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Religion in America

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.

Counting U.S. Catholics: Signs Of Growth And Decline On The Road To 100 Million

David Briggs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

There is only one U.S. religious group that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet, to hear some critics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape.

WATCH: 36th Kwanzaa Begins In Los Angeles

Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion

Happy 36th Kwanzaa! Celebrated in the week between Christmas and the new year (Dec. 26-Jan. 1), Kwanzaa is based on seven principles: unity, self-d...

Conversation With A Spiritual Icon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Who Are You Calling A Jihadist?

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Jihad, Jihadi, jihadist, even -- most ridiculous of all -- counter-jihadist. These labels are used by laypeople and journalists alike, often using jihad as a synonym for "any violence undertaken by Muslims." So what does jihad really mean?

Living Within An Interfaith Framework

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious. 

What Pamela Geller Can Teach Us On Christmas

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Each of us can decide whether we will feed conflict or feed peace. As Americans, we can play the role of bridge-builder, innovator, bringing together parties in conflict -- to listen to the pain and grief that are embedded in stories currently in circulation.

Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Many of us are shocked every time we hear it, but this type of thinking -- to blame the victim while claiming to read the mind of God -- is not a new thing.

What MLK Still Has To Say

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Today, it is apparently easier to place King back in history than to live with what he still has to say. But when it comes to peace and justice, MLK is as unyielding in death as he was in life.

Learning to Build Global Leaders From Around the World

Andy Braner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

They're concerned with school, sports and social standing. They want to impress people around them so they feel important. They're longing for someone to validate them as people. And most of all, they just don't want to live life alone.

Dear Christians: Relax. There's No War On Our Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Public expressions of discontent simply add to the negative impressions of Christians as insensitive, whiny and -- let's be honest -- jerks.

The War On Christmas -- Ugh

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I do not at all care how often the word "Christmas" is (not) used by politicians, entertainers or my local barista. As a Christian, I do not think that it is our God-given right to display Christian symbols on public land as if we have claimed the U.S. as Jesus' primary mailing address.

Musings On The 'Holiday Tree'

Brian Levin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.

'Mixed Religion' As Identity: Who Are These People?

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

The discovery of a cohort of "Mixed Religion" adherents in the U.K. serves as a reminder that the demographic reality of religious double-belonging among adults can no longer be ignored.

Deck The Halls With Matzoh Balls

Hal Lifson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Hal Lifson

Every year as a kid in the 1960s my family celebrated Christmas as a festive holiday. The funny part of this to some of my friends is that my family was Jewish. Why not enjoy all the holidays during December?

Muslim Libertarians Fight Islamophobia In A New Way

Javed Ali | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Javed Ali

Bias hurts both the general public and specific communities. The American Muslim community, in particular, has been exploring new ways of addressing Islamophobia -- the irrational fear of Muslims.

The War On Advent

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Ancient Christian saints, theologians and evangelists would be horrified that those who claim to stand for tradition have forgotten the most important aspect of it. Jesus Christ was not born that human beings would spend December shopping or saying, "Merry Christmas."

Let's Throw Our Demons Off The Cliff

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

What has happened to us as a nation that it is so rare and courageous for a Christian to speak the truth of the Christian tradition in public life and challenge us to do better for the poor?

Hanukkah, When The Jews Lit Candles Rather Than Celebrate War

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Bible, with its vision of men one day beating swords into ploughshares and its promise of a future of eternal peace, sees war as savagery in every case but self-defense. The men of Arthur's roundtable may be born for adventure. But the biblical knight of faith is born for service.