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Religion in America

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.

Notes On Freedom And Culture: What Culture? Whose Freedom?

Alan Jones | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

We need a new national conversation about the culture that produces both lousy and great movies, about a culture that embraces violence as the necessary price of freedom, about the kind of human beings we are becoming.

Christians And The American 'Baby Bust'

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

People concerned about falling birth rates could more constructively spend their energy loving the neighbors they already have.

Meditation Makes You More Liberal, Study Says

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Until now, scientists have not explored the impact of meditation on that most un-meditative of all disciplines: politics.

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is one thing I think all Christians should remember, and that is the one simple thing Jesus once said would be the one-and-only thing the world would know us by: "They will know you are my disciples by your love" (John 13:35). When we love, what more needs to be said?

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.