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The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

At American Academy of Religion Conference, Dharmic Religions Have A Bigger Place

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Dharma Academy of North America scholars attempt to view the Indic religions on their own traditional terms, not just through the methods and categories of Western scholarship. It is now the largest additional symposium at AAR.

Worship The Sun! (Not Just The Son)

Wes Nisker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Wes Nisker

The sun is still at the center of all our winter religious holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, the Keltic Druid festival of the stars, the Katchina night dances in the Hopi pueblo. So maybe we should start deliberately worshiping the sun again.

Take Note: Jesus Was A Millennial

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

I spend a fair amount of my time with young people who go to church and who don't go to church. My experience tells me that they don't choose to engage with unresponsive and inflexible institutions with outdated rules that make no sense.

Is Religion In Terminal Decline In Britain?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.16.2012 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Is religion fading in Britain? According to the latest influential British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA), just released this December, half of us Brits do not belong to any religious grouping or affiliation.

How Does The Faith Community Honor Elders?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

How churches care for their elders like Lillian shows how much they value their elders. It also shows where their values are. I can't imagine that Jesus would forget our elders, and neither should we.

Christopher Hitchens as a Martin Luther

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Hitchens (like Luther before him) forced everyone, including Christians, to be better people. Mess up and he called you on it. One couldn't afford to be an apologist hack around him. You either stepped up or got out of the way.

Defying Our Maker: What The New Atheists Miss

Ted Cadsby | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Of all the arguments employed to challenge the usefulness of religion, one is largely overlooked: the way religion feeds our tribal instinct.

Book Review: The Voice by Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald

Michael Hughes | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home
Michael Hughes

Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald's novel The Voice takes its audience on a quest for the real Holy Grail, entwining scientific mythology with geopolitical intrigue in an esoteric thrill-ride Dan Brown couldn't dream up.

Opt Out Chronicles: Losing My Religion

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In case you've forgotten, I have been waiting patiently for the superintendent of schools in my district to respond to my email explaining the parent ...

Gingrich Makes Shocking Comparison

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich believes people can choose to be straight, just like they can "choose to be celibate." During an interview with the Des Moines Regist...

Perry: 'I'm Afraid Of My Wife'

Los Angeles Times | By Seema Mehta | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Rick Perry, trying to claw his way back into presidential contention, stepped off his big, blue bus and walked around the picturesque town square here...

'The Pottery Barn Christmas Catalogue Is Like Porn To Me'

Red Room | Posted 02.14.2012 | Women
Red Room

Ours was the only home on the cul de sac without Christmas lights. As far as I knew, we were the only Jews in the neighborhood.

How To Win Back The Future

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

I'd like to see if there is a vision that unites all versions of reality, East and West, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, political and psychological. It's a huge task to unite the world's deepest conflicts, but there is a way to approach the problem.

Christmas in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 02.13.2012 | Comedy
Amy Chavez

Although it is said that most Japanese are Shinto and Buddhist, few people are aware the Japanese also participate in "commercialized Christianity" in order to take advantage of those fun Christian holidays.

How The Religious Right Dominates Iowa

The Huffington Post | Max Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

In August, fresh from a victory in the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann was the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. While her numbers ha...

A Video Response To Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Ad

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a Jew. Heck, I'm even a rabbi. But you don't need to be in shul every Shabbos to know that there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but still can't marry each other legally.

Tenets Into Transformation, Part 1

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Countless forces inspire giving--the public library that showed you a new world in your childhood; the scholarship that enabled you or a relative to attend college; the family member who survived her battle with breast cancer.

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Nigel Barber

It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. ... In social democracies, people who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives. So there is less need of religion.

Humility, Chutzpah And Democracy In America

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

Humility plus chutzpah equals the kind of citizens democracy needs, and there is no reason -- at least no good reason -- why our number cannot be legion. Religious communities can help multiply that number.

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mestizo Symbolism Behind Latin America's Most Venerated Saint

The Huffington Post | Andrea Long-Chavez | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

From Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, from Antigua, Guatemala, to Manila, Philippines, the image of the dark-skinned patron saint of the Americas is ven...

Latinos Don't Vote on Faith or Religion but on Economic Issues

Pilar Marrero | Posted 02.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Pilar Marrero

Recent studies indicate that the famous Ronald Reagan belief that "Hispanics are Republicans. They just don't know it yet," may not be true anymore.

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The driving faith of the GOP has become the notion that the toxic mixture of moral hypocrisy and unfettered greed is a formula for victory. Newt Gingrich could be their man.

Finding The Persian Gulf's Only Synagogue

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Adam Valen Levinson

It didn't take long for me to realize I had no idea where I was walking. After a few blocks, the bustling lights of the central shopping district gave way to construction and inauspicious quiet. I figured I'd ask around.

Joan Of Arc And 9 Other 'Queer' Saints

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Church officials and followers from many different demoninations have long used the Bible to argue that homosexuality and transgender identities are a...