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From ISIS To Westboro: Introducing The HuffPost Religion Podcast

Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Hallelujah! HuffPost Religion is launching our new weekly Podcast called All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All ...

Two Islams -- The Mangled-up and the Pristine

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To be a Muslim is to be a peace-maker who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity.

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

Ebola Doctor's Prayer: "God Saved My Life!" Really?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When I hear Dr. Kent Brantley thanking God for sparing his life, as well as thanking the public for their many prayers, I cannot help but wonder, What about the 1200 Africans who died of Ebola? Why were you spared but they were not?

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

How to Break Free from Organized Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Thee purpose of all religion is to free you, and to bring order out of chaos. When a religion ceases to free you, you need freedom from religion.

Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

So, with Robin Williams, and others like him and their families, it is my sincere hope the Church will respond to this with compassion, understanding, and with openness. We need many informed and humane conversations around the issue of suicide.

New Jersey Home's Flag Looks Like ISIS'; Controversy Unfolds

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion

A New Jersey man flying a flag that resembles one often associated with the al-Qaeda offshoot Islamic State unfurled a wave of controversy when a phot...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Civilizational Partners and Equals: What Narendra Modi Means for American Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For Hindus in America, Modi's leadership will mark a promising opportunity to bring faith, culture, nation, and world together. There is a great deal of hope riding on what he does, not only for India, but also for symbolizing a Hinduism that is modern, strong, and still true to its universalism.

A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these remaining few hours or Ramadan, do your best to spend a little bit of time with yourself and look inside your heart to see what are you carrying with you as you leave this month. Each of you has so much to share with this world.

Buddhist Musings in Ramadan

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: Lessons for Life from a Fight with My Wife

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was constantly doing good for people, whether they were his supporters or not. It's one thing to be good to people who are treating you well. It's another to be good to someone who isn't.

Jesus and the Immigrant Children

Rob Lee | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Rob Lee

This entire time we've been hearing about the number of children flocking to our country from Latin America I can't help but think of Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs."

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: I vs. We, Illness vs. Wellness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.

Ramadan 2014 Community Live Blog

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

Welcome to the HuffPost Ramadan 2014 live blog. The sacred time of year for Muslims is upon us, and HuffPost Religion will update this page daily ...

Why the Widespread Departure from the Church?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I am frequently asked, "Why the widespread departure from organized religion?"

Cop Who Refused To Enter Mosque Loses Appeal

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police captain who refused to set foot in a mosque hosting a police appreciation ceremony was rightfully punished for disobedience,...

Pasta and Peacemaking: Learning Nonviolence From My Kids

Derek Flood | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Derek Flood

It's amazing to me how much of our spiritual and emotional problems have clear biological and physical causes. The reason he was so demanding is that his body was hungry, and so his brain went into alarm mode:

Spirituality: How To Nurture It

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I like the way Rabbi Kaplan defines it. He says spirituality is "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..."

Muslim Wrestler Gets OK From NCAA To Compete With Beard

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

The NCAA has granted a Muslim wrestler from the University at Buffalo a waiver to compete with a beard, the Council on American-Islamic Relations anno...

Understanding Clergy Sexual 'Abuse' as Torture

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The experiences of members of what started out as a small support group of survivors in the United States and now counts 18,000 members in 79 different countries, bear out what studies have shown for some time: The harms caused by sexual violence by clergy are often severe and life-long and, in many cases, life-threatening.

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?