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Humble vs. Self-Righteous Religion

Religion can be healthy or unhealthy. One key factor differentiating the two is the extent to which religion promotes humility or self-righteousness. In other words, does religion help me focus on myself, and how great I am, or does religion help me focus on loving and serving others and God? …

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Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Maddi Runkles is an 18-year-old senior at Heritage Academy, which is a private Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland. In January, she found out she was pregnant. The school requires all students to sign a pledge saying that they will adhere to a religious code of conduct, which includes “abstaining from sexual …

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Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Rules are an important part of any well-functioning society. We follow rules every day. For example, when driving, we follow the rules of the road. We can’t steal things that aren’t ours, or punch someone in the face. There are consequences if you break a rule. For example, you might …

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We Have No King But Caesar

I saw a lot of social media activity from religious folks the other day about Donald Trump’s executive order on religious freedom: “Praise God!” “God is on the move.” “I praise the Lord for what He is doing in this land.” And so on. Everyone has a right to their own …

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