RELIGION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/RELIGION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Op-ed: Religion is yin to science’s yang http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429451-82/science-clark-professor-religion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429451-82/science-clark-professor-religion.html.csp">Op-ed: Religion is yin to science’s yang</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Russell C. Fericks</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T17:18:01.869-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 05:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Last week, Gregory Clark, professor of bioengineering, wrote a fierce homage to his deceased friend, Victor Stenger, a “renowned physicist and best-selling atheist author.” After a spirited critique of the superior traits of inductive science, and the inferior traits of deductive religion, Clark concludes with Stenger’s defining hypothesis: not that God is dead, but that “God never existed at all.” This, followed by the loyal tag: “Fortunately for us, Victor Stenger did [exist].” I agree, with...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58429451@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:18:01 MDT Letter: We experience God, even if you don’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416476-82/god-religion-stenger-absurdities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416476-82/god-religion-stenger-absurdities.html.csp">Letter: We experience God, even if you don’t</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T12:16:33.355-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 12:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Confined in a self-imposed prison of infantile understanding, Professor Gregory Clark’s chosen “religion” (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) dooms his hypothesis; because he can’t reproduce God in a laboratory merely proves he hasn’t properly conducted the experiment. There are so many of us who have personally experienced God! How sad that a man thus “educated” could be so profoundly ignorant. Paul Sharp Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416476@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:33 MDT Letter: Science and spirituality can and do co-exist http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416491-82/arts-sltrib-humanities-liberal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416491-82/arts-sltrib-humanities-liberal.html.csp">Letter: Science and spirituality can and do co-exist</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T12:16:33.369-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 12:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am an ordained minister, and yet I fully concur with the views expressed by Dr. Gregory A. Clark (“Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities,” Sept. 14) that supernatural and superstitious ideas have no place in the world of scientific research. I also heartily support the views in another Sunday op-ed piece, (“Humanities grads hold their own in job market”) by Dr. Madonna Milner, that a liberal arts education provides a more successful career than does a professional degree. Liberal a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416491@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:33 MDT Op-ed: Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58403781-82/religion-god-stenger-science.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58403781-82/religion-god-stenger-science.html.csp">Op-ed: Atheist Stenger recognized religion’s absurdities</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gregory A. Clark</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T17:28:01.976-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 05:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">God’s not dead. But Victor Stenger — renowned physicist and best-selling atheist author — now is. He died Aug. 27. From natural rather than supernatural causes, one might add. “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings,” Stenger famously remarked. His epigram concisely captures two major problems with religion: It is both ridiculous and repugnant. Stenger’s first point is self-evident. When it comes to the physical world, science works. Religion doesn’t. It’s that simple. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58403781@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:28:01 MDT Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58407085-80/state-cross-religion-arkansas.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58407085-80/state-cross-religion-arkansas.html.csp">Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAN WOLKEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T13:24:02.343-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 01:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday. Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or mod...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407085@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:24:02 MDT Victor Stenger, atheism’s ‘fifth horseman,’ dies at 79 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58369338-80/stenger-religion-science-atheism.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58369338-80/stenger-religion-science-atheism.html.csp">Victor Stenger, atheism’s ‘fifth horseman,’ dies at 79</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIMBERLY WINSTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-03T11:31:02.385-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 11:31AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.” Stenger, who also graced a short list of authors who hit The New York Times best-seller list writing about atheism, died Aug. 25 in Hawaii. He was 79. Atheist, skeptic and science blogs, in the U.S. and in England, were filled with tributes and remembranc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58369338@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:31:02 MDT Letter: Muslims Need to Speak Out and be Heard http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352846-82/muslims-religion-negative-practices.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352846-82/muslims-religion-negative-practices.html.csp">Letter: Muslims Need to Speak Out and be Heard</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-31T21:55:48.201-06:00">Updated Aug 31, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recent events in the Middle East have brought out the strongest statements yet by leading Islamic clerics condemning the brutal ISIS claim to be an Islamic movement. This is encouraging because it seems that too much of the press about Muslims is negative. This worldwide religion includes a large number of diverse groups with widely differing views. While most non-Muslims may know little about the religion there are three practices that stand out as troubling: 1) Convert to Islam or die. 2) Le...