Category Religious Literacy

What’s Divine About You

Religious Literacy

November 20, 2019

What’s Divine About You

My reaction was so physically apparent that my daughter took one look at me and asked: “Why’s your face all red?!” That...

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What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

Religious Literacy

October 31, 2019

What’s the Deal With Ghosts?

When the first Ghostbusters movie came out in 1988, most of my friends were in love with it, myself included. But one friend...

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The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

Religious Literacy

October 20, 2019

The Controversy at Maunakea—Why Science and Religion Need Each Other

According to the astronomers supporting the project, it “will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects...

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A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Religious Literacy

August 31, 2019

A Place for Women in Religion—Hint: It’s Not the Kitchen

Let me just start by saying I’m about as girlie of a girl as anyone I’ve ever known. A dress is my attire of choice, even...

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Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Religious Literacy

August 1, 2019

Catholicism in the Age of Scandal

Damning headlines and unforgivable scandal have, in recent times, become synonymous in the media with the Catholic Church,...

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Three Religions and a Wedding

Religious Literacy

July 11, 2019

Three Religions and a Wedding

Guests of many religions were in attendance. We had Jewish relatives from my side, Catholics from my husband's side, Christians...

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What Happens When You Die?

What Happens When You Die?

And the more I studied religions, the more I saw the common thread. They all believed that you are more than your body and...

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The Fingerprint of the Spirit

The Fingerprint of the Spirit

The theory of evolution postulates that the many different forms of life all descended from a common ancestor, with the many...

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Why are Physicists Convinced of the Human Soul?

Religious Literacy

June 26, 2019

Why are Physicists Convinced of the Human Soul?

Are science and spirituality mutually exclusive? Alan Lightman, a physicist who has researched black holes, stellar dynamics...

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Here’s to the Artists

Religious Literacy

June 22, 2019

Here’s to the Artists

Artists bring their own special energy to that endeavor and deserve support and encouragement and validation. Here’s to...

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Religion in the Workplace: How Diversity Creates Better Cultures

Religious Literacy

June 13, 2019

Religion in the Workplace: How Diversity Creates Better Cultures

After I’d been working there for a few days, the CEO called me into his office and said “You know, I really admired the...

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Religion in Schools: Teaching Isn’t Preaching

Religion in Schools: Teaching Isn’t Preaching

Tolerance of one’s fellow man, including his race, his nationality and his creed, is an essential part of everyday life.

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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

Religious Literacy

February 15, 2019

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

While I certainly didn’t have anything against the Catholics, I really didn’t know much about the religion.

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Where Do Americans Find Meaning in Life?

Religious Literacy

February 7, 2019

Where Do Americans Find Meaning in Life?

In 2017, the Pew Research Center surveyed Americans to find out what it is that makes their lives meaningful. Not surprisingly,...

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Religion Is Man’s Salvation

Religious Literacy

February 5, 2019

Religion Is Man’s Salvation

Though it is up to each of us to choose which religious path to follow, religion, period, is worth it. Beyond individual improvement,...

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Communication Is the Key

Religious Literacy

January 15, 2019

Communication Is the Key

One Catholic priest known to me only as Father Donovan, whom my parents had befriended, attended many of our family picnics,...

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We Are Religion

Religious Literacy

January 1, 2019

We Are Religion

Cultures rise and fall, governments come and go, but religion remains a constant influence. Under all the verbiage of such...

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Lessons I Learned Growing Up Mormon

Religious Literacy

December 6, 2018

Lessons I Learned Growing Up Mormon

I grew up in the south, where hair is big and religion is bigger: mega-church big. Mormons were different. Not the wearing-black-and-avoiding-ornament...

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How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

Religious Literacy

December 4, 2018

How Science Helped Me Find More Religion

“How can genetic testing tell you your religion, anyway?” you might ask. 23andMe can’t tell that I’m a Scientologist....

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The Unity That Disaster Handling Brings

Religious Literacy

October 21, 2018

The Unity That Disaster Handling Brings

I don’t think that there could have been a more appropriate song for us to sing that morning, for truly, it was amazing...

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Humanity’s Continuing Belief in God and the Soul

Religious Literacy

August 25, 2018

Humanity’s Continuing Belief in God and the Soul

A recently released report by the Pew Research Center showed that Americans are much more likely to be actively religious...

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In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Religious Literacy

August 15, 2018

In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Philosophy is one of those topics that seems to belong in some ivy-covered building being discussed by men in vests who punctuate...

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The Thai Cave Rescue—A Buddhist “Miracle?”

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

The Thai Cave Rescue—A Buddhist “Miracle?”

Millions of people across the world, including myself, followed this saga as it unfolded with bated breath.

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Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

Religious Literacy

August 13, 2018

Is Religious Intolerance the First Step Toward the Decline of a Civilization?

The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful empire this planet had ever seen… And all through the remains of this...

