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Abortion: Whose Religious Beliefs Should Prevail?

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

The highly politicized pro-choice/anti-choice dispute is usually fought on the battleground of religion, though not religions agree on it. It involves complex moral and personal questions that are framed by some religions as theological.

Easter Week for Stoics: Why I Love Jesus But I'm Kind of 'Meh' About Easter

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

The idea of forcing myself to enter into a certain mindset because of the date on the calendar just doesn't jive with my personality.

The Bible Is Not a Sword

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

I think the Bible is a great read, but it's not a sword. The sword of the Spirit is way more dangerous than our petty arguments about which political position the Bible supports.

A Catholic and a Protestant Leader Should Talk Climate: A Jewish View

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.

These Are The Most Protestant States In America

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

Protestants and other non-Catholic or Mormon Christians make up 51% of Americans, according to a 2013 Gallup survey, and the states that are most Prot...

Interfaith Weddings

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

The minister at a beautiful outdoor wedding I attended last month wore a shawl with symbols of numerous faiths. The person sitting next to me whispered in my ear, "That woman has found a growing industry."

Taking Down Holiday Decorations

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Now that Hanukkah and Christmas are over until another year and we are wishing "Happy New Year" to everyone we see, when is, or when was, the proper time to take down holiday decorations?

A Strindberg Rarity -- Mr. Bengt's Wife -- An Answer to Ibsen's A Doll's House?

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Mr. Bengt's Wife, in its American premiere treated me to an insightful view of the master in his early development. A no-holds-barred tale of hysteria, gender expectations and personal redemption, it is the mirror opposite of the mature and organized Ibsen's A Doll's House.

New York Pastor Tim Keller Responds To Questions About His Gay Marriage Comments

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Tim Keller's comments on gay marriage, which I wrote about earlier this week, appear to have caused something of a stir inside the evangelical Protest...

Let's Stick to Facts on Evolutionary Theory

Carl Safina | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Evolution is as scientifically accepted as gravity. And while we don't quite understand how gravity works, we know a lot about how evolution works -- much more than Charles Darwin, even with all his genius, could have dreamt.

The Church May Be Dying, But The Scripture-Science Debate Is Alive And Well

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Unthinking religious leaders have made it out to be an either/or prospect: Either accept that Scripture is as much a science book as it is a spiritual book or the entirety of the Bible's reliability as a spiritual guide is in question.

Astoria Characters: The Cheers Leader

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.13.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Veronica Devine opened Veronica's Bar a dozen years ago. The place's history is as blurry as a drunk's double vision.

200 Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church's Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church's polic...

Predicting Religion's Future

David Briggs | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

If it seems foolhardy to forecast the date of the apocalypse, predicting the future of religion is not so far-fetched, as some scholars say they have an increasing number of scientific tools to make such projections.

Protesting Protestantism: Why Religion Must Continue To Change

Paul Pardi | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

I've become convinced that people of faith depend upon the social and practical constructs of something like the church in order to maintain a robust belief.

Merry Christmas, China!

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Just because China has embraced Christmas does not mean the country is becoming Western. Looks can be deceiving. Christmas tunes play on radio sta...

The Calling Shows How Some Are Summoned to the Ministry

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a four hour documentary airing on PBS this month in the Independent Lens series.

Is Time Spent Online Cutting Into The Clergy's Prayer Time?

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Christian clergy are keeping pace with technological advances, a trend that should only grow stronger as a younger, more wired generation takes their place in pulpits, according to a new study.

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.

The Press Misses the Real Story In the "Is President Obama a Christian" Controversy

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Joseph

A growing minority of Americans now believe that President Obama is a deeply-closeted Muslim, and an even larger number of citizens now don't know wha...

O Henry: In Defense of Henry VIII

Ali MacLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

Henry really got a bad rap. With all the crazy women he had to deal with, plus the stress of running a kingdom, I think he handled himself pretty well.

Religion, Bigotry, and Political Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.

A Step Toward Recovery from Our Oil Addiction

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Moving toward a "clean energy economy" will require more than just a re-wiring of the energy grid; it will also take a re-wiring of ourselves -- a conversion, really, of our habits of the heart.

Biblical Social Justice and Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.

Northern Ireland Deal Reached: Protestants Accept Plan To Share Government With Catholics

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Lawmakers from Northern Ireland's major Protestant party have unanimously backed a compromise plan with the Catholic...