God

Morality and God

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

What do people really mean by God? What do people really mean by morality? What do people really believe about the connection? This report raises more questions than it answers. It tells us what many people said, but not really what they meant

As a Man of God, I See the Value in Atheism

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I understand the importance of free thought and the necessity for societies to allow for variant perceptions on God including atheism. It is for this reason that I, as a religious person, strongly advocate for freedom of religion and decry these nations who persecute those who, in the process of thought, arrive at different perspectives.

The Church Needs to Stop Spiritual Shaming

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

There is a problem with the church today -- a problem that runs deep and wide and long. It's created a chasm actually and an exodus. It's a problem sourced by a history of church practices and traditions that serve to verify its authenticity as real and overt. It's a problem all right. And that problem is shaming, specifically the shaming of people, both Christian and otherwise.

Is Racism Actually a Fear of the Unknown?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

You walk into a store and the salesperson is a different colour, a woman wearing a hijab, a young man with piercings and tattoos. You walk into a room and realize that no one looks like you. A sense of anxiety sets in from the fight/flight response to fear. That instinctual response to fear begins because we instinctively fear the unknown -- be it a place, an event, a person.

Stay With Me, Just One More Day

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I recently watched the end of Steven Spielberg's 2001 movie, Artificial Intelligence, which I haven't seen since its release. The time is the 22nd cen...

My Search for God Gives Me Purpose

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

We can continue, today, to bring Darwin and God to the same table. I know the place of evolution in scientific knowledge. My left brain understands it completely. It's the right brain; the one that experiences all boundaries slipping away, that lets me imagine the hand of God, the ultimate artist working behind the scenes.

HUMOUR:Atheist Suicide Bomber Kills 18 Agnostics

The Lapine | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

In a frightening display of rising sectarian violence, an atheist suicide bomber blew himself up on a busy street in Stockholm three days ago; killing eighteen agnostics and wounding over thirty. Members of the 'Swedish Atheistic Liberation Front' (SALF) have claimed responsibility for the bombing. Declaring the attack as revenge against the explosive agnostic riots, which, last week, hospitalized several atheists and terrorized the atheistic community.

Can Atheists and Theists Get Along?

Doug Thomas | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

Most atheists have read much more of the holy books than theists think. They are surprised when an atheist is able to quote a passage from holy scripture. So, atheists thank them very much for their concern, already know about the gods, but just don't share their faith in those gods. Can atheists have a dialogue with theists, then? Yes, if theists can agree to remove two hurdles.

The Ten Commandments: They're So Yesterday

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I had the opportunity to attend several lectures on healing provided by a variety of religious teachers. One of the speakers questioned God's purpose ...

Physicists Confident "God Particle" Discovered

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Cosmological theory suggests that the universe began as a primeval atom. The "God Particle"? Through forces, as yet unknown, an enormous release of en...

Watching the Watchdog: The Holier Than Thou Network

Tim Knight | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

But today, I'm waxing wrathful about TV networks and stations that mutilate innocent and often brilliant programs and, quite simply, by doing so steal our money. Specifically VisionTV -- which calls itself "the World's only national multi-faith and multi-cultural television service."

Who Knew We'd Need an Office of Religious Freedom Here?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

I never thought I would feel the need to write in favour of the Office of Religious Freedom. I took my religious freedom for granted. I am a Chaplain. It seems that the readers know all about me from that title. It is assumed that if one believes in God, there is a lack of intelligence, that one cannot believe and have a background in science, philosophy, economics, medicine, the arts.

Why Is Santa A Lie But God Isn't?

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

NOTHING polarizes parents more than Santa. It is where religion, idealism and perfection of parenting clashes with more debate and bluster. My son Adam told me that a kid in his class is telling everyone that Santa isn't real. This boy happens to be of a culture and religion that does not do Christmas. Adam and I feel that no matter your beliefs, you have to respect other peoples beliefs, cultures and origins so I tend to get a bit upset when other parents don't feel the same way I do.

Romney Gate - Closing Out The World

Kathleen Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kathleen Smith

As a younger woman, I stood beneath the arch on countless occasions at the height of the Cold War. It was a time when there were far fewer allied nations and as a Canadian teen I knew my closest allies were those I could reach through the arch to connect with. In 1984 the Americans were not just my neighbors, they were my family in every sense of the word. Suddenly, it's 28 years later. You find yourself in 2012 in the midst of the US election and you realize, with shock and awe that the gate is closing - not because of economics or war or terrorist threat or because a guard is standing at the border locking the gate in front of you - but in the name of blind adherence to ideology.

For the Royals, Kate Topless Is Child's Play

Tim Knight | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

This family's privacy has survived a princely pater familias reputed to have enjoyed rather frequent romps with ladies who were neither his sovereign nor his wife and a promiscuous princess married to the heir to the throne among other things. After such a history, a little blurry bare breastedness, shot from a great distance, really shouldn't qualify to right-thinking people as either "grotesque" or "totally unjustifiable."

The Eaton Centre Shooting Doesn't Make Toronto Dangerous

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

The Eaton Centre shooting this past weekend is not the first time Toronto has been faced with such angst. Yet despite the latest violent outburst, our city remains a safe place. We're very lucky to live in Toronto; in comparison to many other urban centres in North America, crime and violence rarely touch us.

Part 3: Who Is Queen Elizabeth?

Tim Knight | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Recent polls show four out of five Britons respect her, support her and want their country to remain a monarchy. To many, she's one of the last living symbols of British wartime valour, and the embodiment of the nation's resolute defiance of German bombers during the Blitz.

Part 2: Queen Elizabeth, Out of Touch

Tim Knight | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Queen Elizabeth grew up pampered, coddled, confident, regal and very aware of her royal blood. When she enters the room everyone stands. Men bow, women curtsey and the band plays her very own song, "God Save The Queen." All her life she's lived in a fantasyland -- a prisoner of her wealth.

Is There a God? Always Question

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

Grown-ups usually have their minds made up about religion one way or another, so either you're (pun intended) preaching to the converted, or talking to an unholy wall. I'm curious as to what will happen when it (religion, god) will be brought up by a child, my child specifically.

Some Believe Religion And Fate Can Cause Cancer, Study Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Martha Edwards | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada Living

When it comes to lowering your cancer risk, there's no shortage of confusing information -- in our everyday lives, we're surrounded by items like coff...

What Does The Shofar Call You To Do?

Mira Sucharov | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

While we are enjoying the dog days of summer, we are also in Elul, the final month of the Jewish calendar -- one of traditional personal reflection. One synagogue asks on Twitter: WDSCU2D?