an observant Jew. As a result, her work is often infused with her religious beliefs. Recently, she was asked by the conservative Jewish congregation to which she belongs to create two stained glass windows for its sanctuary. For the commission, she chose two objects drawn from Jewish faith and Jewish history. More
One of the most difficult of all religious teachings is the importance of forgiving. Forgiveness is taught as something a person should do for God or for others. But, more and more, both religious and secular counselors are encouraging forgiveness as essential to the healing of the person wronged.
Read more of Bob Abernethy's interview with author and funeral director Thomas Lynch, followed by an excerpt from his book THE UNDERTAKING: LIFE STUDIES FROM THE DISMAL TRADE.
- TRANSCRIPT: Bob Abernethy’s interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health
Read the full transcript of Bob Abernathy's e-mail with Dr. Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project at the National Institute of Health.
Many individuals are hoping to make places of worship more accessible to persons with disabilities. The issue goes beyond just being able to get up the steps or hear the sermon; it’s about changing attitudes toward the disabled. There is a large pool of disabled worshippers who want to be more than witnesses, who want to participate in or even lead religious services. More
In Baltimore, Maryland, Tamir Goodman is both an Orthodox Jew and a star basketball player. At 17, in his junior year in high school this past season, he averaged 35 points a game and was offered an athletic scholarship next year by the basketball powerhouse University of Maryland. More
Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn live an 18th-century way of life. Hasidism, Hebrew for both "pious" and "saintly," began in the 1700s in Eastern Europe and was brought to the U.S. during the 1880s. There are numerous Hasidic groups in the U.S., the best known being the Lubavitchers, headquartered in Brooklyn. The Hasidic way of life is strictly defined by religious commandments, particularly for women.
Stanley Hauerwas is a blunt, controversial, and profane teacher whose Christianity is as unvarnished as his speech. The professor charges that the Christian Church in America has compromised so much with the modern world it is in mortal peril. As he tells his students, Hauerwas believes that the Church is losing its soul and it's up to them to restore it by becoming like modern saints.