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Religious Understanding

Evangelical Christians: The First American Liberals

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

How did evangelical Christians, who have been dedicated to the care of all people and at the forefront of social reform in America, come to be broadly identified with intolerance and a lack of compassion?

My Religion Is The Truth -- For Me

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Pluralism is not a religion; it is an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us.

Let's Be Hones About Interfaith Dialogue

Jon D. Levenson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Jon D. Levenson

At a time when conflict is already lethal and interreligious understanding is more urgently needed than ever, some might argue that we should gloss over the points of difference. I agree about the need for interreligious understanding; I disagree about the recipe for achieving it.

The Importance of Sacred Language

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Rabbinic sages often referred to humans as 'creatures that speak.' While language that we find for sacred experience may be inadequate to convey the significance of that experience, it is upon us to search for those words.

How To Prevent Violence And Increase Interfaith Dialogue

Pamay Bassey | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Pamay Bassey

If you make a decision, in your own life, to reach out across the sometimes wide chasm of religious beliefs and practices, you can make a difference.

The Tragedy Of Labels

Michael Jinkins | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

One of the best ways to dismiss the ideas of others, without ever having to think about them, is to label them as quickly as they are uttered. Some roads to hell may be paved with good intentions, but others are made smooth by a flippant bigotry that avoids truth by stereotyping.

The Training Wheels Have Got to Come Off

Aaron Anson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Aaron Anson

The bottom line is that no matter what our beliefs are, they are often based largely on interpretations handed to us by others.

A 21st Century Faith

Rob Sobhani | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Rob Sobhani

What brought these and others from across the globe to Israel this sunny day in October was their firm belief in a certain set of principles. Foremost among them was a belief in the oneness of man.

Vatican Rep To Jews Causes Controversy On First U.S. Visit

AP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK — The cardinal in charge of Vatican relations with Jews landed in controversy during his first U.S. visit in his new position. After a...

Hijab is Not A Halloween Costume

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.29.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Don't think that a Muslim American women's chagrin is limited to Halloween. Ignorance about hijab is a year-around phenomenon in some segments of our society.

Just Because I Think You're Wicked, Crazy, Mislead, Doesn't Mean We Can't Get Along

Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick | Posted 12.27.2011 | Religion
Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick

One thing we all agree on: No matter what religion a person prescribes to, at the beginning and end of the day, it is the love, respect, decency and kindness we share that matters.

11/11/11: Our Instinct For Unity

John Philip Newell | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
John Philip Newell

To pray for peace is not to seek a healing that is contrary to our deepest instinct. It is rather, as Mahatma Gandhi said, to get in touch with "the intense longings of the human heart."

Religious Hate At Occupy Wall Street?

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

These incidents are not widespread. But we call on the demonstrators and the communities involved to stand as one and denounce the hate now -- and at every future opportunity.

Religion Can't Be An End Unto Itself

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When we see all the evil that is done in the name of religion, we naturally want no part of it. But the truth is, the problem isn't with religion per se. The problem is with seeing religion as an end unto itself.

Welcome, Atheists. But, Really, Why Are You Here?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

I am impressed by how often certain atheists' posts make knowledgeable references to elements of faith and wonder if their quarrel is not so much with God.

Racism Is Fueled By Fear

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Fear is immobilizing and it keeps us separated. Our "them and us" mentality has no place in a country that is working to be a democracy, and it certainly has no place in our communities of faith.

The Kindness Of The Prophet Muhammad

Cassie Williams | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Cassie Williams

We need reminders of the people in our past that established greatness through kindness. The Prophet Muhammad was one of these men.

Talk Is Cheap When It Comes To Religious Freedom

David Briggs | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

When it comes to guaranteeing freedom of religion, it matters much less what nations say in their constitutions than what they are prepared to do to enforce those laws.

The True Cost Of 9/11

Maher Arar | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Maher Arar

Politicians should have a moment of truth and admit that the cost of these wars, both in human and economical terms, far outweighs what they have achieved on the ground.

A Bright Future For American Muslims

Imam Mohamed Magid | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Imam Mohamed Magid

I believe in an America that will overcome these difficult times in the next 10 years and help create a better future for people of all faiths (or people of no faith), be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim.

Hate And Hope

Serene Jones | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Serene Jones

How is it that both greater freedom and hate-filled intolerance resulted from the attacks of 9/11? We must acknowledge the wound inflicted on this day have not healed, but festered.

Catholic-Jewish Relations Still Have Far To Go

Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion

By Philip A. Cunningham and Eric J. Greenberg Religion News Service (RNS) A fascinating exchange recently took place in the pages of the Vatican's...

WATCH: Russell Simmons Pledges Support For American Muslims

Daniel Tutt | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

The project seeks to help dispel the fear and ever rising levels of Islamophobia in America by changing the cultural narrative from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Muslim Canadians Should Ease Out Of Prayers In Public School

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To build cohesive societies where trust is the norm, we have to treat everyone justly.

Just Because I Don't Eat Pork, Doesn't Mean You Gotta Have Beef With Me

Qasim Rashid | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

I'm not naive or in denial, I just want people to understand. I understand that some just don't like Muslims. And they're entitled to their opinion. But it doesn't mean they gotta have beef with me.