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Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is within this new emergence an affinity for those matters of social and personal justice, compassion, spiritual wholeness and unity within and among all people and faiths. These were the obsessions of Jesus while here on earth.

America's Perception Of Muslims Needs To Change

Dr. Zahid Bukhari | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Dr. Zahid Bukhari

As violence proliferates abroad we must ask ourselves a question: How is this affecting the image of millions of Muslim Americans who live here in the U.S.?

It's Time To Get To Know The 'Nones'

Chris Stedman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

In a time when debates about same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, capital punishment, epidemic hunger and even Big Bird dominate American discourse, it is of paramount importance that we understand the values held by the religiously unaffiliated.

Meet John Q. Nones: A Profile Of The Fast-Growing Religiously Unaffiliated

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Meet John Q. Nones, a young, white male who is making a big impression on the American religious landscape for something he doesn't do: align wi...

Let's Stop Our Unchristian Politics

Greg Garrett | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Our process of making decisions that involve our faith and our civic life is flawed almost beyond repair, and our focus on what we consider Christian issues instead of on doing politics in a Christian fashion has brought us to this point of division.

Sexual Misconduct And The American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Kate Bowler

Every Sunday, millions of American Christians attend a megachurch that preaches a "prosperity gospel" of health, wealth and happiness. But in this era of supersized banks and corporations, prosperity megachurches have become just another organization that assumes it is too big to fail.

Open Mosque Day 2012

Megan Sweas | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Eleven years after 9/11, bigots continue to promote the idea that American Muslims plan to convert us all by sword and impose sharia, Islamic law, on America. But the Muslim American community has opened its doors. It's up to us to see where they may lead.

'One Film 9/11' Can Make A Difference

Craig Considine | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Craig Considine

We learned through "Innocence of Muslims" that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for another film to make a difference -- for the better.

Hundreds Of U.S. Pastors Back Political Candidates, Defy Tax Rules

Reuters | Nanette Byrnes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Oct 7 (Reuters) - Baptist Pastor Mark Harris stood before his flock in North Carolina on Sunday and joined hundreds of other U.S. re...

Fighting False Balance In The Media

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reports on Catholicism are especially vulnerable to false balance, and often it is achieved through manipulation of the name "Catholic" and religious symbols such as veils and Roman collars.

Attack Of The Spiritual But Not Religious

Kate Blanchard | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Alan Miller hopes for a humanist culture full of "inspiring alternatives" that "inspire and engage," and in which people's ethics and behaviors are built on, as he puts it, "something beyond themselves." It seems to me that this will require making room for SBNRs.

What Are The Religious Issues To Watch For In The Debates?

Lee Jefferson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Lee Jefferson

The two candidates, Obama and Romney, both claim to be committed Christians. With Romney's Mormonism, observers of the election are wondering, "When will the Mormon card be played, or will it be played before November?"

BibliFact Roundup: Conventional Snippets Of Uplift And Hope

Timothy Beal | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Timothy Beal

The Bible possesses a kind of iconic power in American culture that has little to do with its contents. Indeed, sometimes its contents and its iconicity clash.

Spiritual But Not Religious: The Worst of All Worlds

Alan Miller | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Alan Miller

Selecting a superficial mixture of "nice-feeling" items from Yoga to a slice of Zen and a moment of Tao is hardly progressive as far as options for humanity is concerned. They have jettisoned the hard work, diligence and observation of organized religion for a me-me-me what-ever kind of lifestyle

Most Americans Doubt Scientology Is A 'Real' Religion

Reuters | Chris Michaud | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Most Americans do not think Scientology is a true religion, more people would prefer to win an Olympic gold medal than a Pulitzer prize an...

Wisconsin Killings: Threatening Clouds, Silver Linings

I.J. Singh | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
I.J. Singh

I look at the Wisconsin killings and their price and value to Sikhs. At a personal human level the price of each life is awesome; it can never be met. But the greater national sensitivity and awareness that has resulted is of inestimable value

Anti-Islamic, Yes, But It Is Also Just A Film

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

This question hinges on whether "Innocence of Muslims" is a form of expression that incites physical violence. That, it seems to me, is were the real argument lies.

The Truth About The Trail Of Tears And Christianity

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

When it comes to America's Indigenous peoples, Christianity has done much wrong. At no time should anyone have been making decisions for people in sovereign aboriginal nations. Likewise, Indigenous followers of the Jesus Way should not be presumed upon by saying they have all been brainwashed.

Are You Game?

Lamar Vest | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

For years, the Bible has been found in a variety of places: in churches (naturally), in hotel rooms, in prison cells, on battlefields, just to name a few. Now the Bible is taking center stage in an unlikely place: your TV.

The Real Values Voters Summit

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

We are all values voters. Our values come from the core teachings of our various religious traditions. We share a core set of religious beliefs and values that should guide our votes in this election and in every election.

Movie Questions Hell As Place Of Eternal Torment

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — How can a loving God send people, even bad people, to a place of eternal torment? A new documentary struggles with questions ...

Jewish High Holidays: Time To Reflect And Stop Hate Crimes In America

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

It is appropriate that during this time the U.S. Senate will address ways in which all communities can flourish in America. In light of the recent and horrific hate violence, it is in solidarity that I welcome the U.S. Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism.

Survey: Americans Overstate Size Of Religious Minorities

Religion News Service | Jeanie Groh | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such...

AmeriCorps Chaplaincy: A Call To Clergy

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

The AmeriCorps Chaplaincy is an idea based on the realities of these experiences and the need to intentionally reach out to and be present for these volunteers. It's amazing how receptive people are if you are open, vulnerable, genuine and there to do what you can

Red Hook Summer

Sharief Easterling | Posted 11.13.2012 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

Spike's track record speaks for itself, he continuously pushes the envelope by tackling the social and political issues that are prevalent within the African American community. So do the right thing and go see Red Hook Summer. No pun intended.