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Religio-Secular

Martin Marty | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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.

The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion but Good Religion

Martin Thielen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

What is the proper response to bad religion? Some argue that the answer to bad religion is no religion. A growing number of "new atheists" argue that since religion can be toxic, we need to get rid of faith altogether. But that's a weak argument.

Religion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is bad, no doubt, and a destructive force in human history and in world today. But that's not the whole story. I let down my guard in that bar and did not speak the truth of what I think after all these years in the study of religion.

What If the Church Took Millennials Seriously?

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

If mainline denominations have taken a nosedive in membership, money, and influence (which they have), and if you want a chance to figure out why (which I do), it seems like a good thing to start looking at the age demographic where the losses have been heaviest.

Spiritual Life Coach Blog: Will the Hierarchy Ever Return to the Catholic Church?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

There is a wonderful Senegalese Proverb that sums up the challenge for the Catholic Hierarchy: "If an egg is broken by outside force, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside."

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?

Saving Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

For many, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustration and even grief sometimes I have been reminded of the importance of "saving faith."

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

The Truth About Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is no longer simply a matter of faith in God. Instead, it is... anything and everything imaginable. The truth about religion is that there is no one Truth but rather multiple versions of many possible truths.

LOOK: Surprising Reaction To The Growth Of 'No Religion'

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

Surveys have frequently shown that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans -- including but not limited to atheists, agnostics and people who...

Atheists Who Pray

Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion

Why would an atheist -- who by definition does not believe in God -- pray? A Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein spotlighted the fascinat...

Seekers, Nones and the Age of Doubt?

Alan Jones | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

The seekers and the nones have got it right. There's something fishy about the way we've reduced language to mean only one thing. The way forward is to stop clobbering each other with dogmas and start exchanging stories. And be unafraid of an open, endless conversation.

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.

What Happens When We Name The Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Although some scholars have used the label since at least the 1960s, the ongoing discussions about Nones have popularized this new identity out of nothing. And this has significant potential to influence society.

Social Justice In The Millennial Generation

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are a generation overwhelmingly dedicated to social justice. This impulse can be religiously motivated, much as it has been for me. Yet for many, it is rooted in a fundamental belief in the goodness of people.

The Church Calendar: New and Improved

Lillian Daniel | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Treasuring the freedom that allows us to honor our unique ancient traditions while keeping up with the times, we propose adjusting these special Sundays in the church year.

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?

Much Ado About 'Nones'

Matthew Myer Boulton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Matthew Myer Boulton

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you'd have good reason to the conclusion that the United States -- and indeed the world -- is becoming less and less religious. And yet, this is misleading.

If Not Religion, Then What?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

Why is it that we can be "friends" with thousands on Facebook and literally find the answers to unfathomable questions, and still be searching? People today are exploring every avenue looking to add meaning and resolution to their lives.

Why I'm Glad I Lost And Then Reconnected To My Religion

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

I once belonged more to the "Nones" than anything else. I checked Jewish on the box, but that mark was more about a cultural than religious identity. In my teens, I felt disconnected from Judaism. I was a religious school dropout at 12. But at age 41, I was in a much different place.

Christianity Without Arrogance

Mark Osler | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

It might be that our first job in responding to the rise of the "Nones" is that we should stop creating so many of them through our own arrogance and our attempts to judge others, contrary to Christ's express instruction.

The Internet Probably Hasn't Made People Less Religious

Vlad Chituc | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Religion did and will survive the Internet and, at least when we're talking about shifts in demographics, we probably should forget the Internet.

Spiritual But Not Religious? Not So Fast: Disney, I-Clouds And New Religion

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

People are more religious than they give themselves credit for. But who are these new gods, what is this new spirituality, and what is the object of our new belief?

WATCH: Why Is Religion On The Decline?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline o...