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Religion in America

Will The New Pope Help To Improve Catholic Church Architecture?

Thom Nickels | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

No matter where I travel, whether it's to Louisville, Ky., Vienna, a remote island in the Caribbean, Paris, Montreal or Quebec City -- I see revamped Catholic sacred spaces and cathedrals stripped bare.

Christians, Fish And The Removal Of Hats

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As the old saying goes, the fish is the last to see or even feel the water because it is so pervasive. By analogy, what many within our society consider "normal" and appropriate, upon critical reflection, may be perceived as (re)enforcements of mainline Christian standards.

Does Atheist = Secularist = None?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Let there be no doubt: There is a lot of disagreement among scholars as to how the terms utilized above are best defined. And two of those scholars who really disagree are myself and Professor Phil Zuckerman.

'Argo' Is Bad, Embarrassing And Wrong

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

"Argo" demonstrates how out of touch we are with crucial global realities and how disconnected we are from how we come across to the rest of the human family through these kinds of expressions.

Paging God In Health Care

Wendy Cadge | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Wendy Cadge

The realities of health care in America make many of us wish we could make this call/page/text and that God would swoop in and makes things right. An all-powerful God might find lost paperwork, speed up slow health care systems and heal the conditions that led us to the hospita in the first place.

5 Hopeful Signs For U.S. Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources. Yet there are also more hopeful trends about the health and mission of houses of worship.

What War On Christianity?

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Slayton

Quite a few of our countrymen believe America has declared war on Christianity. Sounds terrible. And deserving of further analysis. All true patriots concerned about this state of affairs will want to know more, will want to get to the bottom of what is happening in our country.

What Happens When We Name The Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Although some scholars have used the label since at least the 1960s, the ongoing discussions about Nones have popularized this new identity out of nothing. And this has significant potential to influence society.

A New Witch In Town: The Real Beautiful Creatures

Annie Finch | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Annie Finch

At least books and films such as "Harry Potter" and "Beautiful Creatures" have started to bring the popular image of the witch beyond the realm of the 16th-century pointed hat. But now it's time to move forward still further into the 21st century.

Line of Questioning

Kristin Shaw | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

"Mama, is God a girl?" Looking down the road, I can see that the questions are only going to increase and get more and more interesting. Years of explanations and serious conversations unfold in front of me, and I wonder how well I will do.

What If Gay Kids Had A Church That Loved Them?

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I wondered how life would be different if there were churches around that loved these kids for who God created them to be, instead of trying to change them from what church people fear they represent.

Spiritual But Not Religious: Misunderstood And Here To Stay

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

It could be the most important religious development of our time: SBNRs are as diverse and complex as any other spiritual cohort. They are here to stay, and their numbers will surely grow as pluralism evolves and access to the world's wisdom becomes even easier.

Is Birth Control Fight Really About Religious Freedom?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Only when partisan evangelicals earn a reputation for sincere regard for religious freedom -- for all people's religious freedom -- will complaints about non-evangelical presidents and their supposed assaults on liberty ring credible.

The New Rabbi Of The 21st Century

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Talented rabbis are working in day schools, Jewish Community Centers, camping agencies, communal organizations, college campus institutions and philanthropic foundations. They are also cobbling together two and three part-time jobs in ways never imagined in previous generations.

ACLU Seeks Removal Of Ohio School's Jesus Portrait

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion

CINCINNATI -- A portrait of Jesus that hangs prominently in an entranceway at a rural Ohio public school is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and ...

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'It Is Good To Be With So Many Friends United In Prayer'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

For his fifth year, President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning in at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Yet...

Facing Intolerance, American Muslims Cope Creatively

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Time and again, while engaging with Muslim youth at schools, universities and community forums, a common anecdotal thread characterizing their ultimate educational experience is underreported bias-based bullying and otherwise discriminatory incidents at school. Hence, the need for dialogue.

Not Minding My Own Business: Leviticus, Morality, and Not Killing Gay People

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Minding my own business. That's all I was doing when I came across an article about a pastor, Kevin Swanson, who warned on his radio show that inside of ten years, gay people will likely be burning Christians at the stake -- because, you know, that's how the gays do ... at least since Nero.

Exile Or Eden? Conflicting Mormon HIstories

Terryl L. Givens | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Terryl L. Givens

In the afterglow of Romney's respectable showing, one finds unease among some in the ranks of Mormons. They ask: Is distinctness or integration the greater burden?

Catholics And The Obama Administration Need Couples Counseling

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Not only do lay Catholics need to better understand ther leaders' views, but their leaders must take heed of what is on the minds of their parishioners.

Eboo Patel's Tools For Growing Interfaith Community

Paul Chaffee | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Paul Chaffee

"Sacred Ground" is a slim volume that serious interfaith students or practitioners will read for the fascinating territory it surveys: the history of religious bigotry in American politics, the sociology of nonprofits in the United States, and the "science of interfaith cooperation."

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?

Much Ado About 'Nones'

Matthew Myer Boulton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Matthew Myer Boulton

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you'd have good reason to the conclusion that the United States -- and indeed the world -- is becoming less and less religious. And yet, this is misleading.

Way Too Much Praying

Richard Brand | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

After all the fuss about who would be invited to do them, apparently nobody thought to suggest how long the inaugural invocation and benediction should be. There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing."

Obama Extols Biblical Vision Of Equality For All In Second Inaugural

Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America's civil religion, but Presi...