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Religion in America

'One Film 9/11' Can Make A Difference

Craig Considine | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Craig Considine

We learned through "Innocence of Muslims" that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for another film to make a difference -- for the better.

Hundreds Of U.S. Pastors Back Political Candidates, Defy Tax Rules

Reuters | Nanette Byrnes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Oct 7 (Reuters) - Baptist Pastor Mark Harris stood before his flock in North Carolina on Sunday and joined hundreds of other U.S. re...

Fighting False Balance In The Media

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reports on Catholicism are especially vulnerable to false balance, and often it is achieved through manipulation of the name "Catholic" and religious symbols such as veils and Roman collars.

Attack Of The Spiritual But Not Religious

Kate Blanchard | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Alan Miller hopes for a humanist culture full of "inspiring alternatives" that "inspire and engage," and in which people's ethics and behaviors are built on, as he puts it, "something beyond themselves." It seems to me that this will require making room for SBNRs.

What Are The Religious Issues To Watch For In The Debates?

Lee Jefferson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Lee Jefferson

The two candidates, Obama and Romney, both claim to be committed Christians. With Romney's Mormonism, observers of the election are wondering, "When will the Mormon card be played, or will it be played before November?"

BibliFact Roundup: Conventional Snippets Of Uplift And Hope

Timothy Beal | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Timothy Beal

The Bible possesses a kind of iconic power in American culture that has little to do with its contents. Indeed, sometimes its contents and its iconicity clash.

Spiritual But Not Religious: The Worst of All Worlds

Alan Miller | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Alan Miller

Selecting a superficial mixture of "nice-feeling" items from Yoga to a slice of Zen and a moment of Tao is hardly progressive as far as options for humanity is concerned. They have jettisoned the hard work, diligence and observation of organized religion for a me-me-me what-ever kind of lifestyle

Most Americans Doubt Scientology Is A 'Real' Religion

Reuters | Chris Michaud | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Most Americans do not think Scientology is a true religion, more people would prefer to win an Olympic gold medal than a Pulitzer prize an...

Wisconsin Killings: Threatening Clouds, Silver Linings

I.J. Singh | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
I.J. Singh

I look at the Wisconsin killings and their price and value to Sikhs. At a personal human level the price of each life is awesome; it can never be met. But the greater national sensitivity and awareness that has resulted is of inestimable value

Anti-Islamic, Yes, But It Is Also Just A Film

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

This question hinges on whether "Innocence of Muslims" is a form of expression that incites physical violence. That, it seems to me, is were the real argument lies.

The Truth About The Trail Of Tears And Christianity

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

When it comes to America's Indigenous peoples, Christianity has done much wrong. At no time should anyone have been making decisions for people in sovereign aboriginal nations. Likewise, Indigenous followers of the Jesus Way should not be presumed upon by saying they have all been brainwashed.

Are You Game?

Lamar Vest | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

For years, the Bible has been found in a variety of places: in churches (naturally), in hotel rooms, in prison cells, on battlefields, just to name a few. Now the Bible is taking center stage in an unlikely place: your TV.

The Real Values Voters Summit

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

We are all values voters. Our values come from the core teachings of our various religious traditions. We share a core set of religious beliefs and values that should guide our votes in this election and in every election.

Movie Questions Hell As Place Of Eternal Torment

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — How can a loving God send people, even bad people, to a place of eternal torment? A new documentary struggles with questions ...

Jewish High Holidays: Time To Reflect And Stop Hate Crimes In America

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

It is appropriate that during this time the U.S. Senate will address ways in which all communities can flourish in America. In light of the recent and horrific hate violence, it is in solidarity that I welcome the U.S. Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism.

Survey: Americans Overstate Size Of Religious Minorities

Religion News Service | Jeanie Groh | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such...

AmeriCorps Chaplaincy: A Call To Clergy

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

The AmeriCorps Chaplaincy is an idea based on the realities of these experiences and the need to intentionally reach out to and be present for these volunteers. It's amazing how receptive people are if you are open, vulnerable, genuine and there to do what you can

Red Hook Summer

Sharief Easterling | Posted 11.13.2012 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

Spike's track record speaks for itself, he continuously pushes the envelope by tackling the social and political issues that are prevalent within the African American community. So do the right thing and go see Red Hook Summer. No pun intended.

God, The Celebrity

Eliza Wood | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

The religious and irreligious alike will likely continue to be outraged by some of God's portrayals from whatever media they emerge. But with built-in audiences from here to forever, Hollywood won't be killing off God any time soon.

WATCH LIVE: The Next Christians

Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion

Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons represent the diversity within American evangelicalism that is lost in coverage of Christian voters and candidates. Gabe Ly...

The Fundamentally Toxic Christianity

John Shore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
John Shore

The one thing I do want to say for anyone just making their way out of the darkness of Independent Fundamental Baptists is this: that you once so thoroughly bought into IFB is a sign of your strength, not your weakness.

Prayerful Reflections On September 11th

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Every anniversary of this tragic day, I make a habit to set aside a substantial amount of time for myself and pray. My immediate prayers always go for the victims of these reprehensible attacks.

Interfaith Misunderstanding In America

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Interfaith misunderstanding is a contagious disease. Misunderstanding among "us" begets hostility against "them," and hostility against "them" begets more hostility. As the global fever of interfaith hostility rises, everybody potentially finds himself in somebody's crosshairs.

Why No One Cares About The White Jesus Of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

Paul Harvey | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Paul Harvey

Jeremiah Wright's sermons about a black Jesus killed by white Romans nearly derailed his former parishioner Barack Obama's candidacy. The white Jesus of Mitt Romney's Mormon culture, by contrast, has raised no cultural firestorm. It is hardly even noticed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is The Answer To The Christian Right

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

The mayor of New York City is the most intuitively secular thinker in America's leadership class. But this does not mean that he is in any way opposed to religion.