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Religious Pluralism

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

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.05.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 01.22.2016 | 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 01.14.2016 | 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 01.11.2016 | 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 01.09.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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?

Sovereignty: Delights and Dangers

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 11.27.2015 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

More and more I believe that the only territory in which one truly can cause the Divine to reign is the kingdom of one's own heart.

Thousands Use #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist To Combat Islamophobia

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion

Champions of religious pluralism around the world used #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist to refute the idea that Friday's attacks in Paris reflect the vie...

Many Lamps, One Light: Lessons From the Dharma Dhamma Interfaith Conference on Diwali Day

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

In these tense times when debates on religion address little else but concerns about its abuse, the speakers at the Third Dharma-Dhamma Conference in ...

6 Awesome Things About the Quran

Ro Waseem | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Ro Waseem

When I first started reading the Quran, my paradigm was drastically different to what it is now. Back then, whether a particular interpretation or belief was rational or not wasn't a prerequisite for believing in it. "It was the word of God, after all!", I thought, "Dare I question it?"

The Parliament of the World's Hats

Jim Burklo | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Last week I attended the Parliament of the World's Religions, a gathering at Salt Lake City of 10,000 people from around the world. My first impression was amazement at the variety of headgear on display as I wandered the halls of the gargantuan Salt Palace convention center.

Bidi-Smoking Muslims and Miracles: How Hindus Affirm the Divine in Life

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

My mother's belief that Shirdi Sai Baba himself escorted her safely to his shrine is indicative of how blessed she felt in being able to make the journey - as a foreign visitor with a lack of knowledge of the city - without incident.

Looking to the Geniuses - A Jewish-Muslim Perspective for the Eid

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

These are not great times for Jewish-Muslim relations. In many ways, these are not great times for religion as such. There is so much bad religion around that we sometimes wish it didn't exist. It need not be so. It was not always so. Moments like holy times, such as the month of Ramadan and the concluding Eid el Fitr, are moments when we can imagine alternatives.

Confronting Religious Hatred in the Holy Land

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. A very narrow section of the Orthodox Zionist world has engaged in what is in fact religious terrorism.

We Are Not so Different: Science and Religion

Marion Leary | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Marion Leary

I am an agnostic scientist who happens to also be fascinated with the world's religions, especially the Abrahamic religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Interreligious Dialogue: The Political and Theological

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Religious diversity presents us with new challenges and opportunities that may be described, broadly, as political and theological. These are interrelated, but, for convenience, we will discuss them separately. Let us consider first, the political.

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

Evidence Of The Changing American Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion

The United States has long been a majority-Christian country, but it is by no means religiously static. In 2007, Pew Research found the religiously un...

This Is The Biggest Religious Group In Each U.S. State

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion

There are now 23 states where the largest religious group is "unaffiliated" -- a testament, perhaps, to what many researchers describe as a changing r...

Theology Now

Martin Marty | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Baillie, Balthasar, Barth, Berdyaev, Bonhoeffer, Brunner, Bultmann--to mention only the "B-team," were coin-of-the-realm giants in the mid-20th century theological revival.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Vivekananda's Contribution to Christian Religious Pluralism

Jim Burklo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The Vedic tradition already had influenced America indirectly through Emerson and other Transcendentalists. But with Vivekananda, Americans got a look at an impressive embodiment of the tradition.