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Religion in America

God, The Celebrity

Eliza Wood | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

The religious and irreligious alike will likely continue to be outraged by some of God's portrayals from whatever media they emerge. But with built-in audiences from here to forever, Hollywood won't be killing off God any time soon.

WATCH LIVE: The Next Christians

Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion

Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons represent the diversity within American evangelicalism that is lost in coverage of Christian voters and candidates. Gabe Ly...

The Fundamentally Toxic Christianity

John Shore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
John Shore

The one thing I do want to say for anyone just making their way out of the darkness of Independent Fundamental Baptists is this: that you once so thoroughly bought into IFB is a sign of your strength, not your weakness.

Prayerful Reflections On September 11th

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Every anniversary of this tragic day, I make a habit to set aside a substantial amount of time for myself and pray. My immediate prayers always go for the victims of these reprehensible attacks.

Interfaith Misunderstanding In America

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Interfaith misunderstanding is a contagious disease. Misunderstanding among "us" begets hostility against "them," and hostility against "them" begets more hostility. As the global fever of interfaith hostility rises, everybody potentially finds himself in somebody's crosshairs.

Why No One Cares About The White Jesus Of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

Paul Harvey | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Paul Harvey

Jeremiah Wright's sermons about a black Jesus killed by white Romans nearly derailed his former parishioner Barack Obama's candidacy. The white Jesus of Mitt Romney's Mormon culture, by contrast, has raised no cultural firestorm. It is hardly even noticed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is The Answer To The Christian Right

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

The mayor of New York City is the most intuitively secular thinker in America's leadership class. But this does not mean that he is in any way opposed to religion.

Republicans Use Religion As A Political Tool

John W. McCarthy | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

The Republican Right has taken a break from their busy schedule of cutting services to poor people to tackle another hard hitting issue: The Democratic Platform didn't originally mention God once.

One Nation Under God -- Not!

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Phil Zuckerman

At last week's Republican National Convention, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was loud and clear: What makes us Americans is our shared belief in God. He's wrong.

A Call To Transform Politics

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself." In a Democratic Republic, our politics have the power to love, hurt or even oppress our neighbor.

The Growing Contemporary Church

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church.

Religious Freedom At The 2012 DNC: Day 1

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What stayed with me the most from yesterday's interviews was that everyone took for granted that religion would play a major role in the election and assumed that regardless of who the candidates were, you would still see religious people vote the way they've always voted.

Concerns About Mitt Romney's Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

In his convention speech, Mitt Romney made very little of his Mormon faith, his work in the church or how that church might influence how he sees his relationship between God and the nation. And perhaps because of this, his "narrative" was dangerously idolatrous.

Why A Candidate's Religion Matters

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

If a candidate were proclaimed an ambassador of the Roman Catholic church or of the South or of the Ivy League educated, wouldn't we insist upon knowing exactly what this meant before we sent the man to the White House?

How To Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened In Just 10 Quick Questions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk.

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.