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My Favorite Religions: Interfaith Family Perspective

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

If your parents are of two religions, and they love each other, and they love you, then you are more likely to have warm feelings for both religions, and for multiple religions beyond your own family.

Some Churchgoers Say Clergy Contribute "Nothing" To Society: Survey

Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

Do clergy contribute to America's well-being? A new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to views of professions' positive roles in ...

What Do Religious People Really Believe?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Matters of religion resist easy generalizations. The truth is that most religious people bring individual expression to their faith and feel no conflict with those who have different religious belief systems, or no religious belief whatsoever.

A Few Talking Points About Sharia After Losing A Sean Hannity Shouting Match

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Asking questions is the right thing to do, and listening to the answer without interrupting is the civil thing to do. If we jump around from question to question without answering one, we achieve nothing. That is precisely what happened to me on Sean Hannity's show yesterday,

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

Most Millennials Don't Know What Roe v. Wade Was About

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.18.2013 | College

A majority of Americans under 30 are either unaware or unsure that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade was about abortion rights, new d...

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...

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

Jaweed Kaleem

New Survey Reveals Sharp Contrasts Between Evangelical And Catholic Latino Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

A new survey released Thursday shows that while Latino voters generally support the reelection of President Barack Obama by a wide margin over Republi...

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.

What Faith Communities Can Offer The 'Nones'

Phil Haslanger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Phil Haslanger

OK, church folks. Fasten your seatbelts. But don't hunker down. There's a new study out that shows that one in five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim.

Jaweed Kaleem

Number Of Americans With 'No Religion' On The Rise

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion

Sarah Garrison grew up Catholic, but today she does not consider herself part of any religion. Yet as someone who meditates and prays every day to the...

Do Americans Really Dislike Mosques?

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.28.2012 | Religion

In 2010, a fierce national debate erupted after plans to erect an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center were ann...

The Unreported Political Implications Of Pew's Religion Poll

Eric Sapp | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Eric Sapp

The problem with religious academics doing political polls and non-religious reporters covering them is that the headlines can get skewed and political implications muddled.

Pew Religious Advocacy Report: Why Comparing Apples And Oranges Leads To Lemons

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The recent Pew Report, "Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington, DC," may prompt commentary. Hopefully, people will realize its figures are way out of whack.

Evangelical Leaders Gloomy Over Losing Influence In America

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Evangelical leaders have used the political process in order to promote their religious and social agenda for as long as I can remember. And, in my own opinion, it is a gross error in judgment.

Religion Coverage Doubled, Focused On Islam Controversies In 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Islam dominated religion news coverage in 2010, a year that also saw religion reporting double to 2 percent of all news, according to a new study from...

The Vanishing American Religious Male

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

To the endangered species of our world, let us add another: the vanishing American religious male. Rabbis, priests, pastors, imams and sociologists are trying to understand why.

World's Muslim Population To Grow Twice As Fast As Non-Muslims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On a global level, the Muslim population is expected to grow by 35 percent over the next two decades -- twice the pace of the world's non-Muslim popul...

Religious Groups Support Repealing Gay Military Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Pentagon readies a long-awaited survey of military personnel on lifting the Don't Ask/D...

How Much Do YOU Know About Religion? Take The Quiz

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

And how do you compare with the average American? Here's your chance to find out. Take this short, 15-question quiz, and see how you do in comparison...

I Have a Nightmare: Glenn Beck as Phony Messiah (Politics and Religion Don't Mix!)

Victoria Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Victoria Jones

Saturday's rally was all about the weird theme that America's honor needs restoring, presumably because somebody's sullied it. But who?

Religious Versus Spiritual?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

It's a trend today to disdain religion as repressive and affirm spirituality as transformational or liberating. It's high time to revisit the question: what exactly does it mean to be spiritual or religious?

Southern California Muslims Battle Islamophobia in a Post 9/11 World

Brooke-Sidney Gavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brooke-Sidney Gavins

Terrorism. Terrorists. Since the planes flew into the World Trade towers on September 11, 2001, these words have become almost synonymous with Islam and being a Muslim.

Rights for Nature: In PA's Coal Region, A Radical Approach to Conservation Takes Root

Kate Beale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Beale

Seeking legal rights for nature appears pragmatic: just witness how corporations have flourished enjoying the same legal status. At first glance it seems counterintuitive, but perhaps it shouldn't.