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Indonesia Takes a Step Forward For Religious Freedom

Indonesia Takes a Step Forward For Religious Freedom

I’ll end with my hope that the people of Indonesia will find an inclusive and fair way to treat all of its rich religious...

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Scientologists and Individual Purpose

Scientologists and Individual Purpose

The composition of a society is rooted in the purposes of its individuals. Intertwined, those purposes fuel the dynamic evolution...

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Isn’t there more to life than this, a Scientologist Asks?

Isn’t there more to life than this, a Scientologist Asks?

“Life is short—live it up.” This seems to be the mantra I hear more and more every day. Now, I’m all about fun. I...

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Living With the Dead

Religious Literacy

April 18, 2018

Living With the Dead

The dead were also removed from view, literally, when Reformation iconoclasts whitewashed hundreds of colorful religious murals...

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The Maryland Peace Cross and Establishment of Religion

Religious Literacy

April 16, 2018

The Maryland Peace Cross and Establishment of Religion

A U.S. Appeals Court has recently ruled that a 40-foot high cross located at a busy intersection in Bladensburg, Maryland...

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Does the Decline of Religion Foretell a rise in Mental Illness?

Religious Literacy

April 14, 2018

Does the Decline of Religion Foretell a rise in Mental Illness?

Falling away from church, moral codes and belonging has created depression and anxiety. It has created a sense that one is...

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Are We Losing Religion?

Religious Literacy

April 1, 2018

Are We Losing Religion?

The loss of faith, of religion, of church membership - and this goes for all faiths, all religions, all churches - is a loss...

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Is Man Just Another Animal? (A Scientologist’s Perspective)

Religious Literacy

March 14, 2018

Is Man Just Another Animal? (A Scientologist’s Perspective)

I grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s with the science versus religion debate in full swing. It was and is, the major philosophical...

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If I Disagree with Someone’s Religion, Why Should I Study It?

Religious Literacy

March 2, 2018

If I Disagree with Someone’s Religion, Why Should I Study It?

Every religion I know of celebrates the good and kind in ourselves and our neighbors. Religions celebrate who we​ really​...

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Predictions on Religion

Religious Literacy

February 22, 2018

Predictions on Religion

That religions together and in unison will bring a new enlightened age where spirituality and Godliness will once again rise...

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Do Aliens Believe in Scientologists?

Religious Literacy

February 20, 2018

Do Aliens Believe in Scientologists?

The most popular attraction is always the chimp enclosure, where people get to sit and laugh at the antics of the resident...

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Want to Find Out What Scientology Is? Talk to a Scientologist.

Religious Literacy

February 15, 2018

Want to Find Out What Scientology Is? Talk to a Scientologist.

I come from a large, affectionate family that includes grandparents, parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Looking...

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Scientologists and Freedom of Choice

Religious Literacy

February 8, 2018

Scientologists and Freedom of Choice

Responsible freedom of choice lies at the heart of the Scientology religion. It’s a theme which runs throughout our sacred...

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A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

Religious Literacy

February 5, 2018

A Scientologist Wants to Leave a Great Legacy—How About You?

A legacy I want to be known for is that I helped others believe in the basic goodness of man, and that I helped others to...

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Church and State: Not Separate At All

Religious Literacy

January 27, 2018

Church and State: Not Separate At All

The line in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been nearly beaten meaningless by repetition: “Congress shall...

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Beliefs About Believing

Religious Literacy

January 11, 2018

Beliefs About Believing

You won’t find anyone whose pupils contract that doesn’t believe something. From the time we are born, we “believe”...

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It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

Religious Literacy

January 10, 2018

It’s Time to Shed the Stigma of “Organized Religion”

I’ve heard people speak of organized religion rather distastefully. Organized government takeover or organized guerrilla...

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A Christmas Poem

Religious Literacy

December 25, 2017

A Christmas Poem

For surely all of us should know acceptance is the way to go, that people differ, east to west, and one man’s faith is not...

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Digitizing God—Anthony Levandowski’s “Way of the Future”

Religious Literacy

December 5, 2017

Digitizing God—Anthony Levandowski’s “Way of the Future”

Multimillionaire and Silicon Valley whiz kid Anthony Levandowski is obviously no dummy. So I can only conclude that he missed...

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Does One Have to Believe in God To Be Moral?

Religious Literacy

November 27, 2017

Does One Have to Believe in God To Be Moral?

We know from experience in the workplace that there are those employees who need constant supervision to maintain productivity...

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One Way to Give Peace a Chance, Among Religions

Religious Literacy

November 13, 2017

One Way to Give Peace a Chance, Among Religions

As a child, I vaguely remember listening to adults talk and sometimes argue about whose religion was the “true religion.”...

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Should Religion Be Taught in Schools?

Religious Literacy

September 22, 2017

Should Religion Be Taught in Schools?

We have all seen headlines of angry parents storming school board meetings protesting that their little Johnny was being illegally...

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