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Ben Riggs
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author of Finding God in the Body
author of Finding God in the Body

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A couple of thoughts, suggestions on dealing with the monument problem moving forward.
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"Donald Trump is usually hyperbolic and vicious when attacking someone. His condemnation of the alt-right, White Nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klansmen is so reserved and equivocal that it is impossible to discern which side he stands on, which is precisely the point. This is no accident. Trump has never to my knowledge beat around the bush when attacking someone. In fact, his attacks on his own Attorney General and most loyal surrogate, Jeff Sessions, were more pointed than his rebuke of the swastika-clad terrorists in Charlottesville. When juxtaposed to his sensational and absurd rhetoric regarding Islam and immigrants, it is hard to see either as anything but a dog-whistle to white nationalist xenophobes."
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"Love sees life in everything. It recognizes the life that abides within every creature. Love is patient, kind, and endures all things, as anyone who has attended a wedding knows. Our knowledge, plans, and strategies will reach their wit’s end, but love never tires."
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My thoughts on the shooting this morning and what we as Americans need to take away from it.
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Donald Trump backing out of the Paris Accord is the dumbest and most dangerous thing has done thus far.
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There has been a lot of talk about anonymous sourcing, as used by the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post in the Trump-Russia scandal.
There are only two possible motives: un-virtuous and virtuous. So the question is, 'Are the leakers sharing this information with the press for nefarious or virtuous purposes?'
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The election of Greg Gianforte signals the establishment of a New Republican Party.
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"On the mantle of Jesus’s baptismal confession was the proclamation of basic goodness, the gift of eternal Being—not immortality but I am-ness. When we place him at the center of our baptismal confession, we become idolaters. When we place Jesus on our altar, we end up loving him more than we love what he embodied, which lives in our body. When we love something more than the indwelling presence of God, we break the first commandment."
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Was Jesus the warm, fuzzy compliant guy he is often portrayed as? Or was he confrontational, willing to debate, and unflinchingly loyal to the truth? Following Jesus might lead to some uncomfortable conversations about religion, beliefs, and politics.
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Spirituality is a principled worldview coupled with a system of practice that orients our whole being to the world in which we live. And our government is held in check by "we the people." In a democratic system of government, politics is just another aspect of daily living. So... Let's talk about the union of spirituality and citizenship.
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