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Religious Identity

Can a Religion Be Bad?

Swami Tyagananda | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Swami Tyagananda

It's people who make enemies, who fight and who kill -- and it's people who make friends, who love and who enrich life. Should religion be held responsible for what its people do?

Meaningless Surveys: The Faulty 'Mathematics' of the 'Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Might the Nones, in fact, be a social construction rather than an actual reality? If so, what's the hype, and why aren't people questioning the method behind the (socially constructed) madness?

Walking in a Muslim's Moccasins: A Different Perspective on the Muslim Protests

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 11.23.2012 | World
Zaman Stanizai

With Muslim faith and fancy lands and resources under continuous military and media attack for more than a decade, we should not be surprised at their resentment.

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

Don't Like Our Current Politics? Become a Christian Independent

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Being a registered Independent is a practical, tangible way to declare our independence from poisonous partisanship; it can also be an opportunity to consciously reaffirm our allegiance to Christ in all things.

How Religious Identity Is Influencing The Presidential Election

Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias c. 2011 Religion News Service Americans want their presidents to be religious, but many have trouble identifying the faiths of...

On Learning to Go Away: Reflections Of A Mormon Poet

Emma Lou Thayne | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Emma Lou Thayne

Alone I find my link to the vertical, the divine: I meditate and pray and walk and dream and write. But I could never be content without also being connected to the horizontal, my people.

What Being Religious Really Means To Young People

Lisa D. Pearce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa D. Pearce

For most people, religious identities are personal mixes of different aspects of religion with varying levels of priority.

Jain or Hindu? Finding a Distinct Religious Identity in a Multi-Faith Society

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

When I meet people who have not heard of Jainism, or who assume it is an obscure branch of Hinduism, it frustrates me. Honestly though, until a few years ago, I barely knew the difference myself.