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Transpartisanship and the Conversion of Political Conflict

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

The current presidential campaign exposes extreme partisanship as our political normality. Reminiscent of the classic "boiling frog" metaphor, what on...

Strategies for Growing the Transhumanism Movement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.05.2016 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Future Transhumanist City -- Image by Sam Howzit Transhumanism--the international movement that aims to use science and technology to improve the h...

The Power of Prayer

Lukonde Mulenga | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Lukonde Mulenga

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly tough for me. I have been straddled with the burden of stress so much so that it started to affect my ph...

How Television (and Plays) Can Change the Religion/Science Discussion

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Can drama change the way we talk about religion and science? A fan of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" and a former theater professional believe so. As pa...

3 Steps To Becoming a Happier Person

Kiara Williams | Posted 02.05.2016 | College
Kiara Williams

Inevitably, we compare ourselves to others, and it makes us question our self-worth and capabilities. Here are a few simple tips to making you a happier person:

President Obama's Lessons on Religious Freedom

Michael Stark | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Michael Stark

For a man whose personal beliefs have been called into question countless times, we all have something to learn from President Obama's faith and unequivocal endorsement of the freedom of religion.

Marco Rubio Slams Obama's Speech On Fighting Islamophobia

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) somehow found a way to criticize President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday deno...

Teaching With Patience and Presence (Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Teaching, mentoring, and providing guidance and support to young people who are trying to find their way in a complex world requires sustained presence, patience, persistence, and compassion. The same is true for learners at any stage of life.

Onward Christian Soldiers?

David Stebenne | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
David Stebenne

Senator Ted Cruz's victory in the Iowa Republican Caucus was built upon the strong support of white, evangelical Christian voters who made up approximately 60 percent of those participating in that contest.

Abrahamic Feminisms

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

Since feminism's second wave, feminist scholars and activists in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, have been developing strategies for scrutinizing the status of women in our traditions and pressing for women's equality.

A Response to Stewart Lawrence, From a 'Conservative' Yogi

Amy K. Mitchell | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy K. Mitchell

Yoga is not conservative or liberal. It crosses partisan lines. Who does not want to feel better about themselves, both mentally and physically? For if you don't care for yourself, do you have any right to assume the power to care for another?

Hijabi Fangirls -- We're Out There

Walaa Chahine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Women
Walaa Chahine

Yup, that's me imitating Nick Offerman at BookCon 2015. As a fangirl, I was ecstatic that a photo of me made it to the official gallery of a convention. As a Muslim fangirl, I was proud. It's not every day that a hijabi is portrayed as part of the fangirl experience.

Is Star Wars a Religion?

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

It took me several days to admit on social media that I was not a fan of the new Star Wars movie. But, with every outlet extolling the brilliance of the film, the iconoclast in me couldn't resist adding my unsolicited opinion to the fray.

The Faith of the Martian

Micah Redding | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion
Micah Redding

For the early Christians, their faith wasn't about a list of intellectual points they all agreed on. Their faith was in the promise that through Jesus, God was recreating the world. Their faith meant a choice, every day, to live as if that promise made sense, as if the real power in the world was seen in compassion rather than in violence.

Immigration News Roundup: Middle East Refugees Are Still New Kids on the Western Block

Michael Wolfe | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

In recent years, globalization, terrorism, shrinking job markets, and the Great Recession have challenged immigration policies everywhere.

Utopia: Sex, God, and Marriage

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and of loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the s...

Is the Church of England Fit for Purpose?

Casper ter Kuile | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Casper ter Kuile

Rather than assuming it knows what people need, the church should ask and listen. Then, with courage and creativity, can the church strengthen once again -- purposeful and alive.

America's Exceptionalism for a Muslim Family

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

The current political dialogue and debate of the 2016 presidential election has propelled the issue of merit and demerit of Moslems entering and resid...

Muslim Protectors: The Untold Story of the Holocaust

Wardah Khalid | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

There are many stories of Muslims protecting Jews during the Holocaust, something that the I Am Your Protector (IAYP) campaign, which organized the event, aims to increase awareness of.

Christians Should Vote for Competence, Not Faithfulness

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With the Iowa caucuses upon us, it seems like every Republican tramping through the snow claims to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christian. Some trot out their parents; others offer personal conversion stories. Some defend persecuted Christians; others explain their policies in Biblical terms. It's a fruitless exercise.

Surviving Parenting in the 21st Century: Guiding Millennials in a Post-Racial and Anti-Religious Society

Jenny Triplett | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Jenny Triplett

Those are my babies, even though they are 22, 24 & 26, they will forever be my babies. Whenever I hear about a cop shooting an unarmed Black man, my heart goes out to that mother because I feel as if that could have been my baby

Bernie Sanders Reflects a Changing U.S. Religiosity

David Shorter | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
David Shorter

After Bernie Sanders said his religious beliefs were nondenominational, it took 48 hours for a major news outlet, the Washington Post, to question whether Bernie Sanders could win a general election with his unconventional religious affiliation.

Scientific Literacy, Religion and the Fate of the World

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Science
Mike Sandler

The election year of 2016 will present opportunities to bring scientific literacy into the debates around climate change and more. The future of our democracy may depend on raising the level of scientific literacy, not only among the population of voters, but among the candidates.

Opening Doors

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Serving someone is not the same as saying, "You can't do this for yourself." That's not it. Being a servant is saying, "I serve you in order to honor you." I think our society is losing track of this idea of being a servant leader by loving and honoring our neighbor.

Four, Three, Two Days to Iowa

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

To Iowa? That sounds like travel not time. We know what the media means. Or do we? I live in Iowa. So, a few things I would like to say "on the way to Iowa" from one who is already here: Misconceptions about Iowa; Curiosity about a Caucus; Disbelief about Participatory Democracy; and Even the children, Especially the children.