On December 14, 2004 Alabama Judge Ashley McKathan stepped into court adorned by a judicial robe embroidered with the Ten Commandments.  Stitched in large print, the Biblical statements were legible to everyone in the courtroom.  “You can’t divorce the law from the truth,” he stated.  “The Ten Commandments can help a judge know the difference […]

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More testing. Test count: 5


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New test post

Hey there just testing some new features we’re hoping to add to peacenext. UPDATED19


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Hello, If you’re reading this it means that I have successfully used a plugin, that I’m about to make a few adjustment to. Sorry if this clutters up the news feed. And now I am updating it~~will it work? Yeah it did, okay now lets see if it links. Sort of… maybe fixed? Indeed it […]

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Recommended Summer Reading: “Sex, Mom, and God”

How are believers living in a postmodern world to make sense of premodern Scriptures? Are the caustic culture wars the inevitable outcome of belief systems, or is there a way that people with different beliefs can co-exist? Author Frank Schaeffer explores these difficult questions in his new book, “Sex, Mom, and God.”

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Svaha: On Giving Up My Father

I am not this, consumed by flame; I am not that, washed in water; I am not that which drew air, nor am I that which walked upon the earth. I am the earth, I am the air and I am the water. I am the fire. All that which is impermanent, I leave behind. […]

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Sitting at the Buddha with the Tanna’im

This paper examines the parallels between two ancient ethical texts, the BuddhistDhammapada, and the Jewish,Pirke Avot. Both of these texts offer the reader insights into what is necessary for maintaining “balance” in the world of ethical requirements for treating each other with respect and dignity.  Buddhists and non-Buddhists can read the Dhammapada for an understanding […]

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About State of Formation

State of Formation is a forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Founded by the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, it is run in partnership with Hebrew College and Andover Newton and in collaboration with the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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