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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...

Want To Understand Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Read The Sermons

Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion

The following forward, written by the Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, is an excerpt from the book 'A ...

Spiritual But Not Religious? Not So Fast: Disney, I-Clouds And New Religion

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

People are more religious than they give themselves credit for. But who are these new gods, what is this new spirituality, and what is the object of our new belief?

'Occidentophobia': The Elephant In The Room

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

It would be a fallacy to believe that prejudice and hostilities between Muslims and non-Muslims can be resolved by just asking non-Muslims to show more tolerance and understanding, without demanding reciprocity from Muslims.

A Worthy Conversation

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

The only hope for us is to stop in our tracks and turn our intention to finding the path leading to the healing of our national addiction to violence and its glorification.

Is This The End Of 'Evangelicalism'?

Skye Jethani | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

There are a great many Christians who are looking for a new public identity -- a new banner -- that is distinct from the tainted brand of evangelicalism we've inherited from the religious right.

My Fascination With The Amish Mafia

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

As several of the folks interviewed on the show indicate, the Amish people are held up by many as a stereotype of humble, innocent simplicity. And while this is true in many cases, there are also darker sides to the culture.

WATCH: Why Is Religion On The Decline?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline o...

Evangelicals Confuse Freedom With Free Rein To Insult Others

Wayne Besen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Wayne Besen

They simply can't comprehend that the "untouchables" they used to bully with their Bibles are no longer remaining silent and refuse to accept their inferior place in society.

Haunted By Lincoln, MLK And Louie Giglio

Edward Gilbreath | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Edward Gilbreath

Regardless of your politics, if you're a Christian leader who has ever taken your job seriously, becoming yoked with Barack Obama can be public-relations kryptonite. But the irony of the latest debacle is that it undermines Obama's intentional efforts to be a president of inclusivity.

President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation

Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion

The White House issued the following proclamation from President Barack Obama on the occasion of Religious Freedom Day 2013: Foremost among the ri...

Catholic Schools, Then And Now

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Decades ago Catholic schools moved children of immigrants up the social ladder through education. Today, they provide a different form of alternative education, giving parents at all economic levels a choice to send their children to a school that is right for that child.

Islamophobia Is A Racism

Stephen Goeman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Stephen Goeman

Islamophobia manifests itself through the surface characteristics of race. We wrongly think we can judge another's character by the color of their skin, the style of their clothing, or the Middle Eastern sound of their name. This is not a vigilance worth protecting; this is a racism.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

Ads Aim To Reclaim The Meaning Of 'Jihad'

USA Today/Religion News Service | Doug Stanglin | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Doug Stanglin USA Today/Religion News Service (RNS) An ad campaign on San Francisco buses is aimed at trying to change public perception of the...

'God Is Alive And Well In America'

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could...

Put God Back In Public Schools?

Adam Hamilton | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Adam Hamilton

The religious neutrality in our schools is, I would argue, one of our strengths. Teachers cannot inhibit or deride religion. But this does not mean that we've taken God out of public schools.

Holding God Accountable

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

I am not suggesting that the IRS necessarily wipe out all current distinctions between various kinds of not-for-profit organizations, but it does seem reasonable to suggest that we would all benefit from a greater degree of transparency from religious organizations.

Rift Between Oldest Synagogue, Jewish Congregation

AP | MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times that is worth millions has led to duelin...

Are Spiritual Communities Healthier?

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

For us longevity focused boomers, a return to a spiritual or worship community could represent an opportunity for renewed connection with others in a shared environment, as well as potential discernment and insight into the importance of belonging.