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Question: It's amazing how you "learned theologians" always toe the party line: God is always responsible for the good things that happen, but good gosh, never responsible for the bad things because of "free will." And God doesn't make garbage. Bunk....
Question: With all due respect, I felt that your response to a recent question regarding cremation might have offended some readers. Your opinions that keeping ashes in an urn on the mantel seemed "creepy," and scattering them in public places "slightly...
Question: I lost my 22-year-old daughter to a possible heroin overdose. I won't have the answers until the medical examiner's office speaks to me in a few weeks. I found her on the floor of her bedroom. A syringe was found in her bed. She'd recently...
Q: I read your column and have been trying to figure out what you believe. You've said that "in the beginning was God and God created everything," but who do you believe God is? In a recent column on tithing, you advised someone that "if you only have...
Tags: Rituals, Religious Events, Bible, Judaism, Religious Texts
Q: Yesterday, my little grandson told me he was terrified of going to hell. For a moment, I didn't know how to reassure him. Then, I told him he shouldn't worry because very few people are going to hell. Most people who do bad things are actually going to...
Tags: Pol Pot, Punishment, Idi Amin, Christianity, Mystery (genre)
I love Christmas and I'm a rabbi, so my love for Christmas is the love of a happy and respectful stranger. However, because of all that my dearest friend, Fr. Tom Hartman, taught me, I may, in fact, be a perfect stranger for Christmas. In full...
Question: I've been reading The God Squad column since I was a teenager and enjoy your perspective on life and spirituality. I'm a 25-year-old woman and have been in a committed relationship for 18 months. Things are going very well between us, and we've...
Tags: Marriage, Christianity, Family, Roman Catholicism
Editor's note: Starting Saturday, the Daily Pilot will regularly publish The God Squad column by Rabbi Marc Gellman, who offers practical answers to questions about religion, faith and spirituality. "In Theory" will continue to be published on...
Tribune Media ServicesQ: I have quite a few old Catholic prayer books handed down from my wife's mother years ago. I would like to know how to dispose of them. -- F., via e-mail A: Catholic prayer books (missals) and old deteriorated Bibles still bear the word of God and...
Tribune Media ServicesFROM THE GOD SQUAD: Due to the effects of Parkinson's disease, I can no longer help to write the God Squad column. I've asked Marc to continue the column with the help of other advisors, maintaining our vision of tolerance and interfaith understanding. In...
Q: Our last child was born with multiple disabilities. We love and support him with all our hearts and do everything in our power to give him a happy and fulfilled life. Over the years, friends and family have told us how lucky our child is to have us as...
Tags: Punishment, Cancer, Depression, Soups, Crime, Law and Justice
Tribune Media ServicesI've been flooded with prayers and good wishes for Fr. Tom Hartman, my writing partner for many years on The God Squad, following his retirement from the column due to illness. When he feels up to it, I read him your kind, compassionate words. Q. I've...
Tags: Depression, Health, Death, Boca Raton, Judaism
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