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Gun Control, Religion And Abortion

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

What's the relationship between gun control, religion and views on abortion? A new survey sheds some light, while a Washington, D.C. minister vows to continue his fight against gun violence through forging a "cross lobby" for gun control.

Lessons in Letting Go: A Lost Brother and a Missing Caravaggio

Julie Genovese | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Genovese

I study the painting, the face of my past. I miss my brother. But even as the tears roll out once more, I feel a love and connection that will never leave. I take a deep breath as the bigger picture settles my soul.

Six Questions for Linda Stasi, Author of The Sixth Station

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 03.25.2013 | Home
Jill Rachel Jacobs

In her new book Linda Stasi reveals a riveting and provocative read, full of twists and turns, passion and conspiracies, while tackling a host of hot and timely topics, such as terrorism, Christianity, good vs. evil.

How Do We Talk To Kids About Death?

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

It's difficult to death with anybody, but what do you say to say to kids about death -- especially when its their own?

45 (And Counting) Religious Misconceptions Readers Would Get Rid Of If They Could

Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion

Being misunderstood is no fun in any context but when it is about something so personally meaningful as religion or non-religion, it can be infuriatin...

The Internet Probably Hasn't Made People Less Religious

Vlad Chituc | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Religion did and will survive the Internet and, at least when we're talking about shifts in demographics, we probably should forget the Internet.

God, Natural Law and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"

Ruth Starkman | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Ruth Starkman

Natural law leaves us late-born followers of the American founders and of MLK, Jr to debate who we are as Americans, which men and women are included, and which God, if any, may have granted us equality.

Life After Death: Why the Growing Interest?

Elisa Medhus, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact
Elisa Medhus, M.D.

Is there sufficient proof for immortality and the existence of the afterlife? No, not 100 percent. And for me, there will never be until I'm there. But that's okay.

Science And Awe Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Scientific understanding, understanding the process of fetal development or any other complex phenomenon, need not limit the sense of awe with which we approach the world around us.

Mormons (But Not Mitt) At The Inauguration

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending Mormons to the inauguration, but the guest list doesn't include Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, the role of faith in Obama's inauguration has reportedly become a game of "hot potato."

A Message to Humanity

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey P. Colin

Humanity needs to accept its imperfections, and do the best we can with them to aspire to higher goals. Wars, poverty, and suffering are not acceptable realities for us.

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

The Regrets Of The Dying

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who works many years in palliative care, has compiled a list of the top five regrets dying patients would express to her. What would you regret? This and more in the latest headlines in religion and death.

Of Same-Sex Marriage, True Love and the Pope

Eric Segall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Segall

Why would any thinking person believe that society would be better off if we deny true love to the significant percentage of the population who finds love with members of the same sex?

This Afternoon In Religion Headlines

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

This afternoon in religion and end-of-life news: More on the Rev. Louie Giglio, Dear Abby, the growth of secularism, a viral video ad of Jewish men looking for shabbat dates, the flu and religion and forgiveness (or not) for Lance Armstrong.

What Happens When Only One Spouse Is Religious | Posted 01.17.2013 | Weddings

Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend ...

Space Faces, Causality and the Origin of Religion

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.18.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

We cannot seem to turn off our pattern-seeking or cause-effect neurons. Sometimes the results are benign. Unfortunately, our incredible talent for seeking patterns and linking cause to effect has a dark side: We see patterns where none exist and cause where only chance reigns supreme.

Inside Scientology's 'Real-Estate Scam'

BuzzFeed | Alex Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Scientology leader David Miscavige has been trumpeting his church's “milestone year,” but the mysterious religion is alienating scores of its most...

Honor Martin Luther King With a White House Pray-in on the Climate Cliff

A. Siegel | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
A. Siegel

Today an interfaith coalition will hold a "Pray-In for the Climate" in front of the White House. The day is powerful in its symbolism as the 15th is the date of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, real birthday.

Will the Real Francis Schaeffer Please Stand Up? A Tribute

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The most wonderful tribute to Dad and to my book came many years later, last Sunday, when I got this email (used by permission of the writer) that really speaks to who Dad was and to the man I knew and loved. I've reproduce it here unedited.

Evangelicals Join The Push For Immigration Reform

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Some of the nation's best-known evangelical pastors and religious figures are launching a broad push to support immigration reform and get Congress to pass legislation, but will they succeed?

The Marine Corps Push for Gay Rights -- Who's Next?

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Siebold

It's time for the Army, Navy and Air Force to set a similar precedent; it's time for religious leaders and every other American to welcome gays into our society as equals.

When Will We Have More Open Atheists in Congress?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The religious makeup of the Congress sworn in January 3 is virtually unchanged from the infamously gridlocked 112th Congress. There are 482 Christians, 33 Jews, 3 Buddhists, 2 Muslims, 1 Hindu, 1 Unitarian Universalist, and 1 open religiously unaffiliated member.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

The Real Threat: The Ethical Cliff

Lee Bycel | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Lee Bycel

The high drama of the past months has reached an end. For now, the fiscal cliff has been avoided. Although we know that soon there will be another one. However, how does one compute the toll of worry and anxiety that is has taken on millions of Americans?