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Religious Beliefs

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part II

Helen Davey | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Helen Davey

In Part I of my story about my grandfather, John Davey, I mentioned that he has been recognized as a genius. What do I mean by "genius"?

If You Believe It, It Is Right...

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

In the end, it is what you believe and not what others want you to believe that matters. If it is karma, then so be it. If it is your own attitude, then so be it

What Do Religious People Really Believe?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Matters of religion resist easy generalizations. The truth is that most religious people bring individual expression to their faith and feel no conflict with those who have different religious belief systems, or no religious belief whatsoever.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

Can Changing Our Mindset Improve Our Health and Well-Being?

Grace Fuller | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Grace Fuller

We can prove in our own lives that, whether or not we are aware of it, our spiritual practice can help us achieve better health.

God Without Religion

George Elerick | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

The fact is, this is a man's world. War of the Sexes We've all heard this. It is both true and and soul-destroying. But for whom? Don't women benefi...

Do You Believe What You Say? Why You Should Challenge Your Own Beliefs

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Many of us give ourselves permission to say things we really don't believe; challenging our beliefs can serve as a filtering system that enables us to compare what is in our minds and in our hearts and to confirm there is a congruency between thought and belief.

What's Wrong With Right?

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Darren Littlejohn

These days, it's important to look more closely at things like food labels for our health. Isn't it equally important to look at our views on who and what is right?

Have Americans Turned Against Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Although 64 percent of young American adults say they believe in God (and only 25 percent lack a religious affiliation), their attitudes to religion show unmistakable signs of secularism.

Analytical Thinking Promotes Disbelief In Experimental Psychology

Samuel Brown | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

There is nothing terribly religious about a questionnaire on belief in angels during a college psychology experiment. These studies fail the basic scientific test of measuring what they purport to measure.

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

Seek Your Own Truth

Aaron Anson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Aaron Anson

We must seek those quiet spaces in our life that are safe for vulnerable explorations of meaning. These spaces are not found inside physical institutions or places where demagoguery slays reflective, rational and factually grounded discourse.

New Research Hints At 'Underpinnings' Of Religious Faith

| Greg Miller | Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

Many people with religious convictions feel that their faith is rock solid. But a new study finds that prompting people to engage in analytical thinki...

Belief In God Highest In Developing And Catholic Countries

Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion

By Annalisa Musarra Religion News Service (RNS) Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but...

Credo: Community Without Conformity

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

I still believe in the communion of potluck meals... in the importance of a community's witness and support when you celebrate or mourn. But I question whether we must have uniformity of belief in order to minister to each other.

Confusing Faith For Belief

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The fact is, you can be certain of nothing. When your religion is all about what you believe, know that the ego in you has taken over already.

Most Americans Disagree With Church Teaching On Homosexuality, Abortion

Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant majorities of Americans say it is possible to disagree with their re...

Religious Identity And The Public Square

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Religious conversations may intensify over the next 18 months as the religious identities of candidates become scrutinized by the media and voters for clues as to who they really are.

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

A poll released by Gallup on Friday found that 92 percent of Americans still say "yes" to the simple question, "Do you believe in God?" A breakdown...

Adolescence, Identity And Spirituality

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

As adolescents begin to develop critical thinking, they are encountering their own spiritual questions. "Why do people suffer and die?" "Why do disasters occur?"

Does God Choose When The Spirit Leaves The Body Or Do We?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that God gave us the knowledge to be able to create these technologies, and then, as humans are want to do, we use them way beyond their original intent?

Doubt Is The Faith That Binds Us Together

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

It is increasingly clear to me that doubt is, in fact, the most important faith of all. Doubt invigorates faith, demands more of it, and causes us to ask more of each other.

Spirituality And Religion Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Central to human greatness is our capacity to carry two ideas in tension. Enough with the idea that religion and spirituality are exclusive: Let us fill ourselves with both.

The Path Of Returning To God

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Perhaps a new tradition speaks more clearly to them. Perhaps they return to their original religion but in a different, and often more committed, way than when they were young.