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† Hymns (mp3)

Be Still My Soul
Follow Christ
God of Earth
If You Have Faith
O God of Love
Keep Us Safe
O God of Life
God of Abraham
Cry for Justice
This is My Prayer
To Make You True
Where are You

 

† Carols (mp3)

Ding Dong
Coventry
Friendly Beasts
Lo a Rose
Patapan
What Child
Unto Us
Huron Carol
Jesus Born
Dark of Winter
Foom
All Mortal Flesh
Drummer Boy
Gabriel's Message
Hush My Dear
Infant Holy
Savior Come
We Three Kings

† Books

Faith, Belief, and Religion

Quest for Truth

Faith in Human Rights

Jerusalem Journal

Doing Ethics in a Diverse World

Doing Environmental Ethics

Magdalene's Gospel: A Love Story

Doing Health Ethics

Dialogue

Consciousness . . .

Eternal Love - I find verification of this eternal Love in the Near-Death Experiences of many persons including my father.

Evolving and Loving - Scientific evidence for One Mind that is evolving, loving, and eternal.

 

The Greatest Commandment

The greatest commandment does not call us to worship, but “to love justice, and to do mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”

Publications by Robert Traer 

Books, essays on religion, faith, and human rights.

                    Bob TraerStatement of Faith by Robert Traer

A caring family and friends continue to persuade me that love is life's greatest gift. I am grateful for all those who have shared this wonder with me, and bear witness that these loving persons include Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists, agnostics, and atheists, as well as Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians.  

I believe all we know and are, including our consciousness, our freedom, and our morality, comes from the way the cosmos is evolving. I look to scripture, science, literature, history, and religious experience for insight into this wondrous unfolding.

I am secular because I believe all human knowledge is limited and must be tested by experience and reasoning. This includes religious wisdom as well as scientific theories. I support secular government rather than religious government, as history reveals secular governments are more likely to protect our freedom to pursue the truth through open debate and the rule of law.

I am Christian because I "live and move and have my being" (Acts 17:28) within the witness of scripture and among those who follow the way of Jesus. I am grasped by the gospel call "to do justice, and to love mercy, and walk humbly with our God." (Micah 6:8)

I am a secular Christian because the Jesus of the New Testament gospels does not preach a religion but a way of life. Instead of describing how we should worship God, Jesus calls us to love God and our neighbors.

I put my trust in Jesus, Son of God, as a way of affirming no ruler or prophet is worthy of greater allegiance. I know, in Christ, life comes from and returns to eternal Love.

The New Testament stories of Jesus and his followers call me to be more forgiving and to struggle with others for justice and reconciliation. With humility, I embrace the hope that "those who abide in love abide in God." (1 John 4:16)

March 18, 2014

Biographical Information on Robert Traer

I have been married forty-five years to Nancy Traer, and we have five children, including two adopted daughters from Asia, and eight grandchildren. 

I served as the executive director of the International Association for Religious Freedom from 1990-2000, and in that capacity represented the work of the IARF on religious freedom at the United Nations. I teach online courses on ethics for the Dominican University of California.  In 2002 I was a Resident Scholar at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Israel. In the spring of 2005 I served with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Israel/Palestine, which is sponsored by the World Council of Churches. In June 2005 I participated in the Critical Moment Conference in Geneva convened by the World Council of Churches and drafted the conference report.

I am a retired minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a retired member of the Bar of the State of Colorado.  My essays on ethics are at http://doingethics.com and on religion and human rights are at http://religionhumanrights.com. These sites and the rest of my writing is accessible via http://doingfaith.com.

I have a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, a JD from the School of Law of the University of California at Davis, a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. 

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Helpful Books on the Bible

The commentary on the New Testament presented here does not  refer to any scholarly materials, because such studies enrich our understanding of the Bible but are not necessary. We can see for ourselves that the church in Jerusalem and Paul disagree about what should be required of Gentile converts and that the gospels differ factually and in the way each proclaims the good news. Also, it is clear that the Bible was written by human beings to express their faith and understanding. The New Testament may reveal to us the word of God, but it is not "the words" of God.

 

 

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