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Religion in America

Murdering Innocent Sikhs Does Not Make You A Patriot

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Sam Chaltain

The notion that anyone could think murdering fellow citizens reflects American values tells us a lot about the ways we have failed as a nation to ensure that all people understand, at its core, what it means to uphold those values.

I Don't Want To Go Back To Church And Why I Will

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is.

No One Prays Better Than Anyone Else

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Spirituality and religion are enmeshed in a global struggle that involves new definitions, fresh "Mission Statements," and taking an unabashed closer look at things like truth, worship, who's welcome, what's defined as sin -- and the very nature of prayer itself.

How Christianity Is Being Saved

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

America has a tradition of Great Awakenings -- times when we remember the Spirit blowing across our land and demonstrating God's power in people's lives. We learned to pray for these renewals because they kept the ship afloat.

After Ethics Probe, Southern Baptist Leader To Retire

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Richard Land, the man who became the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention on ethical and ...

The Attack On Chick-fil-A

James Robison | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The current vicious attack on Chick-fil-A is against much more than one family and their business. It is a blatant assault on faith, Judeo-Christian morality and freedom itself. Believers must no longer stand down and remain silent.

My Muslim Identity

Anika Rahman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Anika Rahman

I have made a conscious choice to self-identify as a Muslim, despite my secular upbringing. I believe it's important to lead by example to shatter the preconceived notions about Muslims.

A Scholar Who Changed Lives: The Grace Of Deborah Bruce

David Briggs | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

In a world where humility is considered more a weakness than a virtue, she was self-effacing and dedicated to serving others. A lot of us are going to miss Deborah Bruce.

The Differences Between Mormonism, Islam And Christianity

Eliza Wood | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

While many Americans might not be willing to consider electing a Muslim candidate for president in 2012, in reality Islam is about as close to Christianity as Mormonism.

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.