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Religion in America

Ordinary Muslims Doing Extraordinary Things

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Does a reference to Muslims trigger thoughts of folks organizing food pantries, park cleanups and low-cost health clinics? Do you envision a helping hand? Allow me to introduce you.

Emerson's Declaration of Spiritual Independence

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This was radical stuff in pre-Civil War America. Emerson was essentially turning religion 180 degrees on its axis. Instead of a deity presiding over creation from somewhere up there, divinity was here, there and everywhere.

A Future Church Together

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Two women church leaders I know are deliberately innovative in opening up new vistas of faith. They represent a vision (and also perhaps a coming reality) of a future church.

Take This Job And Love It: Faith And Happiness In The Workplace

David Briggs | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

After deciding whether and whom to marry, the choice of a job or career is the next major life decision most likely to be influenced by faith, according to a new study.

Islamophobia, Sikhophobia And Media Profiling

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

The first casualty of a hate crime in post-9/11 America was a Sikh-American named Balbir Singh Sodhi. According to official reports, his murderer said he killed Sodhi because "he was dark-skinned, bearded, and wore a turban."

I'm A Values Voter, Too

Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D.

I am a religious person. I believe in God, the Bible is a core touchstone of my life, and I strive to live my life in accordance with the Bible's precepts, commandments and values. I am also a left-wing, liberal, scientifically minded Jewish woman.

As Episcopalians Gather, A Vision For A Bottom-up Church

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

One blessed result of nearly 30 years of tumult and controversy is that the Episcopal Church now stands unquestionably for a progressive vision of the Christian message.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

Including Ourselves: A Lesson From An Elevator-Ride

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

It's not uncommon for kids to ask their parents about "that thing" on my head. In most instances, the parents look at me uncomfortably, embarrassed that I might be offended in some way. But recently I had the most amazing experience.

Religious Freedom In The Country’s Founding Moments

Michael Meyerson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Michael Meyerson

Those who founded our nation feared divisiveness, sectarian violence and intolerance, yet they also believed that religion could help unify a diverse nation.

Reborn on the 4th of July

Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
 Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac

God came into my life because I allowed it to happen. I had no choice but to respond to the call of discipleship; to pick up my cross, I had to put down my gun.

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

Obama And Romney Should Run On Religion

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Religion is a low priority among voters this year, especially when compared with the economy. And both candidates are acting in ways that will make 2012 the most secular presidential campaign in years.

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

Freedom On Trial

James Robison | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The freedom we have enjoyed is on trial and we are witnessing the destruction of it because too many Americans fail to understand the binding link between liberty and personal responsibility.

Washington’s Letter To Jews Highlight of Religious Freedom Exhibit

The Jewish Daily Forward | Paul Berger | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

By Paul Berger The Forward Imagine a country where Jews are prevented from serving as lawyers, where men must swear on the New Testament to enter ...

Is It Time To Reconsider The Term Islamist?

David Briggs | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The modern use of the term Islamist is a Western creation, but it was adopted by many with the intent of providing a more accurate label for Muslims seeking to integrate their faith into public life.

8 Reasons Religion Will Help Define The Path To The White House

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As sophisticated and postmodern as Americans believe themselves to be, a Gallop poll in 2011 revealed that 20 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats will not vote for a Mormon.

10 Things You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

To hear the dire warnings of conservatives, you would think that religious liberty in this country is hanging by a thread. Such claims are apocalyptic. They are also wrong.

How Religious Are Americans, Really?!

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion remains stronger here than in Europe whether one looks at objective evidence or self reports. But that is not saying much.

Hungering For The Spiritual In Culture?

Greg Perreault | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In the religious landscape, one of the most interesting changes in our society is the growing number of "Nones" -- people who are unaffiliated religiously but may still believe in a God. Two books I've read recently are emblematic of this.

Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Zinnia Jones

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

Getting Churchy In A Time Of Chaos And Hate

Gary Nelson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Gary Nelson

Always one to tell others that religion has been a crutch for the weak and the cause of everything abhorrent, I had to eat a little crow. I found something I was looking for in the most unlikely of places.

A New World

Richard Brand | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

My neighbors are not happy. But the removal of the public support for the Christian faith is good news for the Christian community.