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Religious Conversion

How People Come to Faith

Greg Carey | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Back in the '80s, Josh McDowell was extremely popular among evangelicals. Maybe he still is. Unfortunately, I can remember reading his stuff as a relatively uninformed college freshman and thinking, 'This stuff looks like Swiss cheese.'

The Return of the Christmas Tree: How Becoming Jewish Revived a Family Tradition

Leigh McMullan Abramson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Leigh McMullan Abramson

Last week, as we walked down Columbus Avenue, I confessed my Christmas tree crush to my husband. "They just smell so good," I told him. "You know," Adam said, as we approached one of the vendors, "If it's important to you, we could get a tree."

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

Don't Judge A Book Of Mormon By Its Cover: The Musical As Conversion Tool

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

I met two Mormon missionaries on a chilly spring evening when my husband and I attended the musical "The Book of Mormon." They were handing out copies of the LDS Scriptures -- aka the original Book of Mormon -- near the theatre entrance, and I couldn't resist talking with them.

Can Muslims Be 'All-American'?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

If Muslims aren't "all-American," and if "all-American" is used to describe white women before they convert to a racialized faith, then assumptions about who is "all-American" not only deny 3 million Muslims of their national and cultural identity as Americans, but they deny full Americanness to anyone who isn't white.

'Doublelife': A Book Review

Varda Epstein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Varda Epstein

Every time Gayle sees me, an Orthodox Jew, hair completely covered and bopping to Santana, she laughs and says to me, "There has to be a story behind you. I'd love to hear that." And now that I've read her book, I get where's she's coming from: Gayle Redlingshafer Berman has her own story to tell, and it's a doozy.

The Names We Choose

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Most of us don't choose our names. Unless you're P.Diddy, then you get a new one every two years when you re-up your cellphone contract. The names choose us, or are chosen for us.

Overcoming The Scars Of Our Caste Past

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The essence of the Vedic culture, today known as Hinduism, teaches that none of us are white, black, brown, red or yellow. We are spiritual beings, eternally lovers and servants of God, who have forgotten our spiritual nature.

36 Days Till Minnesota Votes on My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

I'm on the road this week, out east, not in Minnesota. Not doing anything about the fast-approaching election. I've had a little time to reflect from a different angle.

Atheism's Growing Numbers

Edward Falzon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

I touched down in Los Angeles only six weeks ago and started North on my Biblical Morality tour. Most of my time has been spent speaking at secular organisations and student groups, and I've been surprised at just how active the atheist/secular community is in the USA and Canada.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Supporting Converts To Islam

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.28.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Friends and families of converts are often confounded by and disappointed to see their loved ones making radical changes to their life. Loving someone means accepting them for who they are and supporting them.

How My In-Laws Ruined My Marriage

Pauline Gaines | Posted 08.05.2012 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

When one spouse has a primary attachment to someone that is stronger than the attachment to his partner -- be it a lover, a parent, or a child -- the marriage is in trouble.

Longtime Atheist Activist Converts To Christianity

Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion

Two months after he threatened to sue a Texas county for allowing a Nativity scene on public property, longtime atheist Patrick Greene has announced t...

Jason Linkins

Rick Santorum Will Stealthily Convert The Jews Of South Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

New York Observer political reporter Hunter Walker unearths a pretty hilarious relic from the past holiday season -- a wonderful little holiday card i...

The Observations Of A Jew Who Converted To Islam

Jeremy Greenberg | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Greenberg

Why did I convert? Simple. I wanted to better understand the life of Muslims in America, and what their growing presence means for the rest of us.

When A Family Member Converts

Craig Harline | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Craig Harline

What are the choices when a loved one leaves the family faith (or non-faith)? Though we may think we're far beyond the bickering of our forebears, our choices have remained much the same since the Reformation.

Conversion To Islam One Result Of Post-9/11 Curiosity

Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service BOSTON (RNS) Like a lot of other people in the haze and confusion of the 9/11 attacks, Johannah Segarich as...

Reading Christianity in the Age of Glenn Beck

Suzanne Morrison | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Suzanne Morrison

When it comes to buying Christian works, and I don't mean just liberal-approved Christian books like Lit, I often buy them online. Why? Well, because I'm embarrassed.

The Complicated Relationship Between Intermarriage And Jewish Conversion

Paul Golin | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Paul Golin

As acceptance of intermarriage continues to grow in the organized Jewish community, I'm hopeful that separation between the issues of intermarriage and conversion will continue.

Amazing Grace: How Conversion Really Works

Briallen Hopper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Briallen Hopper

We need conversion stories, but we need many other religious narratives as well, because conversion is never the whole story. We may convert, but we remain ourselves.

Tony Blair's Sister-In-Law Converts To Islam, Asks: Why All The Horror?

The Guardian | Lauren Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As a western woman with all my freedoms, I expected to deal professionally with men alone. After all, that's what the Muslim world is all about, right...

Ex-Catholics and Ex-Evangelicals: Why Did You Leave?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Are you a former Roman Catholic or former conservative evangelical? Or are you someone who is thinking of leaving one of these faith communities? I'm curious: Why did you leave and where have you landed?

Morocco Defends Expulsion Of Christian Workers

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Two days after expelling 20 Christian workers, Morocco has defended its actions saying that it will take a tough line on proselytism -- seeking conver...

Large and in Charge

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Whether you're colonizing natives in the New World or trying to keep women down without actually having to do anything, it's always good to make the people you control feel that everything is their idea.

Rifqa, the Reverand and Apostasy

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

Mohamed Bary says she can practice any faith she wants -- clearly, he is not a fundamentalist. He believes his daughter was brainwashed and kidnapped.