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The Coming Renaissance of Liberal Religious Life

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

This is liberal religion's moment, if only liberal religious leaders will be wise enough to seize it. Americans are changing in dramatic ways on social issues, mostly for the good.

Our Kids and Theirs

Martin Marty | Posted 06.07.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Social scientists of some sorts often alienate audiences and readerships when they choose to speak or write in dense and turgid phrases. But perceptive and phrase-making Putnam can hold his own with eloquent peers when gathering resources, summoning data, or framing an argument.

Why Interfaith Efforts Matter More Than Ever

Eboo Patel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders, to signal clearly that the worst elements of every tradition represent nobody.

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.

Ask Pastor Paul: Can I Offer Words From My Pagan Tradition At My Christian Mother's Memorial Service?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Is the purpose of the funeral to respect the harmony of the majority or to allow each individual to grieve in the manner that best fits them?

The Link Between Education And Views Of Heaven

Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion

By Cathy Lynn Grossman USA Today (RNS) The old wisdom: The more educated you are, the less likely you will be religious. But a new study says educ...

America The Mystical: Oh Beautiful For Spacious Minds

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The fastest growing category of American religion, particularly among young adults, is "spiritual but not religious." That the land of the free gave birth to such a designation makes perfect sense.

What If Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

American culture had definitively shifted away from the old stereotypes. Jews are no longer the Other. We are not strangers in a strange land.

What Saying Grace Says About You

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

My Republican brother-in-law always holds hands when we say grace. My Democrat brother-in-law gives these thoughtful, heartfelt graces that make me cry. I love them both.

Knowing Your Neighbor Is A Powerful Force For Religious Civility

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

America's ability to foster and create webs of interlocking personal relationships among people of many different faiths is the key to solving the puzzle of religious pluralism.

Young People And The Future Of Religion

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

For too long, the church has reflected the miscommunication and polarization of society. Life isn't about being right or wrong, Democrat or Republican, Catholic or Protestant. It's about engaging the world's moral questions.

How, Or If, You Give Thanks Speaks Volumes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Whether it's a mere "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub," or a more solemn supplication, millions of Amer...

Do Religious People Make Easy Targets For Scams?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff bilked billions of dollars out of thousands of fellow Jews, in...