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Religion in America

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.

8 Reasons Religion Will Help Define The Path To The White House

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As sophisticated and postmodern as Americans believe themselves to be, a Gallop poll in 2011 revealed that 20 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats will not vote for a Mormon.

10 Things You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

To hear the dire warnings of conservatives, you would think that religious liberty in this country is hanging by a thread. Such claims are apocalyptic. They are also wrong.

How Religious Are Americans, Really?!

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion remains stronger here than in Europe whether one looks at objective evidence or self reports. But that is not saying much.

Hungering For The Spiritual In Culture?

Greg Perreault | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In the religious landscape, one of the most interesting changes in our society is the growing number of "Nones" -- people who are unaffiliated religiously but may still believe in a God. Two books I've read recently are emblematic of this.

Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Zinnia Jones

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

Getting Churchy In A Time Of Chaos And Hate

Gary Nelson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Gary Nelson

Always one to tell others that religion has been a crutch for the weak and the cause of everything abhorrent, I had to eat a little crow. I found something I was looking for in the most unlikely of places.

A New World

Richard Brand | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

My neighbors are not happy. But the removal of the public support for the Christian faith is good news for the Christian community.

Church-Goers Now A Minority In America

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

Trusting God As Some Leave The Presbyterian Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Like most new church planting pastors, when someone chooses to leave, no matter the reason, my heart and soul aches: I question my pastoral abilities, grieve the loss of relationships and always have an urge to do something to get them back.

The Heroes I Was Looking For

Eboo Patel | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I found full nourishment in Islam for ideas I initially encountered in other traditions. I am a Muslim whose first faith hero was Dorothy Day.

The Irony Of Jewish American Heritage Month

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

While I agree in good measure with President Obama's statement and feel that our community is honored to have a heritage month of its own, I fear that such a month may reduce the religion-state separation that enabled the Jewish community to thrive in the first place.

WATCH: Honor Everyone

Travis Reed | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

"In this electoral year tensions are particularly high. Polarities are strong. Many people think that the future of our country ... is at stake," Miroslav Volf says. "Honoring everyone contains the promise of possibility."

WATCH: Mitt Romney And Those 'Mormon Moments'

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

We are now living through the biggest "Mormon moment" of them all, and the coming months will teach us a lot about America and its ability to fully embrace its religious minorities.

My Neighbor's Faith: A Test Of Character

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This conflict is really about the role that faith will play in America. It is about whether or not we will accept Muslim Americans as true Americans or as second-class citizens. It is a test of our character, and we dare not fail it.

This Will Be The Largest Cross In The World

Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion

The "God-given vision" started out simply enough: build a 7-foot-tall cross on a mountain and invite people to meditate there with the Creator. Now, 2...

Divisive Presidential Politics Takes Aim At The American Muslim Community

Ben Herzig | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Ben Herzig

Alienating fellow American citizens based simply on their beliefs, as some candidates have done, is not only un-American -- it's bad politics.

Why Are Millennials Leaving The Church?

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Pastors and priests seeking to fill their pews with young churchgoers have a tough task ahead. Many younger Millennials have already moved away from the religion in which they were raised, mostly joining the growing ranks of the religiously unaffiliated.

PHOTOS: Turban Tying Competition

Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

SAN JOSE -- Turbans are not usually seen as a part of traditional American attire, but they are articles of faith and an integral part of the dress of...