Paula Kirby

Stories by Paula Kirby
Blessed are those with a persecution complex?

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when … Continued

Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist

In October 2008 I attended a lecture by the Christian apologist John Lennox. He could hardly contain his excitement because … Continued

Religion: the ultimate tyranny

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Gaza: What would Jehovah do?

Question: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

A criminal matter, not a spiritual one

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

Seize the day

Question: What is your vision of heaven? What images from scripture, tradition or your own personal experience describe it best? … Continued

Ending the pretense of faith

Question: What should pastors do if they no longer hold the defining beliefs of their denomination? Do clergy have a … Continued

Catholics dictating terms

Question: In response to the new gay marriage law in Washington, Catholic Charities closed its adoption and foster care programs … Continued

Suffering and the vain quest for significance

Question: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or … Continued

Two avenging angels in Ireland

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? 2009 was the year in which – finally – thousands … Continued