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The Most Religiously Diverse Countries Are..

Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

It won't come as any surprise that Vatican City is the least religiously diverse 'country' in the world. More than 99% of inhabitants are Christian. ...

World Welcomes Pope Francis' New Voice and Style

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.

Rising Religious Hostilities Ring the Bells of Alarm Across the Globe

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Religious hostilities, intolerance, radicalization, polarization, marginalization, and discrimination are on the rise. It seems that the situation worsens by the day, while the accompanying violence is particularly alarming in Africa and -- to a lesser degree -- in South East Asia.

An Interfaith Calendar In Vines

Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

Religious holidays and festivals are beautiful in their diversity. Take a very quick trip through the year's religious calendar with a selection of v...

10 Things You Should Know About The Transforming Global Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a comprehensive demographic study of over 230 countries and territories in 2012, a...

Can We Distinguish Between a Religion and a Con Game?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Books
Nigel Barber

Mormonism is an intriguing case history because it has a very shady past but has come to be accepted as a mainstream religion.

Do All Religions Teach The Same Truth?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

"Truth is one, the wise call it by many names," Swami Vivekananda proclaimed in 1893. More than 100 years later, this is a lesson that we still need to learn.

Globalization vs. Traditional Religion

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Religious leaders interested in maintaining a vibrant flock would do well to adapt their message to this snowballing trend of globalization, which they cannot fight.

Should We Fear Modern Religions?

Eliza Wood | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

While some consider these movements and "churches" irreligious affronts to the world's larger and longstanding faiths, are they any less valid than any other older faiths?

I Believe: An Atheist's "World View"

Edward Falzon | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

It's not anyone's fault but your own if scientific conclusions are at odds with your unexamined faith. The most troubling reality about these beliefs is how many are in the bible. None of them are.

Reflections On Wisdom, Wellness, And Wholeness

Joel and Michelle Levey | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Joel and Michelle Levey

The teachings of all the world's great wisdom traditions remind us that we have both an ordinary and a extraordinary identity, a personal and a universal nature.

Survey Reveals Strong Link Between Age, Religious Faith

Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 04/28/2012 05:24 PM EDT on LiveScience Across the world, people have varying levels of...

The Zen Of Christmas

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Mary Anne Mercer

Christmas is indeed special -- for Christians, a celebration of the earthly birth of the Son of their God, the Christ child.

Spiritual Precision: Emily Cheng Bridges Science And Art

G. Roger Denson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

New York artist Emily Cheng attempts to reconcile the traditionally oppositional modes of science and faith in two concurrent solo exhibitions of ...

God Is Not A Christian

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Desmond Tutu

Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.

10 Holy Pilgrimage Destinations

Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion

One thing that most, if not all, of the world's religious traditions have in common is a strong reverence for specific holy sites that are important t...

A Journey Into Interfaith Engagement

David Ford | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
David Ford

The global interfaith challenge we face requires institutional creativity, conversation, collaboration and thorough theological work and education, locally, nationally and internationally.

Faith Diplomacy's Importance Is Growing

Philip Seib | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Philip Seib

The world is becoming more religious, and to pretend otherwise limits the effectiveness of foreign policy.

Clinton Applauds U.N.'s Religious Freedom Resolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that s...

God and The Marketplace

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

How did "market norms" of trust and fairness come to rule our everyday lives? Some recent studies have demonstrated the critical role God may have played in this evolutionary transition.

Sacred Music Traditions Of The World (VIDEOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

There is something -- well, everything, really -- about that spiritual experience that is ineffable and eternally elusive. It's no wonder, then, that ...

The Rabbi Who Believes In Zeus: Why All Intuitions Of God Are Incomplete

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

No, I don't think that there is a huge bearded guy dressed in a toga sitting in a palace on a mountain in the sky. I believe in Zeus in the same way that Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato did.

Christians Under Siege: The Challenge Of Religious Pluralism In The Muslim World

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

While entitled in many countries to equality of citizenship and religious freedom, religious minorities in the Muslim world increasingly fear the erosion of their rights -- and with good reason.

New Report On International Growth Of Islam

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Washington, D.C. -- The world's Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35 percent in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to...

Honoring The Golden Rule With The State Of The Union Seating Arrangement

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Civility begins with breaking old patterns, even the simplest ones. What if those that represent us could take one night off from confirming what we already know -- that they do not agree?