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Religion in America

Who's Afraid of Muslim Women Exercising?

Avi Spiegel | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Avi Spiegel

When a YMCA recently set up an extra swim class for a group of Muslim women, it caused an unprecedented backlash. The women sought a safe space to exercise without men around -- in a way that would honor their Muslim faith and their personal traditions of modesty.

My Liberal Christian Church Is Not Dying

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Though it may seem self-evident that declining church attendance is evidence of something gone wrong, would we rather see churches that accommodate society's ills grow?

What The Church Has To Offer

Mark Labberton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Mark Labberton, Ph.D.

An increasingly large number of people in the United States have come to assume that ecclesial or theological conversation has nothing to do with them. Still, there is a voracious hunger for hope.

America, Ramadan Kareem

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

As millions of fellow Americans spend the next few days in striving to improve their physical, moral and spiritual faculties, they will also be expressing their gratefulness to America's pluralistic ideals and multiculturalism.

Advancing Religious Pluralism: A Pew Study Breaks New Ground

Khyati Y. Joshi | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Khyati Y. Joshi

In a national survey providing one of the first detailed glimpses into how Hinduism is practiced in the United States, the Pew Research Center offers new data that illuminate the complexity and richness of our pluralistic democracy.

The 'C' Word: Why I (And Other Christians) Resist The Label

Mark Sandlin | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I decided from the very beginning that during the three months I'm on sabbatical, I will not go to church. I've never done that for more than a couple of Sundays in my whole life. Ever. And it worried me.

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?

Jeremy John | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

If there are so many churches here, why does America look so unlike the Kingdom of God? Why are we strangers to our neighbors? Why do we have homeless poor among us? Why do sweatshops produce the majority of our goods?

Saving Christianity Through Love Of God And Neighbor

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The trouble has nothing to do with lacking biblical grounding. It has nothing to do with lacking an identity. The trouble comes with putting these theological tenets into practice.

Ordinary Muslims Doing Extraordinary Things

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Does a reference to Muslims trigger thoughts of folks organizing food pantries, park cleanups and low-cost health clinics? Do you envision a helping hand? Allow me to introduce you.

Emerson's Declaration of Spiritual Independence

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This was radical stuff in pre-Civil War America. Emerson was essentially turning religion 180 degrees on its axis. Instead of a deity presiding over creation from somewhere up there, divinity was here, there and everywhere.

A Future Church Together

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Two women church leaders I know are deliberately innovative in opening up new vistas of faith. They represent a vision (and also perhaps a coming reality) of a future church.

Take This Job And Love It: Faith And Happiness In The Workplace

David Briggs | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

After deciding whether and whom to marry, the choice of a job or career is the next major life decision most likely to be influenced by faith, according to a new study.

Islamophobia, Sikhophobia And Media Profiling

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

The first casualty of a hate crime in post-9/11 America was a Sikh-American named Balbir Singh Sodhi. According to official reports, his murderer said he killed Sodhi because "he was dark-skinned, bearded, and wore a turban."

I'm A Values Voter, Too

Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D.

I am a religious person. I believe in God, the Bible is a core touchstone of my life, and I strive to live my life in accordance with the Bible's precepts, commandments and values. I am also a left-wing, liberal, scientifically minded Jewish woman.

As Episcopalians Gather, A Vision For A Bottom-up Church

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

One blessed result of nearly 30 years of tumult and controversy is that the Episcopal Church now stands unquestionably for a progressive vision of the Christian message.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

Including Ourselves: A Lesson From An Elevator-Ride

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

It's not uncommon for kids to ask their parents about "that thing" on my head. In most instances, the parents look at me uncomfortably, embarrassed that I might be offended in some way. But recently I had the most amazing experience.

Religious Freedom In The Country’s Founding Moments

Michael Meyerson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Michael Meyerson

Those who founded our nation feared divisiveness, sectarian violence and intolerance, yet they also believed that religion could help unify a diverse nation.

Reborn on the 4th of July

Logan Mehl-Laituri | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Logan Mehl-Laituri

God came into my life because I allowed it to happen. I had no choice but to respond to the call of discipleship; to pick up my cross, I had to put down my gun.

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

Obama And Romney Should Run On Religion

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Religion is a low priority among voters this year, especially when compared with the economy. And both candidates are acting in ways that will make 2012 the most secular presidential campaign in years.

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

Freedom On Trial

James Robison | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The freedom we have enjoyed is on trial and we are witnessing the destruction of it because too many Americans fail to understand the binding link between liberty and personal responsibility.

Washington’s Letter To Jews Highlight of Religious Freedom Exhibit

The Jewish Daily Forward | Paul Berger | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

By Paul Berger The Forward Imagine a country where Jews are prevented from serving as lawyers, where men must swear on the New Testament to enter ...

Is It Time To Reconsider The Term Islamist?

David Briggs | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The modern use of the term Islamist is a Western creation, but it was adopted by many with the intent of providing a more accurate label for Muslims seeking to integrate their faith into public life.