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Religion in America

Secular America Wins!

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

After last night's election, secular Americans can do things they haven't done in years: They can celebrate. They can feel a smidgen optimistic about the future of their country. And they can stop prattling on about repatriating to Canada.

Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Christians can stop worrying about the symbols of the decline of Christian America and get back to the mission Jesus gave us to show the world a different way to live -- a way that demonstrates the great character of God.

Jesus for President 2012

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We have to engage. After all, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the real stuff of his world -- day laborers and unjust judges, widows and orphans, strangers and immigrants, abused women and exploited workers, redistribution of wealth and reconciliation with enemies.

Religious Principles And The Election

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We should not go into the voting booth informed only by warm sentiments but instead by an informed understanding of the real social consequences of what the candidates' policies would be.

No More Followers

Richard Brand | Posted 01.01.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian faith is in decline in Europe and is pretty much stagnant in the United States. The great churches in Europe are mostly empty, and the number of people respond "None" when asked about a religious commitment in the United States is growing.

How I Explained To My Children The Reasons Our Family Goes To Church

Christine Organ | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Christine Organ

Last Sunday morning began like most other mornings around our house. The mood was carefree, relaxed and lazy. Until, that is, I announced that it was time to get dressed so that we could leave for church.

The Threat Of Yoga

Alan Jones | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Alan Jones

Yoga is getting a lot of attention lately -- from news of people overdoing it by mistaking it for a competitive sport to objections to its being taught in schools as a means of religious indoctrination.

Malcolm X's Hajj: An American Story

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

One American's personal transformation through his Hajj experience changed the course of his personal history, and the history of his community, his country and beyond.

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: The Roman Circus

Travis Reed | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

"Elections are coercive ... 51 percent get to tell 49 percent how to live. So, elections are not in and of itself the character of democratic life ... Elections in America have so little to do with people -- we elect commercials."

'Distilled Spirits' Traces Birth Of New Age Spirituality

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion

BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) Gerald Heard is the most influential religious thinker you've never heard of. Without Heard, some of the major spiritual dev...

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

The Shoot-Out Election: How To Vote?

Alan Jones | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Alan Jones

Given the extremes of our political discourse, where does a "progressive traditionalist" like me find solace and encouragement?

Dressing Up For Prayer And For God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

There are times and places when our worship requires a sense of awe and dignity. There are times when we need less "here and now" and more transcendence and beauty. There are times when our prayer must be marked by reverence and earnestness.

Judge Rules Couple Cannot Change Their Last Name To 'ChristIsKing'

Associated Press | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge has told a Staten Island pastor and his wife that they cannot take the Lord's name in vain. Civil Court Judge Philip Stra...

Facts, Fear And Fundamentalism

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

In his new book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars," Kurt Eichenwald revives the story of George W. Bush, Bible prophecy and the Iraq war. He also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the dangers of fundamentalism.

Don't Vote For The 'Better Catholic'

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

When a Catholic candidate speaks about his or her faith, it's more important for voters to concentrate on their policies, rather than trying to worm their way into the person's soul.

The Bible And Congressman Broun

Adam Hamilton | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Adam Hamilton

I love the Bible. I read it every day. It has affected my life in profound ways. I am a pastor and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook, a science textbook or a guidebook for public policy.

What Faith Communities Can Offer The 'Nones'

Phil Haslanger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Phil Haslanger

OK, church folks. Fasten your seatbelts. But don't hunker down. There's a new study out that shows that one in five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim.

Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is within this new emergence an affinity for those matters of social and personal justice, compassion, spiritual wholeness and unity within and among all people and faiths. These were the obsessions of Jesus while here on earth.

America's Perception Of Muslims Needs To Change

Dr. Zahid Bukhari | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Dr. Zahid Bukhari

As violence proliferates abroad we must ask ourselves a question: How is this affecting the image of millions of Muslim Americans who live here in the U.S.?

It's Time To Get To Know The 'Nones'

Chris Stedman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

In a time when debates about same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, capital punishment, epidemic hunger and even Big Bird dominate American discourse, it is of paramount importance that we understand the values held by the religiously unaffiliated.

Meet John Q. Nones: A Profile Of The Fast-Growing Religiously Unaffiliated

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Meet John Q. Nones, a young, white male who is making a big impression on the American religious landscape for something he doesn't do: align wi...

Let's Stop Our Unchristian Politics

Greg Garrett | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Our process of making decisions that involve our faith and our civic life is flawed almost beyond repair, and our focus on what we consider Christian issues instead of on doing politics in a Christian fashion has brought us to this point of division.

Sexual Misconduct And The American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Kate Bowler

Every Sunday, millions of American Christians attend a megachurch that preaches a "prosperity gospel" of health, wealth and happiness. But in this era of supersized banks and corporations, prosperity megachurches have become just another organization that assumes it is too big to fail.

Open Mosque Day 2012

Megan Sweas | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Eleven years after 9/11, bigots continue to promote the idea that American Muslims plan to convert us all by sword and impose sharia, Islamic law, on America. But the Muslim American community has opened its doors. It's up to us to see where they may lead.