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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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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?

'Heaven Is For Real' Boy Describes Heaven To Sean Hannity

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion

Colton Burpo, whose account of a near-death experience at age 3 (almost 4) was told in the best-selling book Heaven Is For Real, gave Fox News' Sean H...

Living the Orthodox Holy Week

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Let us not allow our relationship with Christ and the Church to be a transactional one. Let us do what the Gospel directs us to.

Hijacking the Ark: Do Creationists Own the "Noah" Story?

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

As you can see, the story of Noah was already borrowed and given a new purpose by Hebrew scribes. It has been retold countless times, and the theme is now being used by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to tell his own idiosyncratic tale of environmental retribution and redemption.

Improving Healthcare, Saving Lives

Aamir Hussain | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

As a Muslim preparing to enter medical school in August, I have often wondered how to continue my passion for interfaith while working in healthcare.

South Carolina Legislator Wants To Give God Credit For Creating State Fossil

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - An 8-year-old South Carolina girl's dream of having the woolly mammoth become ...

Why Uganda Should Consider the Greatest Commandment

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It is the responsibility of all of us who believe in the biblical admonition that we are our brother's keeper to speak up and speak out strongly when we see human rights being violated.

Virgin Mary Statue Delivers Powerful Message

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

A Virgin Mary statue bleeds. Some gawk. Some snap photos. Others make the sign of the cross. Even if the Blessed Mother's condition isn't of divine...

What Is Spirituality? A Lenten Reflection for All Spiritual Traditions

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What is spirituality? "It is," as Rabbi Kaplan puts it, "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..." Consider t...

The End of Religion

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion as we have known it is breaking down. The evidence is everywhere we look. It is in the despicable rhetoric and violence of politically-oriented religious extremists, far and near. It is in the scandals and abuses plaguing our current ecclesiastical structures.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

Anti-Gay Policies Are Driving Huge Numbers Of Millennials From Church

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion

It's widely accepted that young people tend to be less religious than their elders. While recent surveys have revealed that one-in-five adults in Ame...

The Great Christian and Homosexual Divide

Shane Jordan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Shane Jordan

Most people would agree that the point of Christianity is to be Christ-like. For anyone who doesn't know or who hasn't cracked open the Bible or history book for that matter, Jesus Christ was not a hater.