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Religious Conversion

Teaching The Greeks And Critical Thinking -- Part 12: Can You Be a Good Person if You Don't Believe in an Afterlife?

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: So far, we've been discussing how the Greeks viewed this life given their view of the afterlife, then whether the belief in the afterlife tod...

Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees in Europe Suddenly Finding Jesus?

The Daily Beast | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.25.2016 | Religion

AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans have been lining up at a local swimming pool in Hamburg, Germany, to be baptized as Christians. In th...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.13.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

I wish to spirit you away today to the rarefied realm of celestial metaphysics by having you respond to yet another reason why people believe in old ideas.

What is an Ethnic Mormon?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Today, a conversation with author David Pace about the growing numbers of "ethnic Mormons," those who grow up Mormon, but for various reasons leave th...

Jonathan Jackson on Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We became instant friends because we had so much in common: we both love God and Jesus Christ, work in film and television, he's also an author, love music -- he performs and I listen, and we both recently converted to Christian Orthodoxy and love Church.

BYU Graduates Campaign Against School's Treatment Of Ex-Mormons

The Salt Lake Tribune | Annie Knox | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the pr...

9 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Converting to Islam

Qasim Rashid | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Every Muslim knows several, if not dozens, who chose to convert to Islam as a young adult or even later in life. Not too long ago an old friend called me and dropped the hammer. "I've been doing a lot of thinking... and I've decided to convert to Islam. Where do I begin?"

Pastor Who Spent A Year Living Without God No Longer Believes

Religion News Service | Chris Stedman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Ryan Bell — the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor who spent 2014 living as an atheist — is ready for his big reveal. After chronicling ...

No Time Like the Holidays to Let Differing Beliefs Unite Us

Tamar Abrams | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Tamar Abrams

The lovely blue glass container holds a small roll of parchment on which is written the traditional Jewish prayer that begins, "Shema Yisrael." For those in the know, this mezuzah reveals that those who live in the house are Jewish.

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Religious Conversion Stories and Musical Chairs

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Simply put, religious conversion stories are bound to offend sizeable groups of people. Religious people of one faith may label someone in their own camp who goes over to another faith as a traitor, deluded or perhaps as having fallen into heresy.

How People Come to Faith

Greg Carey | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Back in the '80s, Josh McDowell was extremely popular among evangelicals. Maybe he still is. Unfortunately, I can remember reading his stuff as a relatively uninformed college freshman and thinking, 'This stuff looks like Swiss cheese.'

The Return of the Christmas Tree: How Becoming Jewish Revived a Family Tradition

Leigh McMullan Abramson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Leigh McMullan Abramson

Last week, as we walked down Columbus Avenue, I confessed my Christmas tree crush to my husband. "They just smell so good," I told him. "You know," Adam said, as we approached one of the vendors, "If it's important to you, we could get a tree."

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

Don't Judge A Book Of Mormon By Its Cover: The Musical As Conversion Tool

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

I met two Mormon missionaries on a chilly spring evening when my husband and I attended the musical "The Book of Mormon." They were handing out copies of the LDS Scriptures -- aka the original Book of Mormon -- near the theatre entrance, and I couldn't resist talking with them.

Can Muslims Be 'All-American'?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

If Muslims aren't "all-American," and if "all-American" is used to describe white women before they convert to a racialized faith, then assumptions about who is "all-American" not only deny 3 million Muslims of their national and cultural identity as Americans, but they deny full Americanness to anyone who isn't white.

'Doublelife': A Book Review

Varda Epstein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Varda Epstein

Every time Gayle sees me, an Orthodox Jew, hair completely covered and bopping to Santana, she laughs and says to me, "There has to be a story behind you. I'd love to hear that." And now that I've read her book, I get where's she's coming from: Gayle Redlingshafer Berman has her own story to tell, and it's a doozy.

The Names We Choose

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Most of us don't choose our names. Unless you're P.Diddy, then you get a new one every two years when you re-up your cellphone contract. The names choose us, or are chosen for us.

Overcoming The Scars Of Our Caste Past

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The essence of the Vedic culture, today known as Hinduism, teaches that none of us are white, black, brown, red or yellow. We are spiritual beings, eternally lovers and servants of God, who have forgotten our spiritual nature.

36 Days Till Minnesota Votes on My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

I'm on the road this week, out east, not in Minnesota. Not doing anything about the fast-approaching election. I've had a little time to reflect from a different angle.

Atheism's Growing Numbers

Edward Falzon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

I touched down in Los Angeles only six weeks ago and started North on my Biblical Morality tour. Most of my time has been spent speaking at secular organisations and student groups, and I've been surprised at just how active the atheist/secular community is in the USA and Canada.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Supporting Converts To Islam

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.28.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Friends and families of converts are often confounded by and disappointed to see their loved ones making radical changes to their life. Loving someone means accepting them for who they are and supporting them.

How My In-Laws Ruined My Marriage

Pauline Gaines | Posted 08.05.2012 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

When one spouse has a primary attachment to someone that is stronger than the attachment to his partner -- be it a lover, a parent, or a child -- the marriage is in trouble.

Longtime Atheist Activist Converts To Christianity

Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion

Two months after he threatened to sue a Texas county for allowing a Nativity scene on public property, longtime atheist Patrick Greene has announced t...

Jason Linkins

Rick Santorum Will Stealthily Convert The Jews Of South Carolina | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

New York Observer political reporter Hunter Walker unearths a pretty hilarious relic from the past holiday season -- a wonderful little holiday card i...