Articles by Lee Witting


Talking about faith and politics

By Lee Witting on Feb. 26, 2010, at 7:29 p.m.
A few columns back, I was chided by a reader for having called Rush Limbaugh a liar. This is a religion column, said my e-mailer, not a political one. But the question remains, can we separate the two? In this country, conservative politicians invoke Christian faith at rallies opposing abortion …

Near death offers clues to afterlife

By Lee Witting on Jan. 15, 2010, at 5:21 p.m.
In my Voices column of Oct. 24, 2009, I wrote about a conference I had attended on near-death experience.

How much does God want us to know?

By Lee Witting on Dec. 04, 2009, at 5:48 p.m.
One of the burning theological questions down through the ages has been, “how much does God want us to know?”

Near-death experiences contribute life lessons

By Lee Witting on Oct. 23, 2009, at 5:48 p.m.
I’ve just returned from an annual conference on near-death experiences presented this year in San Diego by the International Association for Near Death Studies.

Among faithful, debates rages over key to kingdom of heaven

By Lee Witting on Sept. 11, 2009, at 5:05 p.m.
R egular readers of the Voices column may have noted that not all the Christian contributors are singing from the same hymnal. Some of the differences hinge on what I consider a red herring of Christian tradition — namely, the faith vs. works argument that either we are judged by …

Time to ungoggle our eyes for a new view of the night

By Lee Witting on Aug. 01, 2009, at 12 a.m.
When I can’t sleep, I tune in to “Coast to Coast AM,” an all-night radio show that dwells on such matters as alternative universes, psychic phenomena, UFOs and the like. The same station that …

All demons, no angels in latest Hanks film

By Lee Witting on June 19, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
Most of us go to the movies like lambs to the slaughter. That certainly has been true for the film version of Dan Brown’s pre-“Da Vinci Code” attack on Christian faith, “Angels and Demons.” Now a warning — if you haven’t seen the movie, and want to be surprised by …

Are we all praying to the same God?

By Lee Witting on May 08, 2009, at 6:17 p.m.
A phrase I often hear repeated is, “Well, we are all praying to the same God, aren’t we?” I hardly ever disagree, because God alone knows the understandings of our hearts.

Visions of the end begin to fascinate

By Lee Witting on March 27, 2009, at 6:21 p.m.
This week I watched the new movie “Knowing,” which, along with amazing special effects disasters, offers an interesting take on the relationships of family love, prophecy, and faith in the …

Trip to Ethiopia offers lessons in faith

By Lee Witting on Feb. 13, 2009, at 7:45 p.m.
I’ve just come back from Ethiopia, where a group of us who are students at Bangor Theological Seminary went to visit ancient churches and monasteries.

Evidence of duality’s crucial role abounds

By Lee Witting on Jan. 23, 2009, at 6:35 p.m.
I recently played God — the smallest role in an original play based on the Batman-Joker movie, and written by a 19-year-old for presentation at our church. I mention this because my key line was, …

God sees far more than man’s ideas of black-and-white

By Lee Witting on Jan. 09, 2009, at 4:51 p.m.
With apologies to the Rev. Daryl Witmer, I’d like to posit a “good news” addendum to his Voices column of Dec. 13, 2008.

Every Christmas, Magi’s star inspires more exploration

By Lee Witting on Dec. 19, 2008, at 4:02 p.m.
It seems nearly every Christmas season is accompanied by news from astronomers that they’ve found the source for the story of the Christmas star.

Revisiting the center of cosmos

By Lee Witting on Dec. 05, 2008, at 5:06 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News reported on Nov. 21 that researchers in Poland have identified by DNA the long-lost remains of Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus, you may recall, was the 16th century mathematician who theorized that the Earth was not the center of the universe, but merely one of several planets orbiting …

‘Spirituality’ depends on community

By Lee Witting on Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:49 p.m.
I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” It’s a phrase I hear more and more these days. What does it mean?

We have tools for change: God, love

By Lee Witting on Oct. 31, 2008, at 7:41 p.m.
It’s the awareness, curiosity about, and acceptance of the “Other” that is one measure of a maturing Christianity. One such growing awareness was reported last May in the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, with the pronouncement by the Pope’s astronomer, Jesuit Priest Jose Gabriel Funes, that aliens may very well …

Policy trumps image in politics

By Lee Witting on Sept. 05, 2008, at 6:31 p.m.
There is a funny, scary movie of a few years back that’s making the underground rounds these days.