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POLL: Is it possible to find a non-violent God within the historical tradition of Christianity?

The Bible is filled with violent narratives.  One writer, Philip Jenkins, once described the scriptures as overflowing with, "texts of terror."

Americans blame bad parenting, Hollywood for mass shootings over guns

Despite the best efforts of some in the so-called "mainstream media," a surprising new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published this week says that more Americans blame bad parenting and Hollywood for mass shootings than they do guns.

Guns actually came in fifth place, behind parenting, effective treatment for mental health, media coverage of mass shootings and violence in movies and video games.

Spokane’s Religion Wrap-up: Coffee Talk, Our Place, Bishop Cupich, Civil Disobedience and Hell

Hopefully you marked your calendar for next weekend’s “Coffee Talk.” This is part of our monthly conversation and faith and theology. The discussion this time will be on “Violence and the Sacred.” It will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Boots Bakery. Here are some details for you. See you there, yes?

Losing our religion

Kyle has a permanent tattoo on the inside of his wrist that says “Salvation from the cross,” but he no longer believes in God. He wants to believe, but sees evolution and science as telling him there is no God. Miriam was raised as a Jew, but is not sure she believes in God anymore. Now she describes herself as agnostic. Yusuf was raised as a Muslim, but calls himself atheist. These are some of the voices heard on the series Losing Our Religion that aired on NPR last week.

Poll shows a double standard on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (RNS) Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square.

Make healthy choices in 2013

In 2012 I learned how much of an effect our health can have on our life — physically, mentally and spiritually. Seeking for increased awareness I did a lot of studying about some of the complex systems in our body and how they can effect us on a daily basis and how making needed adjustments in our health habits brings a variety of benefits and enjoyment in life.

40 years after Roe v. Wade, how do Americans really feel about abortion?

In the past four decades, American attitudes have changed markedly on gay marriage, smoking, bullying and a host of other cultural issues.

But on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, public opinion today looks much as it did back then.

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