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Religion in America

Why I Fell In Love With Joseph Smith But Couldn't Commit To Mormonism

Jane Barnes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Jane Barnes

It was Joseph's ingenuity and rebelliousness that had drawn me in, and his religious vision that had brought me to the precipice. Since that's what I'd come for, I knew I could not stay.

Was There A Miracle At Philadelphia?

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

James Madison marveled over what unfolded at Philadelphia all those years ago. If not a miracle, then it was a consummation devoutly to be wished. To paraphrase Franklin: We will do well if we keep faith with it.

Back To Church Again

Mark Sandlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.

Islam, Muslims And The 2012 Elections

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

One of the most telling indicators of whether we will focus on real American issues or lose sight is the way in which Islam as a religion and Muslims, especially Muslim Americans, will be discussed as part of this election process.

Crossing The Boundaries Of Faith To Fight Poverty

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We don't always see eye to eye, but there is no reason why people of good will cannot partner with people of good faith.

Native American Christianity: Through Bullets And Arrows To Peace

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Like the proverbial "ducks out of water," Native Christians captured by a Western worldview are against the use of any form of Native American cultural expressions of faith. On the other hand, those who reclaim a vision of Christ in our culture celebrate joy and homecoming.

Buddhas In The West: Even Bill Clinton Turns Toward Meditation

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Lam

I take it as some cosmic law of exchange that if Disneyland pops up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Buddhist temples can sprout up in Los Angeles. Indeed, it comes as no surprise to many Californians the most complex Buddhist city in the world is here.

Leading With A Human Voice: How to Talk About Religion At Work

Liz Ryan | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Liz Ryan

I don't want people to feel like they can't talk about their faith in the office, but even more than that I don't want other people to feel preached to.

Romney And The Republicans: Outsourcing Religion

Randall Balmer | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Randall Balmer

Heading into the fall campaign, many evangelicals remain wary, or at least unenthusiastic, about the presumptive Republican nominee. Tapping an evangelical for running mate might have assuaged their anxieties.

In Defense Of The Southern Poverty Law Center

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

To my friends in the evangelical community, what happened at the headquarters of the Family Research Council was a despicable act of violence, but please don't use what happened as a pretext to exact vengeance against groups like the SPLC.

Presidential Candidates Speak Openly About Religion

Cathedral Age | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion

Washington National Cathedral’s magazine, Cathedral Age, asked President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney an identical set of questions about t...

Far Too Little Sabbath In The Sabbath

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Sabbatical is about rest and recuperation. It is about communing with God in a restorative way. For a lot of church-going people that is not the way they would describe Sunday mornings.

Does Megachurch 'High' Explain Their Success?

Religion News Service | Chris Lisee | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses -- just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that wo...

Dear Neighbor: The Hope Of Interfaith Cooperation

Usra Ghazi | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Usra Ghazi

I wonder, if you and I were singing the song of interfaith cooperation outside my mosque on Friday night, would that guy have put down his weapon? The cynic in me doubts he would care. But the Muslim in me won't let him drown out our choir.

Persistent Dialogue: A Tale Of Two Women

Kari Ansari | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Kari Ansari

When she began this exchange she did not think of me as living, breathing woman with a real life. She may not have known any Muslims before. By engaging with her, now she knows me.

Interfaith Dialogue or Delusion?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

In recent events, vigils and prayer meetings following, marking and responding to the horrific murders at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin there were many who beat the inter-religious/interfaith dialogue drum

Your Religion Hurts

David Duran | Posted 10.15.2012 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Here is my message to my Christian friends: If you love us so much and support us wholeheartedly, then stand up for us. Do not allow the fanatics to taint your goodness. That is precisely what is happening.

Our Inner Puritans

Matthew Hutson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

Americans are the most individualistic people in the world. This may be a remnant of the Protestant rejection of church hierarchy and emphasis on a personal relationship with God.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

Sacred Ground: The Promise Of America

Eboo Patel | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Religious pluralism is at the heart of the American tradition, a value inscribed in our soil from the very beginning. America's promise is to guarantee equal rights for all identities.

The Politics Of Prayer

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

While I might accept the sincerity of Billy Graham's ministry, I find his call for repentance in the middle of our current election year to be disingenuous and wholly political.

The Sikh Identity Embodied By Women

Gunisha Kaur | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Gunisha Kaur

Sikh women, some with their turbans, some with their long hair in buns and braids, are perhaps less identifiable in this struggle against hate. But standing alongside their community, they have been equally impacted by the violence.

Thousands Honor Sikh Temple Victims In Wisconsin

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion

Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a...

The Sikh Tragedy: Bridging An Interfaith Gap

Rupinder Mohan Singh | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rupinder Mohan Singh

During that Sunday, we saw bridge being formed. The tragedies of this shooting occur at many levels. Of primary importance are the victims, survivors and the heroic police officers that risked their lives to stop this madman. They are in my prayers. On another level, it is also a tragedy that it took a mass murder to bring the Sikh community and their plight into the national discussion. This is where we find ourselves today.

What I Said To The Sikh Community In Charlotte, N.C.

Steve Knight | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Steve Knight

It's so easy to stay in our own cultural and religious bubbles and not reach out to make connections with those who are not like us. But I'm grateful today for those in my life who have opened my eyes, including my Sikh friends. Because of them, I can testify to the truth that we are all connected.