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Religion in America

The Pains of Hijacking the Muslim American Narrative

Marwa Azab | Posted 03.11.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials unity...in non-essentials liberty...in 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Definitely, I'm a Spiritual Girl With Both Light and Dark Roots

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.18.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

There's no right or wrong, to each his or her own, and there's little to no judgment. So whether you believe in a creator, have a different religion or are an atheist -- it really doesn't bother me. I'm OK with you, and what you choose to believe in or not believe in

Why I Believe This Image Is Really 'God,' Not God-zilla

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I have to say I'm more than amused by the collection of answers received on what other people think they see in this image of clouds. I've heard it all.

Coffee Hour -- America's True Religion

Jim Burklo | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

If you want to comprehend the politics of American religion, "coffee hour" is a first course.

'God' and Angel in Photograph of Clouds Over Cape Coral, Florida

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is.

What Are the Most Common Religions Where You Live?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Though most Americans identify as Christian (more than three quarters, according to the survey), there are at least 236 discernable faith groups in the U.S., according to an earlier study by the ASARB.

Myth or Method in Religious Education

Randall Frederick | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Randall Frederick

In a failed economy, at a time when several studies show interest in religion on the decline, why would anyone devote time, energy, and money to studying theology?

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. A...

Steinsaltz Biography On the Rebbe Enlightens Followers

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

Unlike Samuel Heilman's "The Rebbe" and Joseph Telushkin's upcoming book "Rebbe," much of Steinsaltz's work is based on his own personal experiences, perceptions and interactions with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Chabad movement.

Why SCOTUS' Prayer Ruling White-Washes Religion

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

It's a hollow kind of freedom that allows people to practice whatever faith they choose but says they must sit nicely through the Christian worship regardless.

How Hispanics Are Changing Religion In The U.S.

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 04.18.2014 | Latino Voices

Latinos are dramatically remaking religion in America, even in the Catholic Church where they are making an impact not only in growing numbers but als...

Are the Spiritual but Not Religious Turning East?

Linda Mercadante | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Linda Mercadante

Are we seeing a "turn to the East" among those people unaffiliated with any particular organized religion, especially those who self-identify as "spiritual but not religious?" I don't think so. Of course, the influence of America's increasing religious diversity is evident.

Religions Can Criticize Each Other, so Why Isn't It OK for Atheists to Criticize Religion?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders perpetuate a double standard that paints humanists as outliers, they do a disservice to all.