Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America’s Christian foundation? Question by Joel Thornton   The latest Pew study on religion wasn’t great news for America’s Christian churches. In the last seven years, the percentage of adults identifying themselves as Christians has dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent… But the group making the biggest splash is “Nones” – atheists, agnostics …

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Question by  Joel Thornton   A Dallas marketing and PR executive was blasted with criticism recently when she wrote on her Facebook page that she would rather live in Canada than remain in the U.S. if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Cheryl Rios gave religious reasons for not wanting a female commander-in-chief. She said she backs “equal rights,” but told …

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: March 17, 2015 1:21 pm The news that has absorbed our part of the world recently revolves around a bus full of frat boys at the University of Oklahoma spouting a racist chant in some weird fraternity ritual. When two of the young men’s names were revealed, both said they were just repeating what they …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

What does your faith say about enhanced interrogation – about torture – as an instrument of American policy in a dangerous world? Question by Wayne Slater   AMY MARTIN, President Emeritus – Earth Rhythms In Taoism, to struggle is to do things the hard way. It’s not just foolish; it’s a spiritual death wish. The Taoism sacred text, the Tao …

Amy at Texas Faith: How should we suffer?

Amy at Texas Faith: How should we suffer?

Texas Faith: How should we suffer? Question by Rudolph Bush   The Lenten season is closing now in Holy Week. It comes around each year to remind Christians of Christ’s suffering and the suffering that we all endure in life. But, of course, the question of suffering extends to all faiths and is experienced by people regardless of religion. David …

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

TEXAS FAITH: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse? Question by Wayne Slater   When Sarah Palin ran for vice president, as Hillary Clinton considers a race for president and with Wendy Davis actively engaged in a bid for governor, one aspect of that culture war is what it means in religious terms …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

TEXAS FAITH: Can you have morality without the existence of God? Question by Wayne Slater When President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty exactly 50 years ago, advocates called it the moral obligation of a wealthy nation. Johnson said he was doing it not because it was efficient or helpful or politically expedient (which, of course, it was for liberals), …

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

TEXAS FAITH: What words of religious faith should politicians really hear and heed? Question by Wayne Slater     Dick Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, gave a speech last month entitled “The Role of Faith in Public Service.” In it, he said not only that his religious faith was important to him as a lawyer, governor and …

Amy at Texas Faith: Where was God…?

Amy at Texas Faith: Where was God…?

TEXAS FAITH: Where was God in the ordeal that young Lauren Kavanaugh faced?   Question by William McKenzieOver the last week, the Dallas Morning News has run a series on the story of 20-year old Lauren Kavanaugh. In “The Girl in the Closet”, you will read a devastating, demoralizing account of depravity. The report tells the story of how young Lauren …

Amy at Texas Faith: What would Jesus tweet?

Amy at Texas Faith: What would Jesus tweet?

TEXAS FAITH: What would Jesus tweet? Question by Wayne Slater   What would Jesus tweet? If Jesus were here today – or if Twitter had been an available app 2,000 years ago – would Jesus have used it as a communication tool to reach larger audiences? More broadly, would Jesus have used social media to spread his message? Cardinal Gianfranco …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can baseball bring you closer to God?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can baseball bring you closer to God?

 This week’s question:  Do secular settings like a baseball game lead us to the spiritual dimension of life? If so, what are those for you? In what ways does the secular lead you to a deeper spiritual understanding? AMY MARTIN, Executive Director, Earth Rhythms; Writer/Editor, Moonlady Media Baseball works for spiritual metaphor on many levels. Attending the game removes you …

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