Category Archives for Morality

What Ever Happened to Compassion?

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Enter any Christian church in the United States on a Sunday and you are likely to hear each of the verses highlighted in this article at some point throughout the year. Each verse extolls the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Each verse speaks to the compassion […]

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Shedding the Romantic Idea of a Buddhist Follower

In this guest blog post, Pema Sherpa discusses her experience with Buddhism in her native Nepal. She says that while not every Buddhist follower or monk is corrupt and there are still authentic practitioners, she has given up the tradition and follows a spiritual path instead. She now lives in Bend, Oregon. I grew up […]

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Martin Luther, Jews, and the Third Reich

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  I was raised as a Lutheran at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, North Dakota. I memorized hundreds of bible verses and most of Luther’s Small Catechism. When I attended a Lutheran college, Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota, I learned more about the Lutheran faith. But I never heard about the treatise that Martin Luther […]

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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  While this saying is often made in gest, the underlying meaning is much more sinister. It implies that there is either a supernatural entity or a cosmic force that preys upon humans to encourage them to commit heinous acts. The shooter in the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is reported to […]

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The Ten Commandments – Revised

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  The Bible’s Ten Commandments While there are two separate lists of the Ten Commandments in the Bible—Deuteronomy Chapter 5 and Exodus Chapter 20—they are very similar. The writer known as P for Priestly is probably responsible for their final written form dating from the exile of the Hebrews in Babylon in the early sixth […]

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