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Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...

What do Politics Have to do With Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

You pass through the long security line at the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. While the line of tourists streams forward into the Exhibition Hall, you turn right, and head to the Senate appointment desk.

Meaning, Purpose, and Civic Engagement Beyond Belief

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

Whether you are a believer or secular, to gain a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life it helps to participate in civic engagement with others from your community.

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

Theological Liberalization is Not to Blame for Decline in Mainline Protestantism

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The way to prevent further disenchantment with organized religion among young people is for religious leaders and laypeople alike to sever the exclusive link between religion and conservative politics in the United States.

The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Religious Case for Secularization

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

Those who are able to encounter the sacred through those symbols should join the voices of the protesters and call for a more secular state.

End of Elite Denominational Headquarters

Martin Marty | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Less noticed has been the changing fate of buildings known by the code-name "Headquarters," which serve denominations, dioceses, synods, conventions and other religious extra-local agencies

Religio-Secular

Martin Marty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Our Secular Future: The redefinition of religious liberty in American society" is a promising and threatening reflection by Richard R. Reno in the Jesuit-based weekly America (February 24, 2014). It turns out that the article deals more with the subtitle "religious liberty" than with "secularity" in "our" future.

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?

America's Religious Future: Dechristianization (Not Secularization)

Gary Laderman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

What is this country coming to? Anyone who pays attention to religion in America can see monumental changes and conflicts affecting the present and looming in the future.

Can Atheism Really Replace Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
Nigel Barber

The perceived importance of religion (or religiosity) declines predictably with development (however measured), allowing one to predict how long it will take for religion to become unimportant for the majority of the global population. It will take approximately a quarter-century.

Fox's Phoney War

David Trumble | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
David Trumble

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Uruguay: A Secular Outpost Legalizes Abortion

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

Uruguay is as secular as Switzerland or Germany, and it just legalized abortion. Given that poorer countries are generally more religious, one would expect Uruguay to be more devout than Germany. Why is religion so weak there?

The God Spot Revisited: Spirituality As Evolved Brain Function

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.20.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

It makes sense that the brain might be specialized for religious experiences. Indeed, an evolutionary perspective on religion implies that humans are inherently susceptible to religious views.

Atheism To Defeat Religion By 2038

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.05.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Is the loss of religious belief something fear? Contrary to the claims of religious leaders, Godless countries are highly moral nations with an unusual level of social trust, economic equality, low crime and a high level of civic engagement.

Church-Goers Now A Minority In America

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

College Kills Religion Santorum Says

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

That is what Rick Santorum claimed in a This Week interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on February 26. Intrigued by the Santorum claim, I did a little fact checking.

When Will Atheism Prevail Over Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.02.2012 | Home
Nigel Barber

If we assume that prosperity is responsible for declining religiosity in the world, and that prosperity will continue to increase, it is possible to estimate the date at which the world will switch over from being a majority believing in God to majority atheist.

How To Make A Strong Atheist

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Throughout most of our history, mortal concerns were ever-present. While the good life breeds atheists, the good life and a little fear breed strong atheists.

The War On Christmas Is Over ... And Christmas Lost

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

You've seen the endless TV commercials and web ads that wink at Christmas without daring to mention "He Who Must Not Be Named." Christ may be the new Voldemort. Face it: The war on Christmas is lost.

The Spiritual Messages Of Hanukkah And Christmas ... And Their Downsides

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Christmas and Hanukkah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

Former Church of England Head Bemoans Secularization of Christmas

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Al Webb Religion News Service LONDON -- Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has slammed attempts to "air-brush" Christianity out...

Pope To Tackle Secularism In Portugal Trip

Religion News Service | By Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Portugal next week (May 11-14), the primary purpose wi...

The Right Not To Be Offended: The Supreme Court And Religion

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

We are witnessing the emergence of an unstated yet court-sanctioned right, one that makes no appearance in the Constitution and yet seems to trump the First Amendment at every turn: the right to not be offended.