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Religion in America

Freedom Of Religion According To Thomas Jefferson

Christopher Rollston | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Christopher Rollston

It will come as no surprise that Thomas Jefferson was criticized in his own day for his views of religion, including his belief in the freedom of religion.

Love and Justice in the Age of Trump

Rabbi Shai Held | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Shai Held

How does one live a life of the spirit in times like these? The road ahead will be long, and at moments, no doubt, it will also be dark. In just a f...

Stealing Our Rama: Appropriation And Privilege In The Asian Art Museum's Ramayana Exhibit

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 12.16.2016 | Arts
Vamsee Juluri

First, A Salutation to Hanuman Hanuman, the "monkey grammarian" of Octavio Paz's book by the same name, stands beautifully in the Asian Art Museum in...

Out Beyond Ideas: A Field of Empathy in Response to Violence

Joel Gruber | Posted 10.26.2016 | Religion
Joel Gruber

This piece was written by Dr. Susie Paulik Babka, daughter of Larry Paulik, who, along with four others, was killed by a motorist in Kalamazoo while ...

The Trump Bible

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Donald Trump daily consults holy writ. Perhaps you knew. But did you know that crafty theo-politicos stole Mr. Trump's Bible and discreetly replaced i...

Abandoning the Old Gods, Manufacturing New Ones

Joel Gruber | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Joel Gruber

In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, American Gods, a fictitious god named Wednesday bemoans the capricious nature of American worship: "This is a bad land for gods ... the old gods are ignored. The new gods are as quickly taken up as they are abandoned, cast aside for the next big thing."

America, This Is A Test

Catherine Orsborn | Posted 08.19.2016 | Religion
Catherine Orsborn

As we move toward the presidential election, we can expect more politicized responses to the turmoil and tragedies in our world. Reactions that target and isolate people based on their religious identity or racial or ethnic background do not make us safer or stronger.

Bad News About One Muslim American Is Bad News For All Muslims

The Conversation US | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
The Conversation US

Because so few Americans personally know Muslims, media depictions of them as terrorists are especially potent, leading many to believe that all Muslims are terrorists.

Father's Day Observation

Richard Brand | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Richard Brand

In my forty years of ministry, the day never became a day to recognize all those who were dads and to have them stand and be recognized. I have never heard any young man complain about being left out or ignored on Father's Day because they have not become a father.

Why Can't a Jew Sing About Jesus?

Ted Merwin | Posted 05.13.2017 | Religion
Ted Merwin

While I've been in church only a few times in my life, I love it. This might seem bizarre coming from someone whose whole personal and professional life revolves around being Jewish, and who serves as a Jewish role model to college students on campus.

Are Nones the 'Missing Link' in Contemporary Religion?

Elizabeth Drescher | Posted 04.22.2017 | Religion
Elizabeth Drescher

If chimpanzees -- our nearest evolutionary relatives--are expressing an inherent primate religiosity with these stone gathering rituals, might it be the case that we share a genetic predisposition for religion?

Muslim Students Spread Message of Love Following Recent Attacks

Rose Deighton | Posted 03.30.2017 | Religion
Rose Deighton

At a time when fear and uncertainty give rise to quick and sometimes unfounded judgements, this video reminds us that we are united by our humanity.

Keep Religious Views Out of Politics! (Unless I Agree With Them!)

Pete Williamson | Posted 01.25.2017 | Religion
Pete Williamson

I think our society more truly revealed itself when the Pope came to visit last year. We simultaneously had both liberals and conservatives rushing to claim the Pope as one of their own, while quickly dismissing anything they disagreed with under the premise that "religion should keep out of politics."

The One Thing That Can Break Down Religious Barriers For Good

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion

"Is there hair under [your hijab]?" "Are there black Buddhists?" "[People suggested] I couldn't have a concept of right or wrong without a perception ...

2015: The Year in Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Overall, I'd say this year has been a mixed bag for religion. But then again, I'd have to say that every year throughout human history religious acts and beliefs have brought both bad and good to communities of people across the globe. America in 2015 is no different.

Perspectives on Oprah's BELIEF series

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.16.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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 Grounded, told Huff...

Room: Hope, Fairytales, and Faith

Kutter Callaway | Posted 10.28.2016 | 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.

The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 08.03.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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."