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Angelina Jolie Defends ‘Universal' Depiction Of Faith In ‘Unbroken'

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Director Angelina Jolie defended her decision to portray a “universal” faith in her upcoming film “Unbroken,” saying she took h...

Will Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Movie Win Over Christian Fans?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Angelina Jolie’s highly anticipated film “Unbroken” features the true story of an Olympian and World War II veteran who was only ...

Yusuf Islam Brings Peace Train Back To U.S.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Legendary folk-rock star Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is bringing his peace train back to America. Yusuf will kick off the United St...

Former 'Angry Atheist' Steps In As Rector Of Houston Episcopal Church

Houston Chronicle | ALLAN TURNER | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

HOUSTON (AP) — As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fool...

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.

Why Do You Think So Many Atheists Seem So Evangelistic?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Human Rights for Hindus Remains Elusive in Some Parts of the World

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The quest for religious freedom and equal rights is ongoing, but for years, Hindus have largely been left out of the conversation as victims of religious discrimination and violence.

Gifts, Social Media and Online Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Raise your hand if you have ever purchased the wrong gift. The $60 billion annually spent in the United States on unwanted presents is a frustrating problem that can be solved, Fligoo CEO and startup co-founder Lucas Olmedo says.

How People Come to Faith

Greg Carey | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Back in the '80s, Josh McDowell was extremely popular among evangelicals. Maybe he still is. Unfortunately, I can remember reading his stuff as a relatively uninformed college freshman and thinking, 'This stuff looks like Swiss cheese.'

Christmas for Converts

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Caitlin Fisch

I have sweet associations with smells and tastes and experiences of the Jewish holidays that in a certain way take the place of my old experiences with Christian holidays. However, the old memories are still there and it can be a strange feeling to have them come up without enacting them.

5 Tips for Successful Online Marketing

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

I recently became acquainted with online marketing strategist Shane Jones, after he left a comment on one of my previous posts. I read through his sit...

Tolerance As a Religious Virtue

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.

Surprised by C. S. Lewis Fifty Years After His Death

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

It was the relatively late work Surprised by Joy (1955) that got me hooked. Here Lewis tells the story of how the atheist became a theist and eventually a Christian.

Forgive Your Brother, Unless He's Been Divorced

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I can be as born again as the former tax collectors and prostitutes of the New Testament, as devout as Mother Theresa, as divinely gifted as a saint, but because I was divorced at the age of 24, I can never be part of an Orthodox religion.

Attention American Jews: Let's Not Be Afraid

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Instead of searching out problems and solutions, maybe we need to trust ourselves, our heritage and our Torah, and take a moment to marvel at the strength of Jewish life that has survived so many cultures throughout so many centuries.

The Implication of Website Speed in Business -- Why Every Second Counts

Syed Balkhi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Syed Balkhi

Making your website fast and lean boils down to continuously monitoring and implementing site audits and analysis.

Swords and Ploughshares in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, East Germany had to handle the delicate issue of the withdrawal of Soviet troops. This was no small question. There were 380,000 Soviet troops stranded by the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany.

Is This Travel "Convenience" Just Another Scam? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

I'm almost never accused of being too neutral, but when I covered a type of foreign currency exchange that affects international travelers recently, that's exactly what happened.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Director Jon Chu Talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 3D Conversion and Bruce Willis' Improv Skills (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu stops by to chat about converting the upcoming film to 3D, working with Channing Tatum and The Rock, and how this film will blow the first out of the water!

Growing Faith: Prisons, Hip-Hop And Islam

SpearIt | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
SpearIt

Islam's growth in prison is matched only by its influence on hip-hop culture. For many young Americans, hip-hop leads to their first encounter with the faith.

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep

Diane Tobin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

American Jews simply cannot enjoy the benefits of American pluralism, which we surely do, while pretending we are not living in the most dynamic religious marketplace in the world.

Is Nothing Sacred?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

A good question to ask is whether there are some religious beliefs and practices that are off limits to any analysis whatsoever.