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Oklahoma's Top Court Says State Must Remove Ten Commandments Monument

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 27 (Reuters) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at it...

Earth 2.0: Good News for Our Understanding of God

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place

Scott Conroy

Huckabee: 'God Is Much More Real To Me Than The Clouds'

HuffingtonPost.com | Scott Conroy | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

FLORENCE, S.C. -- It’s no secret that Mike Huckabee is a religious man. An ordained Baptist minister, the former Arkansas governor has worn his ...

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

Why the Oldest Qur'an Is so Important for Muslims

Nafees Syed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Nafees Syed

Professor Thomas has sharply noted why this is discovery is so monumental for Muslims. It appears to affirm what Muslims to believe is the greatest miracle of Islam--that it is unchanged from its point of revelation and to the end of time.

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe. Perhaps you are not convinced. That is OK; let me speculate what would happen should we ever find evidence of life beyond earth even if you think such discovery unlikely.

Tat of Truth

Charlie Allenson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Charlie Allenson

There were two guys. Two regular, ordinary guys dressed in summer shirts. One guy had a hat. They were kicking back by the side of the road pretty muc...

How The 'Nones' Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

The "nones," or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing "faith" group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of ...

American Disability Act: Working Toward Welcome and Dignity for All

Lisa Cataldo | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Lisa Cataldo

The truth is that anyone who could be called "able-bodied" (or "able-minded") could at the next minute be not so. Our physical and mental abilities are extraordinarily fragile, and in every sense temporary.

Spewing Hate: I Support My Ex-Pastor's First Amendment Rights

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

He's not being persecuted, we're just both taking part in a time-honored practice called free speech. It's protected, and there's not a single reason to believe anyone is going to stop you or me from stating exactly what's on our minds unless we cross into the zones of harassment or personal defamation.

Dena Hobbs Talks Honestly on Faith and Anxiety

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Dena Hobbs is a minister, mother, wife, volunteer, yoga instructor and writer. I sat down to interview her about anxiety, a subject she and her husband, Jason, are committed to addressing with faith, love and candor.

Huston Smith Has Studied Religion All His Life and There's Something He Wants You to Know

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Huston Smith was 93-years-old, plagued by hearing loss, weakened eyesight, and debilitating osteoporosis. You'd think he'd be ready to take it easy.

I Really Like This Picture

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Bil Hitchcock

We need to figure this out how to do a little better than we have been doing... seeing this picture made me incredibly aware of that.

Arguing About Values, Not Facts (Parshat Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

As we read about and engage with the contentious issues that fill our Facebook feeds, and our other online and in-person conversations, we would do well not just to focus on factual disagreements, but to ask ourselves, "What are the values guiding this person's perspective?"

God or No God? -- The Real Fairytale

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

It is the person who passionately insists on no involvement of such a force that has to furnish evidence for their fairytale belief in magical ex-nihilo creation. Extraordinary claims do require extraordinary evidence.

Finding Myself on the Interior Journey

Quiet Revolution | Lacy Ellman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living

I grew up in a large evangelical church filled with constant activity. We’d gather twice on Sundays and once on Wednesday evenings for Sunday School...

The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

Mystical Summer Fun for Kids: Part II

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.

When War Becomes a Way of Life (2 Samuel 11:1-15)

Raj Nadella | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Raj Nadella

This week's text -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- suggests that the phenomenon of ordinary people being asked to fight unnecessary wars initiated by people in power is not entirely modern

Muslim Prisoners Say They Are Forced To Compromise Beliefs In Miami-Dade Prisons

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

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I am a Christian. You Are Something Else.

Scott Terry | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.

You Don't Own Marriage: An Open Letter to Bishop Thomas

Shannon Deep | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Shannon Deep

I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...

Bono Is Still Working Through the Guilt All People Feel Who Believe in a Higher Purpose

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

You got a problem with world peace? What's the new U2 show finally about? The inherent value of beauty. Period.

The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...

Texas Residents Attempt To Block Plan For Muslim Cemetery

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.19.2015 | Religion

A family gathers in prayer as they visit a family member buried in the Islamic Garden at Restland Cemetery Friday, July 17, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Phot...