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Religion in America

Doubt Is The Heart Of Belief

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Doubt does not undermine belief. It is central to belief, an indispensable part of accepting God and the mandates of a religious tradition. Even fervent believers have doubts -- lots of them.

Why Did I Become A Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

American Jews have the highest proportion of college-educated adults in America. The assumption of many parents is that their child will enter the legal, financial or medical profession. Entering the clergy deviates from this pattern. A rabbi is simply not a popular job for American Jewish boy.

Why Christians Might Have Something To Learn From The Dalai Lama

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Jesus didn't die so we could be the best, but so that we might know what it looks like to give our lives away. Were we to listen, the Dalai Lama might just be able to teach us something about that.

What Do Religious People Really Believe?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Matters of religion resist easy generalizations. The truth is that most religious people bring individual expression to their faith and feel no conflict with those who have different religious belief systems, or no religious belief whatsoever.

'What Are You?' Reflections On Asian American And Hapa Identity

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

There is a YouTube video making its way around this month. In it, a white man begins making small talk with an Asian American woman, and says to her, "Where are you from? Your English is perfect!" Annoyed, the woman responds, "San Diego. We speak English there."

New Survey Sheds Light On Role Of Religion In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

A majority of Americans believe that religion's influence in the nation is waning, yet also think society would be better off if more Americans were r...

Pat Robertson Misses The Part About Loving His Neighbors (Again)

Kyle Anderson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Kyle Anderson

While it is easy to dismiss Pat for just being Pat, the reality is that he has a microphone through his television show, which many people hear and take seriously. Voices like his need to be called out for adding nothing but hateful rhetoric and divisiveness into conversations about religion.

A National Day Of Prayer And Reason

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

We've enrolled prayer and reason as weapons in the culture wars. But how about a National Day for Prayer and Reason? Because there are plenty of Americans who do not want to separate the two.

We Are Not That #BostonStrong

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

From the moment I first turned the television on, I couldn't get comfortable with the heroism narrative. The Boston Marathon bombings didn't speak to me of the goodness of humanity in the face of evil, but the corruption of our species and the ways we try our best to control it.

Not In The Name Of Islam: Reflections On The Boston Marathon Bombings

Ajarat Bada | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Ajarat Bada

For those of us who believe in the enormous potential of religion to advance the cause of humanity, the bombings are disheartening. And there is a growing, albeit abstract, movement to create a new moral ethos for society that is devoid of religion. This is frightening.

The Untold History Of Abortion Access In America

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Alexander Sanger

Several U.S. states are falling over themselves -- and in some cases failing -- to ban abortion, abortion clinics and access to the few clinics that remain. This is not a new phenomenon.

Flags In Our Churches: A Conversation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I had a brief conversation after service with someone who noticed that we do not have the American flag in the sanctuary during our worship services. The kicker: He said to me, "It's because of that flag that you have the freedom to worship they way you do in this country."

Religion And Politics: A Combustible Concoction

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Michael Rohrer

If you want to clear the room, ask a question involving one of them. You'll either have a heated discussion on your hands followed by storm-outs or you'll have a quiet exodus of those who suddenly have somewhere else to be.

'Kumare' And The Allure Of Otherness

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

A man with a long beard, exotic accent, flowing robes and a staff enters the mainstream American culture of Phoenix and becomes a beacon for the most assimilated people in the city. It is as if his otherness transmits an aura of authenticity, spiritual profundity and religious truth.

Why Interfaith Efforts Matter More Than Ever

Eboo Patel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders, to signal clearly that the worst elements of every tradition represent nobody.

The Impotence Of Interfaith Dialogue

Khurram Dara | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Consider the type of individual who attends an interfaith event at his or her local community center. Do we really expect to find uneducated, ignorant people at these events?

Mixing Religion With Politics In North Carolina

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The legislators who cooked up this circus do not mention which religion will be the official religion of North Carolina if this resolution becomes a law. If, however, you pay attention, the brand of religion they are promoting is clear.

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.

Mainline Protestantism: Numbers Count, But Prestige Matters More

Elesha Coffman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Elesha Coffman

It's useful to recall this longstanding association between the Protestant mainline and the Christian intelligentsia as stories enumerating mainline decline pile up.

Latino Evangelicals Trending: A Closer Look And What's Next?

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

We have much to say about environmentalism, human trafficking, issues of life, prison reform, educational equity, urban and rural development, arms trade, U.S. foreign aid and the list goes on. The media, government and NGOs would do well in not ghettoizing us to a one-issue constituency.

Emily Swanson

Poll: Huge Number Of Americans Want Christianity As State Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

Although the North Carolina House of Representatives killed a bill Thursday that would have paved the way for establishing an official state religion,...

Poll: Americans Love The Bible But Don't Read It Much

Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion

By Caleb Bell Religion News Service (RNS) More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture they see in moral decl...

Conversation By A Fireplace About Morality In America

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

"We are a nation that has long been at war globally. But how do you talk of love and salvation to a guy who has just shot up a miserable village in a long ranging war that is condemned by a large chunk of the world, including his own church and maybe even family?"

Lazy Religion Tackles Gay Marriage: With Liberty and Justice for Most

Timothy Kurek | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

Lazy religion doesn't think in terms of people; it thinks in terms of abstract theological concepts and issue based stereotypes. It politicizes unique and beautiful individuals made in the image of God.

Is Magic A Social Service?

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

Magic to the People isn't out to convince anyone that magic is real, and it's not intended to replace qualified medical or psychiatric guidance. It's for those who already believe.