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Religious Pluralism

Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.

Internal Diversity And Intra-Faith Conversations

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Internal diversity is the norm -- no religious community is homogenous.

Peace On Earth

John Philip Newell | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion
John Philip Newell

Part of the way forward in our lives and world is to know that we carry blessing for one another, whether as individuals, nations or religions. To give and receive blessing changes the very nature of relationship.

Science, Religion And Religious Minimalism

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it once enjoyed.

Pluralism in Europe: Not to Be Taken for Granted

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
H.A. Hellyer

A closer look at Europe since the attacks of 2004 and 2005 provides us with fascinating data with which to identify trends and patterns -- ones that may give cause for concern.

Poetry From All Religious Traditions Is A Panacea In Our Troubled World

Manjula Kumar | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Manjula Kumar

Walking in the footsteps of great Sufi poets Dr. Ahmed expresses "primal emotions that are universal." His poetry touches the heart and soul while reflecting on the past with memories of the partition of India.

Religion Can't Be An End Unto Itself

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When we see all the evil that is done in the name of religion, we naturally want no part of it. But the truth is, the problem isn't with religion per se. The problem is with seeing religion as an end unto itself.

The Inevitability Of The Rise Of Progressive Christianity

John Shore | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
John Shore

It's typical to think that theology is static and permanent. It's not, though. What's true instead is that theology follows sociology. And slowly but surely we are all becoming members of one big society.

Karma, Christ, Whatever?

Christian Smith | Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion
Christian Smith

We have come in America today to a very different world, which we might call liberal whateverism. This outlook reacts against sectarian conflict by dramatically discounting the claims of religion.

A Letter To My Grandson, Alexander, About Religion

Locke Rush | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Locke Rush

It is said that God sent different men of wisdom to earth. These men of God came only to bring truth to man. They did not come to establish religions. That was man's work, not God's.

One Nation, Under Pluralism

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

September 11th, 2001 was a wake-up call to be more aware of what occurred outside of my own context -- to listen more, to learn more, and to love more.

The Millennial Generation And The Future Of Muslims In America

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Ten years from now, as the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, American Muslims could occupy a very different place in the American consciousness.

Beyond 9/11 To A Broader View Of The World

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

We allowed neither time, nor space to harden the natural distance between us. We would not choose sides. We would continue simply to be a very public witness and single face of the equal love of the God of Differences for us all.

Two Visions Of Faith: Competing For The Allegiance of A Nation

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What people like Tony Perkins don't understand -- or choose to ignore -- is that his ability to practice his religion as he sees fit is a direct result of the hands-off approach that government has taken toward religion for the last 200 plus years

The Spirit Of Ramadan

Mike Ghouse | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

For fasting to be truly universal, its benefits must extend beyond the fraternal ties of Muslims to forge a common humanity with others. Fasting is meant to impart a sense of what it means to be truly human.

Interfaith Understanding Remains Elusive 10 Years After 9/11

Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) In a post-9/11 bid to better relations with local Muslims, pastor Bob Roberts invited Muslims to hi...

Our Daily Bread: Interfaith Relations In Every Day Life

Deepa S. Iyer | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Deepa S. Iyer

Bread Uncle and I shared an unconventional camaraderie. I am Hindu, while he is Christian. Yet, from the very start, our interactions were marked by deep interfaith understanding.

15 Ways To Build Multiracial, Multicultural Faith Communities

Deborah Plummer | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Deborah Plummer

If I had to create a formula for creating multiracial, multicultural church communities and distill it to five concepts, five skills and five actions it would be as follows.

Islam, America and July 4th

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.31.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom is one of the most cherished values of humanity and I am pleased to share its arrangement in American and Islamic space. Both emphasize the freedom of conscience, justice and liberty.

Becoming Hindu And Finding The Essence Of All Spiritual Paths

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

Behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.

Learning From My Neighbors: A Sikh's Interfaith Journey

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

As I reflect on my friendship with my Muslim high school friend and the Catholic spiritual adviser, it is clear to me that the many diverse religions of the world are complimentary to each other and not in competition with each other.

'My Fellow American': Short Film Offers Platform For Combatting Islamophobia

Daniel Tutt | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

Muslims are our fellow Americans. They are part of the national fabric that holds our country together. They contribute to America in many ways, and deserve the same respect as any of us.

Post-Bin Laden: 9/11 And The Conversation We Never Had

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Maybe this Sept. 11 can be what Eboo Patel has been calling "our Tahrir moment," enabling us to take the baggage from 9/11 and transcend it into wisdom for the American future.

To Be A Good Muslim Is To Be A Good Citizen

Zahra N. Jamal, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Zahra N. Jamal, Ph.D.

Growing numbers of Muslim Americans are becoming more engaged in civic work. Many of them see this practice as an act of faith and citizenship.

Religious Freedom Is Only For Christians?

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As so many before me have said, hate is not a Christian value -- and we shouldn't let it become an American value either.