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World Religions

Only A Minority Is Right

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'It is possible that none of the religions are true, and it is absolutely impossible that more than one can be true.' -- Cicero, On the Nature of the...

Why I Still Teach World Religions

Kate Blanchard | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

I am almost certainly not training future religion scholars. But if I can encourage young adults to question facile statements they hear in mass media like "Islam hates us," to be kind to strangers, or to avoid anti-Semitic "jokes" in their daily lives, I consider my time well spent.

Scholar Points To One Thing Nearly All Major Religions Have In Common

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.17.2016 | OWN

Several religious figures and scholars have discussed at length how the world’s different religions all share fundamental similarities. The nuances ...

Message About The Orlando Shooting

Arvind Sharma | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Arvind Sharma

This past week saw forty-nine innocent people brutally killed in what has been described as an act of terrorism and hate. Many national leaders, commu...

3 Questions To Ask Yourself About Faith

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.18.2016 | OWN

Reza Aslan has devoted his entire life and career to the study of religious expression, but you might know him best from a viral Fox News interview he...

How a Textbook and Postcards Helped Establish the Second Most Widespread Religion

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 03.15.2017 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Next Saturday (March 26) marks the centenary of the date when Abdul Baha, the son of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, wrote the first of...

Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.27.2017 | Religion

Sales of the Quran skyrocketed in the United States following 9/11. Perhaps it was a search for answers, or a desire to parse out certain stereotypes,...

11 Powerful Goddesses From Around The World To Invoke In Your Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion

Goddesses, or female representations of the divine, can be found in religious traditions the world over. They hold places of importance in Hinduism, B...

Wave Of Islamophobia Catches Sikh American Community In Its Crosshairs

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.05.2016 | Crime

Fresno, California’s first homicide victim of 2016 is a Sikh American, and police are investigating whether motivation of the attack qualifies it as...

Negotiating the Religious-Secular Divide and the Films That Portray Us Doing It

G. Roger Denson | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
G. Roger Denson

It is arguable that among the most salient signs that a society has a viable social contract between seculars and religious is the porousness of the markets for its arts and entertainments.

Buddha's Tooth, a Book

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

I recommend a book that's somewhat about a mislaid molar of the historical Buddha. A mislaid molar, a tooth, found and duly deemed a dusty dentine rel...

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?

Who Goes To Heaven?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All the documentary evidence from the entire history of Christianity shows us a religion in a state of Argument. Church councils beginning in the 4th century sought to end argument by authoritatively standardizing scripture, worship, and belief.

11 Books To Help Us Explore The Peace-Loving Baha'i Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion

In a time of religious tension and violence, the Baha'i Faith stands out as a tradition that emphasizes the essential unity of humanity. Less than 200...

Religions: How to Love Them All and Be IN LOVE with Yours

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There was a time in my life I would have agreed. I would have felt, for example, that to even respect another religion would be to compromise my own. Today, however, I realize that was an expression of my insecurity, not a compromise of my faith.

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.

There May Be More Muslims Than Christians In The World By 2070, Pew Suggests

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Muslims will overtake Christians by the end of this century. India, now mostly Hindu, will become the world’s largest Muslim country. Th...

10 Badass Goddesses Who Are The Heroes Of Their Own Fascinating Stories

Talia Lavin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home

Polytheism might've had a bad rap in the Bible, but it’s given rise to some of humanity’s most fascinating and enduring narratives. Some ancient p...

Music Of World Religion Showcased In Full A Cappella Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

With religious tensions high around the world, one Chicago-based a cappella group is aiming to make a difference with the one tool it has: music. C...

To Combat World Poverty, a Multi-Faith Approach: Unity Can Conquer An Ignominious Life for those Trapped by Hunger

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

Like Vincent, and in the newer traditions of Pope Frances, Fethullah Gulen, Rabbi Stork and Sheik Abbudd, we must develop a vision for peace through interfaith dialogue.

The Most Religiously Diverse Countries Are..

Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

It won't come as any surprise that Vatican City is the least religiously diverse 'country' in the world. More than 99% of inhabitants are Christian. ...

World Welcomes Pope Francis' New Voice and Style

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.

Rising Religious Hostilities Ring the Bells of Alarm Across the Globe

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Religious hostilities, intolerance, radicalization, polarization, marginalization, and discrimination are on the rise. It seems that the situation worsens by the day, while the accompanying violence is particularly alarming in Africa and -- to a lesser degree -- in South East Asia.

An Interfaith Calendar In Vines

Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

Religious holidays and festivals are beautiful in their diversity. Take a very quick trip through the year's religious calendar with a selection of v...

10 Things You Should Know About The Transforming Global Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a comprehensive demographic study of over 230 countries and territories in 2012, a...