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Religion in America

President Obama's Easter Message

Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion

Statement by the President on Easter Weekend: For millions of Americans, this is a special and sacred time of year. This week, Jewish familie...

America And The Poor

James Robison | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Robison

Satisfaction with the success and wealth of personal prosperity has led far too many Americans to trust the blessings freedom made possible while forsaking the truth and the living God who is necessary to set us free and keep us free.

The Victory Of Light Over Darkness

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As the Lenten season ends in Easter rejoicing, note what has been wrought in you this year: There is a deep hunger in our collective psyche to re-orient our lives toward life and light, healing and peace.

Church Where The Sidewalk Ends

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

It's time for those of us in the Christian Church to exercise our imagination and boldly step off of the sidewalk to a place of imagination and limitless possibilities, a place outside the well defined boxes we expect to find -- beyond the solid footing of the known and into the sometimes shifting sands of the unknown.

Haven't Got A Prayer

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Isn't it ironic that it would be political suicide for any of our elected leaders of today to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln? May we as a nation recognize again the need to pray to the Almighty and may He again bless this country.

Why Christ Needs Christianity

Tyler Blanski | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Tyler Blanski

To say Christ does not need Christianity is like saying a farmer does not need agriculture. If by agriculture we mean Monsanto and McDonald's, then perhaps the statement is true. But if by agriculture we mean the practice of farming, then the statement is an oxymoron.

How Is The White House Seder Different From All Others?

Jewish Daily Forward | Devra Ferst | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion

By Devra Ferst The Jewish Daily Forward For a president of the United States, the personal is inevitably political. But there is one annual event ...

The Tyranny Of The Sandwich And The Bread Of Affliction

Deborah Lott | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Deborah Lott

Passover day in 1960, the world broke down into sandwich eaters and weirdos, and in my classmates' eyes, there was no doubt to which category I belonged.

Passover: A Timeless Message For African Americans And Jews

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In our modern era, the open question remains: How will we, as an ever-more diverse and often fractious nation, avoid the fate of the ancient Egyptians, and instead succeed in responding to the challenge of the ninth plague?

Contraception Mandate Strengthens Religious Liberty And Women's Health

Sally Steenland | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The administration's announcement that religiously affiliated institutions are permitted to opt out of the contraception requirement strengthens religious liberty while safeguarding women's health.

The Myth Of Christian Persecution

Candida Moss | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Candida Moss

If persecution language is not reserved for situations of actual persecution, then unspeakable violence becomes indescribable. Disagreement becomes martyrdom and martyrdom becomes disagreement.

The Rise of Religious "Nones" Indicates the End of Religion As We Know It

Gary Laderman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The rise of the "nones" surely suggests it is the end of religion as we know it. Forget churches; forget priests and pastors; forget the Bible; forget organized religion generally.

What If The Kids Don't Want Our Church?

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Churches with massive overhead invested in things like church buildings, denominational infrastructures, functional church organizational models are awakening to the fact that the generations that are supposed to be taking the institutional baton are showing very little interest.

A Story Worth Telling At A Time Like This

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.

When Secularists/Evangelicals Took Over America: Stereotyping And Denigrating Other' Beliefs

Craig S. Keener | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If all of us who have experienced others' insensitivity to our beliefs could sympathize with those marginalized for beliefs different from our own, we could make the world a more tolerant place.

Is America A Christian Or Secular Nation?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

If you want to know what the Treaty of Tripoli is and why we should be so cautious when interpreting those cryptic 16 words of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, then listen to Professor Fea's rich and detailed reflections on our foundational documents.

Report Reveals Shocking Information About Americans And Religion

Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.13.2013 | San Francisco

The Catholic Church may have just elected a new pope, but if a recent study is any indication, fewer Americans than ever may care. The study, entit...

Katherine Bindley

Record Number Of Americans Claim No Religious Affiliation: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

The number of Americans who claim to have no religious affiliation is the highest it has ever been since data on the subject started being collected i...

The Ikea Effect, Slow Church And Laboring Our Way Into Love

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We have succumbed to the trends of the surrounding culture, employing professionals to prepare the perfect space and the ideal services to accommodate all comers. All you have to do is show up. But if I don't have to invest anything into the community, the community doesn't really matter.

Boy Scouts, Dump Your 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy (Part 3): Be Morally Straight

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

Like the military, the Boy Scouts demand integrity and honesty above all. If they choose, scouts and their leaders should not have to hide who they are and be forced to live a lie.

Rethinking How We Track Hate Crimes In America

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

As it currently stands, our government is not adequately tracking hate crimes. Rather, we are overlooking the violence endured by some of the most regularly targeted communities: Sikhs, Hindus and Arab Americans.

The Ultimate Blockbuster

Doug Birdsall | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Doug Birdsall

Sunday night, televisions across America were tuned into a new Mark Burnett-produced series. But it wasn't what most people have come to expect from the man who is arguably the most successful reality television producer working today. Instead, he is bringing to life the best-selling, most influential book of all time: The Bible.

The Diminished Retributive God

Eldon Taylor | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Eldon Taylor

If we are all a part of god, then god's retribution is somewhat analogous to the idea of cutting off our nose to spite our face. So does that mean that bad goes unpunished by this god?

How To Be Spiritual But Not Religious In A Way That Actually Helps

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

People appear to have all the old needs for some sense of certainty, for some sense of direction, but increasingly find the old ways unhelpful, or even harmful. We are at a time of crisis. And, as people sometimes notice at such moments, we are also at a time of opportunity.

Where Do I Want To Be When Justice Rolls Down?

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

For God, justice doesn't mean simple fairness, flattening everything out so it's the same. Justice means seeking for everyone what they need to flourish.