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Religion in America

What Are the Most Common Religions Where You Live?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Though most Americans identify as Christian (more than three quarters, according to the survey), there are at least 236 discernable faith groups in the U.S., according to an earlier study by the ASARB.

Myth or Method in Religious Education

Randall Frederick | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Randall Frederick

In a failed economy, at a time when several studies show interest in religion on the decline, why would anyone devote time, energy, and money to studying theology?

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. A...

Steinsaltz Biography On the Rebbe Enlightens Followers

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

Unlike Samuel Heilman's "The Rebbe" and Joseph Telushkin's upcoming book "Rebbe," much of Steinsaltz's work is based on his own personal experiences, perceptions and interactions with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Chabad movement.

Why SCOTUS' Prayer Ruling White-Washes Religion

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

It's a hollow kind of freedom that allows people to practice whatever faith they choose but says they must sit nicely through the Christian worship regardless.

How Hispanics Are Changing Religion In The U.S.

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 04.18.2014 | Latino Voices

Latinos are dramatically remaking religion in America, even in the Catholic Church where they are making an impact not only in growing numbers but als...

Are the Spiritual but Not Religious Turning East?

Linda Mercadante | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Linda Mercadante

Are we seeing a "turn to the East" among those people unaffiliated with any particular organized religion, especially those who self-identify as "spiritual but not religious?" I don't think so. Of course, the influence of America's increasing religious diversity is evident.

Religions Can Criticize Each Other, so Why Isn't It OK for Atheists to Criticize Religion?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders perpetuate a double standard that paints humanists as outliers, they do a disservice to all.

Half Of Americans Read The Bible, But Not Because Of Hot-Button Issues

Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

The number of people in America who do not identify with any religion may be at an all-time high, but the Bible still holds an important place in the ...

More Americans Than Ever Before Say Religion Is 'Not That Important' To Them

Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion

Americans are losing faith. At least, that's the conclusion of a new poll on religion. Jointly conducted by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, the po...

The End of Religion

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion as we have known it is breaking down. The evidence is everywhere we look. It is in the despicable rhetoric and violence of politically-oriented religious extremists, far and near. It is in the scandals and abuses plaguing our current ecclesiastical structures.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

An Open Letter to the Black Church

Frank Roberts | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Frank Roberts

In my view, contemporary Christianity has become a form of idolatry. More specifically, many African Americans seem to have an idolatrous relationship to the Bible: they worship the Bible versus worshiping God.

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.

Our Brother's Keeper

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

When one established right is weakened or worse, it's that much easier to erode additional rights. That is why cases like EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch -- despite the fact that no members of our own faith are involved -- motivate the Adventist Church to action.

Repairing Christianity's Damaged Brand

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right's grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity.

Being Evangelical

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

A sense of personal commitment, a warm, personal encounter with Jesus Christ, and a devotional openness to the Bible provide an adequate introduction to being evangelical. Then again, if you want to understand what being evangelical means, just ask an evangelical.

Austin, Texas -- A City That Wears Its Soul on Its Sleeve

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Austin has the reputation of being not your typical Texas town -- it's more liberal and more secular than the rest of this Bible Belt state. Perceptions notwithstanding, there's plenty of religion going on in Austin. You can see it from the street.

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?

Supreme Court Considers Compulsory Prayer

Sally Steenland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The Supreme Court is hearing a case today about whether the act of opening government meetings with official prayer is constitutional -- or if doing so steps on the First Amendment and unlawfully puts the government in the business of promoting religion.

What If Salvation Has Everything to Do With Politics?

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if your "personal relationship to Jesus" is informed not just by how much you pray or whether you have the proper view of the trinity, but by how you treat the people Jesus had a nasty habit of hanging out with -- you know, the folks on the fringes... the ones on food stamps, the ones who get fired for being gay?

On Millennials and Faith

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

It seems the topic du jour in religious circles is the waning faith of Millennials. While I've enjoyed reading the opinions and commentaries of the experts, I thought maybe it was time to have a Millennial lend her voice.

Celebrity Deaths and the Future of American Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The cult of celebrity that is prevalent and powerful in society today is one example of a new religious culture, and when the death of a celebrity occurs, whether as a result of old age or a young life cut short by tragedy, the way we talk about it and the rituals we use in the aftermath are just as sacred as sitting shiva or giving a sermon.

Treasuring the Non-Famous in an Era of Infamous Fame

Charles Redfern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Driscoll and MacArthur become magnets for holier-than-thou snarkiness, especially when they launch disruptive publicity ploys. The anti-Driscollites mutate into mirror images of their nemesis, raising their blog hits, but accomplishing little else.

Will Interfaith Marriage Spell the End of 'Us' and 'Them'?

Yona Zeldis McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Yona Zeldis McDonough

An interfaith union provides an extraordinary opportunity to make the political personal, to challenge the status quo, and to embrace the kind of tolerance that will benefit us all.