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Religious Pluralism

The Istanbul Nightclub Attack Finally United A Divided Country

Ilgin Yorulmaz | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Ilgin Yorulmaz

The routine is now eerily familiar for Turkish expats around the world. It starts with a quiet ping from their smartphone’s WhatsApp messaging app l...

Moroccan Islamic Broadcasting in Response to Religious Extremism

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

On Iraq's Al-'Ahd satellite channel, a Shi'ite cleric demonizes Sunnis, typifying a trans-sectarian trend in extremist broadcasting across the region...

Star Trek's Lesson on Religious Pluralism

Michael Stark | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Michael Stark

Fifty years ago today, the first episode of Star Trek, "The Man Trap" premiered on NBC. With over 700 episodes spanning five series and thirteen movie...

4 Ways Pluralism Serves the Rich and Powerful

Craig Luekens | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Pluralism has become the central uniting factor in much of our society, yet I wonder if many people have considered its implications. If pluralism truly means ALL views are welcome to the table, is that the best means of securing freedom and tolerance? And if not "all", what authority do we appeal to for the boundary?

Naming The Victim Is Also Important

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

The pattern of many GOP politicians muting the identity of the victims is in sharp contrast to their dogged attacks on anyone, particularly President Obama, for not mentioning the "Islamic" identity of the perpetrator.

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

Now, More Than Ever, We Need Pluralism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower for my expecting sister and brother-in-law, who will soon welcome their first child into the world. Earlier ...

They're Just Like Us

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

One of the most important lessons I took from this experience was that religion does have so many positive things about it.

What Popular TV Shows Reveal About Contemporary Views of Religion in Society: Pt 1--The Walking Dead

Linda Ceriello | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Linda Ceriello

Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC Some of the most watched American television programs regularly involve viewers in religious and spiritual topics. What exactly...

High Voltage Community

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

The scriptural readings prescribed this week are largely about special separateness. Specifically, the prescribed portion from the Torah and the accompanying selection from the prophet Ezekiel are very much about the Priests and Levites, the clan within the ancient people of Israel set apart for holy service in the sanctuary of God.

Interfaith Solidarity

Timothy Murphy | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

In the past, it has taken the shock of unimaginable violence against religious minorities to snap people out of their collective slumber. We must say, loudly and unequivocally, we will not tolerate outbreaks of violence in our country.

Reform Jews should declare themselves a different religion than bigoted forms of Ultra-Orthodoxy

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Why should non-Orthodox Jews care about the pronunciations of Israeli ultra-orthodox Rabbis who declare gays to be an inferior species, Reform Jews as...

Reformation and Thinking About Human Difference

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 03.25.2017 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

The Reformation is one of the great and dramatic instances of human difference: "Christians" in the sixteenth did not agree on what the word meant, what it entailed for a person trying to live it, and they killed one another over the content of the word.

Why Are Christians Supporting Trump the Heathen?

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 02.22.2017 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

What is, at first glance, most surprising to me is that Trump is winning among religious voters. Can anyone imagine Jesus Christ saying the things that Donald says or using the tone that Donald uses or grimacing with Donald's snide face?

How Prophet Muhammad Embraced the Otherness of Christians

Craig Considine | Posted 02.17.2017 | Religion
Craig Considine

The visit of the Christians of Narjan to the city of Medina in 631 CE is perhaps the most important noted interfaith interaction between Christians and Prophet Muhammad.

4 Reasons Why I'm Religious, But Not Spiritual

Craig Luekens | Posted 02.15.2017 | Religion
Craig Luekens

All too often, our problem is that we don't see just how gracious God truly is, and properly regulated authority is meant to guide us toward that.

For Hindu Americans, Long-Term Hopes for Pluralism More Than Just About Days Off

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
Murali Balaji

As we celebrate Black History Month and remember the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights, one of the most striking lessons from history is that movements for social change never go smoothly.

Why President Obama's Mosque Visit Matters Now More Than Ever

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Zainab Chaudry

This long-awaited trip penciled on the president's itinerary comes during a critical time for members of the Islamic faith. The visit will not be a magic bullet to cure every problem or resolve every grievance. But it will go a long way to restore faith in American ideals.

Hijab Solidarity Day in Support of Religious Pluralism

Celene Ibrahim | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
Celene Ibrahim

Some people charge that non-Muslims donning headscarves in solidarity amounts to cultural appropriation and is potentially offensive or somehow a setback to feminism, but I do not give these objections much credence.

Don't Fear (All) Salafi Muslims

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.22.2017 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

I've got some good news for you, General Public: You don't need to be afraid of your Salafi neighbors. Sure, ISIS is scary (that's their goal), and al Qaeda is violent and intently inhumane, but we don't need to paint all Salafis with that broad jihadi brush.

The U.S. Has Become More Religiously Diverse

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.14.2017 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

Many people are very discouraged by the current climate of anti-Muslim and anti-"other" rhetoric that so fills the airwaves. However, the larger reality is that we are progressing as anation towards a more positive appropriation of our rich religious diversity.

Ted Cruz's Christian-Nation Candidacy

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

For all his posturing as a champion of the Constitution and of religious liberty, Cruz, like the Christian-nation advocates who are backing his campaign, is actually undermining core American principles with his campaign rhetoric, which disdains the religious pluralism that is both a reflection of our religious freedom and a defining characteristic of the American ideal.

How to Help Your Religion Win in 2016

John Barton | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
John Barton

Recently I read a blog post by a Christian pastor saying Christianity is the largest and fastest growing religion on earth. He credited evangelism as helping Christianity stay ahead of Islam, its closest "competitor."

Please Don't Just Tolerate Me! Why We Need More Love and Hate

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Is Christianity a religion of love or of hate? Both! And I don't just mean that there are some Christians who do a lot of loving things, other Christians who do a lot of hateful things, and the latter are wrong. Well, that's true in one sense, but is also very boring and obvious.

The True Religion

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Almost no one choses his or her religion. The matter is fated. Geography is fate. An historical epoch is fate. A culture is fate. A family is fate. All these are the fated vehicles of religious participation, with no choice involved. So, really, after all, which is The True Religion?