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Is the Sense of Self an Illusion?

Would you comment from your Christian perspective on the Buddhist assertion that we have no separate self or separate existence because we cannot understand who we are without understanding who we aren’t, and our separate existence is known only because of everything we are? Is the sense of self an illusion?

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Universal Mystery

I once considered myself an atheist. However I now consider myself an ‘a-theist’ vs an ‘atheist’. This to me means I have abandoned the Biblical personal God. However, I cannot pull away from ‘Universal Mystery’

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What is God?

If the traditional theistic notion has been debunked, is there one Progressive view?

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The Bible on Gender, Race and Sexuality

Why do some progressive Christians seem to ignore what the Bible says on gender, race and sexuality?

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Jesus’s Treatment of Women

Was Jesus’s treatment of women radical enough to call him a feminist? 

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Christ Rules the Universe

It is Written in The Message, Ephesians Chapter 1, that Christ rules the Universe, all of it, from galaxies to governments, no one exempt from His power, He has the final say on all things. I have been trying to reconcile this for two years, to understand if this is a metaphor or actual truth, what is your perception?

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Why is the Bible sacred?

One of the reasons I wanted to reread his book was to see if I could get a different viewpoint on being a Christian within the “church.” I am still flummoxed as to why Bishop Spong is a Christian. He appears to be more of a humanist (non-capitalized).

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Suicide and the Bible

  Question & Answer   Q: By Joyce “I’m curious where the idea came from that if a person commits suicide that person does not go to heaven. I don’t recall anything in the Bible saying that.” A: …

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Being honest and sharing what you believe

How can I be honest and share what I believe with the people I grew up with? Don’t think they will speak to me again. And some are my family members. How do I share my new beliefs when discussions come up?

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Prayer and feeling God’s mercy.

Although I’m now trying to be a Christian, I would like to be able to do something to bring myself closer to our Lord, other than sitting still while trying to keep invasive thoughts from disturbing my prayer session.

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No Longer Believe the Nicene Creed?

How does one who values Jesus’s teachings and the ritual of the Eucharist continue attending church when one does not truly believe the Nicene Creed? I feel dishonest speaking those words.

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What exactly is meant by the word ‘spiritual’?

What exactly is meant by the word ‘spiritual’? If it only refers to ghosts, angels, (theistic) gods, demons and such then it’s clearly just a metaphor for the unexplainable aspects of life.

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Talking to children about the Bible

How should I respond if my young children take the stories of the Bible literally when I don’t believe in a literal reading?

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Leading a more simple life

Mark, I’ve been following you for awhile and I do appreciate some of the things you say, but what’s the deal with this new agey movement for “simplicity”?

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A Course in Miracles

I was wondering what the Progressive Christian attitude to the spiritual/philosophical text “A Course in Miracles” is?

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What is sacred text to you?

Because I identify as a [Hip Hop] Womanist, I have sacred text that has not been historically acknowledged as “Sacred Text;” but it is my work to talk about the ethics of excluding these texts from a conversation on what is sacred, holy, worthy, or right.

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Would an all loving God lead us into temptation?

Would an all loving God lead us into temptation? If not, why does the Lord’s Prayer ask our Heavenly Father not to lead us into temptation?

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Can God Be A Black Woman?

Is God a Palestinian/Brazilian/Chilean/Russian/Khazak/…woman too?

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