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58352846@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:55:48 MDT Former Buddhist monk teaching Asian religion at SLCC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58344773-180/religion-buddhist-bandara-asian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58344773-180/religion-buddhist-bandara-asian.html.csp">Former Buddhist monk teaching Asian religion at SLCC</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T18:06:02.706-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 06:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Starting this fall, two courses in Asian religion will be taught at Salt Lake Community College and cross-listed at the University of Utah. The courses, “Introduction to Buddhist Traditions” and “Asian Religion and Philosophy” are “the only academic courses on these subjects currently being taught in the Salt Lake Valley,” according to Wijitha Bandara, who will be teaching them. The first course will provide a historical overview of Buddhism and Buddhist ritual, Bandara says, “beginning with Bu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58344773@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:06:02 MDT Letter: Does religion do more harm than good http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326693-82/killing-religion-harm-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326693-82/killing-religion-harm-iraq.html.csp">Letter: Does religion do more harm than good</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T17:27:51.688-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 05:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite having served an LDS mission in New Zealand in my youth, I have spent a lifetime wondering if, on balance, religion does more harm than good. Poor Galileo, forced under pain of death by the church to deny his findings that the earth moves around the sun. The Inquisition. The Crusades. I watched Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Northern Ireland. Jews and Arabs killing each other in Palestine. Sikhs and Hindus killing each other in India. Sunnis and Shiites killing each othe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58326693@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:27:51 MDT Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp">Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T11:09:38.354-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 11:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Islam is a compassionate and tolerant religion, Utah Muslim leaders say, so any group that terrorizes minorities, beheads children or kidnaps women while claiming to be Muslim would be violating tenets of the faith. But that is what various news agencies have said Islamic State militants are doing in northern Iraq — attacking Christians and Yazidis (a Kurdish-speaking minority whose faith is linked to ancient Zoroastrianism), while driving thousands from their homes. The Islamic State has bee...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298379@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:09:38 MDT Letter: Call it ‘same-religion-attraction’ disorder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292979-82/court-utah-attraction-august.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292979-82/court-utah-attraction-august.html.csp">Letter: Call it ‘same-religion-attraction’ disorder</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T16:12:02.041-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 04:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am sure you have been deluged with acerbic letters raising a million reasons why your editorial on the appointment of a non-Mormon to the state Supreme Court be made (“Utah high court needs religious diversity,” August 10). And while you chose to call Utah a theocracy, I’d feel more comfortable using “same-religion-attraction” disorder. But I think you could have avoided the sanctimonious by alternatively stating, “We’d prefer the next justice to not believe in magic.” Michael Petersen Cot...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292979@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Religion not a factor in court choice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284519-82/court-mormon-religion-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284519-82/court-mormon-religion-state.html.csp">Letter: Religion not a factor in court choice</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T19:54:02.676-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 07:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Tribune editorial board opinion (“The people’s court,” August 10), which calls for a non-Mormon to be appointed to the Utah Supreme Court, could be more honestly expressed by demanding that any candidate for the Court vacancy, who is a Mormon, be excluded from consideration for his or her religious beliefs. The second clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, with respect to religious freedom “...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ...” The intent of this clause...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284519@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:54:02 MDT Doing good, doing bad, with and without religion ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58285461-82/sltrib-com-religion-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58285461-82/sltrib-com-religion-http.html.csp">Doing good, doing bad, with and without religion ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T15:52:02.764-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 03:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— The good and the bad hide behind religion — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Of course, what the law and any religion have in common is that people interpret both of them to suit their own needs, wants, desires and feelings. People decide what is right, what they want, what they will and won’t do, and then search for legal, or religious, justifications. ... “ ... What religion does is provide cover. Cover for the selfish, for the suddenly contrite, and even for the selfless. Religion’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58285461@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:52:02 MDT Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58277392-68/monument-bloomfield-judge-commandments.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58277392-68/monument-bloomfield-judge-commandments.html.csp">Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 07:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Bloomfield, N.M. • A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the “principal effect of endorsing religion.” Because of the context and history surrounding the granite monument, Parker said Bloomfield clea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582773922014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58277392@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:40:01 MDT Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp">Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T17:40:17.07-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 05:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The reporter at the next desk, who had covered the cops and courts beat for a long time, said he had never actually seen Jesus. But he knew where he lived. The fourth floor of the local courthouse. That was where the county jail was in that town. And it was from there that inmates often emerged to tell the judge that, while they had time to spend reconsidering their lives, they had met Jesus, and were ready to tread the straight and narrow. In the words of a great American religious leader, “Ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273550@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:40:17 MDT Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp">Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T16:54:01.875-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 04:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You don’t need a doctorate to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Millennials — Americans roughly between ages 18 and 30 — wer...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273262@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:54:01 MDT Letter: Freedom to impose on others? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216886-82/freedom-impose-religion-age.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216886-82/freedom-impose-religion-age.html.csp">Letter: Freedom to impose on others?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T16:00:02.454-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 04:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I must have missed something in that high school civics class: Since when did freedom of religion mean we have the right to discriminate against someone (religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, etc.) by imposing our own perceptions on others? Carolyn Sanders Holladay</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58216886@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:02 MDT