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Religion in America

Perspectives on Oprah's BELIEF series

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

What we need now is a bigger story, an overarching perspective that includes ALL these BELIEFs. A few people in our society are arriving at this broader perspective, but so far, most of our mainstream society proceeds unaware of its possibilities.

American Religion: Less is More

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

For most of American history, "religion" equaled Christianity. Christians understood that the only true "religion" was theirs, and other forms of faith, belief, spirituality, and so on, were pagan, heathen, mistaken, corrupted, and so on.

Theology in the Hands of Racist Colonialists

Craig Luekens | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Craig Luekens

I know that the Church has committed untold amounts of suffering and evil in the name of Christ. (There is no religion, philosophy, or worldview, for that matter, that hasn't, all to greater or lesser degrees of distortion).

Is Religiosity Declining Or Simply Transforming?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion

As studies indicate that the American public is becoming less religious, Diana Butler Bass, the author of the newly-published book G...

Room: Hope, Fairytales, and Faith

Kutter Callaway | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

Room presents viewers with an important question--one that, at least in my mind, is profoundly religious in nature, even theological. That is, why do we tell fairytales? I don't mean the Disney-fied kind. I mean the ones that are found in the pages of the Grimm brother's collection.

How The Catholic Church In America Is Doing On The Eve Of Pope Francis's Visit

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis will arrive in the United States to find a Catholic church playing a prominent role in American life, with a vast ...

The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

I'm getting ready to teach religion and sexuality in the fall. Is it "relevant"? Does it have "practical" value? Is it a "stepping stone" to adult professional life? To help answer these urgent questions, I present my top five reasons to study religion.

The Charleston Tragedy: A Conversation on Faith and Forgiveness

Katharine Rose | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

The ability of the Charlestonians and the affected family members to so readily forgive their perpetrator is not an indication of an apathetic people, nor does it signal the ease with which one is able to forgive. Rather, it is a manifestation of how strong their faith really is.

Was Jesus Racist?

Trudy Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Trudy Smith

It's a strange encounter, one that I have never heard discussed in a sermon. Christian doctrine professes that Jesus is fully God and fully human, but getting into the messy implications of the Messiah's human side can make for an uncomfortable Bible study

Americans Are Less Confident In Organized Religion Than Ever Before

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the church could be “losing its footing a...

Evangelicals' Claims of Conservative Supremacy Are Overstated

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

"To (millennials), 'religion' means 'Republican,' 'intolerant,' and 'homophobic, since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves -- or wish to be seen by their peers -- as religious."

America Is Getting Less Christian And Less Religious, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion

Even though some politicians claim America is a "Christian nation," the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantl...

The Pains of Hijacking the Muslim American Narrative

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

I am not going to apologize for being Muslim, or for any crime I did not commit, no matter how seasoned and convincing the imposters of Islam have become, because an apology for a crime I did not commit, is insulting to my intellect and yours.

All that Really Matters in Any Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials non-essentials all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.

White Christians Are Now A Minority In 19 States

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The notion of America as a mostly white, mostly Christian country is rapidly becoming a fact for the history books. “The U.S. religious lan...

Janie Velencia

An Officially Christian America Sounds Just Right To Most Republicans | Janie Velencia | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

Republican Party candidates like to say that America is a Christian nation. It turns out most Republicans are willing to make that official. Fifty-...

Women-only Mosque: 7 Important Considerations

Hussam Ayloush | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Hussam Ayloush

Last week, a group of Muslim women launched a new Women's Mosque of America project in Los Angeles and held its first women-only Friday congregational prayer.

12 Essentialist Oversimplifications About Religion Badly in Need of Theory

Kate Blanchard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Many of us are willing to ignore the overwhelming evidence that human nature and history are irreducibly complex, in favor of bedtime stories that let us sleep better at night. We blame the worst stuff on religion and dream of a better world without it.

Happy 15th Anniversary, Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Fifteen years ago, the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing was published in a full page ad in the New York Times, surrounded by the names of more than 800 of the country's leading religious leaders.

10 Telling Numbers About The State Of Faith In America This Year

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not a...

'Ohana No Ka Oi: Our All-American-Non-Religious Christmas Ritual

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

'Ohana is a Hawaiian word that means family but includes the distant relatives with whom one shares important things. In the past, this would mean resources such as land and crops. Today it means something different, at least to us, or at least to me.

The Ever-Growing Religious Movement That Doesn't Get Enough Attention

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

Along with politics, poverty and culture, religion is often cited as a source of conflict throughout the world. However, the last 100 years reveal a ...

Buddhist in America

Nathan Gauer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Nathan Gauer

Growing up in a Buddhist family in Virginia in the '80s, I was often on the defensive about my family's beliefs. It was not unusual to be shunned by other kids because I did not believe in God the same way they'd been taught in church.

Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

Jesus Spoke to Me: the Only Story You Need to Read Today

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

Okay, okay, I know the title of my blog sounds pretty crazy to some, but trust me I'm about to tell you a truthful account of the day Jesus spoke to m...