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POLL: Religion Is The Answer To Today's Problems

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion

Poverty, disease and broken hearts -- can religion be the answer to these and other problems in today's world? According to a recent Gallup poll, 5...

Half Of Americans Are Seriously Prejudiced Against Atheists

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Brace yourself for family backlash if you plan to marry an atheist. A new Pew Research survey chiefly focused on political polarization also ...

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

Michele Moses | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Michele Moses

Converts to any faith seem increasingly abnormal as the United States gravitates farther away from religion. Yet the number of Muslims in the United States is increasing.

Why Do Americans Seem So Religious?

Sacred Matters | E. Brooks Holifield | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion

This article first appeared in Sacred Matters housed at Emory University. Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and ...

In Your Name: Letter From a Gay Ugandan Who Fled for His Life

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Wolfman

This is a letter from a young Ugandan, a gay man whom I'll call M.G. In it he asks St. Paul's Voice Centre for help and he lays out some of the reasons he decided to give up any shot at seeing his home again.

The Religion With No Name: An Interview With Thomas Moore

Pythia Peay | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Pythia Peay

Drawing from the well of his own inner sources, he offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. This is the first in a three-part interview.

The Frances Phenomenon and America's Yearning for Values, Leadership and God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The Pope Francis phenomenon is a reminder, yet again, that spirituality and not secularity is the driving force of modern life; it is his spiritual intensity that sets him apart and that provides the best answer to the spiritual emptiness of our time.

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

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.

Freedom From Religion

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Eliot Armand Glenn

The deductibility of donations to religious organizations creates a discriminatory religious subsidy. One is free to donate to the religion of one's choice, but government support of these donations burdens every American, even the non-religious, with support for the faith industry.

New Survey Sheds Light On Role Of Religion In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

A majority of Americans believe that religion's influence in the nation is waning, yet also think society would be better off if more Americans were r...

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.

Opting Out of Reality for Jesus

George Heymont | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics
George Heymont

The act of questioning whether organized religion makes people stupid is bound to provoke a heated response. On one hand, there are people who claim to live in faith-based communities who attribute every event in their lives to God. On the other hand, there are those who are confirmed atheists.

Dressing Up For Prayer And For God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

There are times and places when our worship requires a sense of awe and dignity. There are times when we need less "here and now" and more transcendence and beauty. There are times when our prayer must be marked by reverence and earnestness.

Yom Kippur: Battle Between Self And Sin

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The words of the Yom Kippur liturgy do not allow me to focus on the fun of religion and to push aside the reality of evil and sin. These words are utterly uncompromising.

Remembering God: Christian Wiman And The New American Religiosity

Krista Tippett | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Krista Tippett

The emerging religiosity is genuinely new. Its aspiration is to be serious and open, devout and hospitable to difference.

Social Justice As A Unifying Issue For Dharmic Communities

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 06.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain leaders present at the White House did not simply want to find common cause in the present but determine systematic ways of articulating their religious values through action in the future.

The Universal Desire to Worship Someone

Mark Joseph | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Mark Joseph

The next time I see people with their eyes closed and hands raised to God, and begin to think it strange, I will remind myself that the desire to worship and praise is a universal one.

A Road Trip Across America’s Religious Landscape

Christopher P. Scheitle | Posted 04.05.2012 | Religion
Christopher P. Scheitle

It is easy to conclude that things really are about the same wherever you go. But underneath this veneer of homogeneity lies a rich and varied topography of American religion.

Spiritual But Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.

Lillian Daniel | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn't interest me. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself.

Has America Gotten More Religious, Or Just American Politics?

Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Has America gotten more religious, or just American politics? The country has grown ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Americans Have Lost Faith In Clergy, New Book Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

When surveyed, almost all Americans say they believe in God, a majority say they pray and more than a third say they go to religious services every we...

Dear Religious Americans: How Many Atheists Do You Know?

Chris Stedman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Because we represent such a small sliver of the American population and are often seen in a negative light, I believe that it is imperative that atheists make themselves known.

America The Mystical: Oh Beautiful For Spacious Minds

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The fastest growing category of American religion, particularly among young adults, is "spiritual but not religious." That the land of the free gave birth to such a designation makes perfect sense.

Rick Perry Has To Prove His Sincerity

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

I appeal to Americans to attend the prayers by demanding an inclusion and not allow Gov. Perry to chop God into bits and pieces; yours and mine. America is yours and America is mine, let's not allow any rascal to monopolize God to serve his interests and whims.