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No Ishmaels Please


I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image


The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami


Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?


Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me


Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)


"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna


Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief


I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"


I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work


One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will


You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices


That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?


Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory


As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds


It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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A Changing World: Global Views on Diversity, Gender Equality, Family Life and the Importance of Religion  Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project

People see diversity and gender equality increasing in their countries but say family ties have weakened. Views on the importance of religion vary widely.


Kanye West at Coachella was a substitute Easter for sinner-saints  Religion News Service

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Aesthetic appreciation is my “religion”  Luther College Chips

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In Search Of Religion  WNPR News

The number of Americans who identify as 'spiritual but not religious' is growing, especially among millennials who may not be finding what they need in the.


Study: Religious couples report greater sexual satisfaction  Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The more religious that married couples are and the more they engage in faith-related activities at home, the happier they say they are with ...


What Research Says About How Religion Affects Your Health  The Federalist

Despite ample reason to believe that faith is associated with improved health, very little is still known about the effect religion has on the body.


The hollowing out of American religion  Religion News Service

The biggest American religion story of the past decade has been the rise of the Nones—those who answer “none” when asked what their religion is. Over the ...


Religious Minorities Across Asia Suffer Amid Surge in Sectarian Politics  The New York Times

The bombings of three churches in Sri Lanka highlighted the growing vulnerability of religious minorities across Asia, from Christians in Hindu-majority India to ...


2020 Election Revives Debate: Should Religious Faith Guide One's Voting?  NPR

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Christian faith leads in a "progressive" political direction. Conservatives disagree. The debate reshapes old questions about the ...


Future - How and why did religion evolve?  BBC News

Humanity's most puzzling behaviour has deep roots in our evolutionary past.


When Religion Is Too Free  Washington Monthly

Steven Waldman's Sacred Liberty is an ardently evangelical book. Waldman's faith, however, is not in any particular creed or sacred text; the First Amendment's ...


Is China Conducting A Crackdown On Religion?  Forbes

In recent months, the persecution of religious groups in China has been making headlines. The picture that these news stories create is one of China as a state ...


Fewer students identifying a religion fuels push to scrap scripture  Sydney Morning Herald

The number of NSW public school students who do not identify with a religion surged by 13 per cent in the three years to 2018, making non-believers the ...


Interfaith event aims to build community among students of different religions  Daily Bruin

An interfaith committee featured students from different religions Tuesday to promote understanding across faiths. Panelists from various religions – including ...


What would the Cossacks say?  Religion News Service

If you had told this story to a Jew sixty years ago, he or she would have said: “Stop. This is a joke, right?” Except, it's not. Just this past week, Ukraine elected a ...


Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies  Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) — White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday (April 23) that faith drives the ...


Sri Lanka must tackle the religious intolerance that fuelled the Easter attacks  New Statesman

Religious intolerance has been on the rise in the country since the end of its civil war.


Science Says: Religion Is Good For Your Health  Forbes

Theologists, scientists and thought leaders have attempted for centuries to understand the impact that religion can have on human beings; both mentally and ...


‘Psychiana’ explained: Film shows how Idaho was once home to booming mail-order religion  Idaho Statesman

Psychiana was a mail-order religion founded by Frank Robinson in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho Public Television will air a documentary about the history of the ...


Coexisting is key: Religions on UK's campus help unite students  Kykernel.com

On a campus with over 500 student organizations, the University of Kentucky has 23 organizations with a religious or spiritual self-designation that are registered ...


Americans back stronger role of religion in society  The News International

NEW YORK: Around half of Americans favour religion playing a greater role in United States society, while 18 percent oppose that idea, according to a Pew ...


Navigating Religion in the U's Theatre Department  Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah Theatre Department does not shy away from controversy. In November, the play “Big Love” featured onstage nudity, explicit sexual ...


2019 ELECTIONS: God and elections: Religion and politics meet behind – and in front of – the pulpits this Easter  Daily Maverick

Easter weekend saw politicians from across the spectrum attending religious services nationally. It happens every year, but in 2019 there is a sense that religion ...


Dangerous Tactic: Democrat Lawmakers 'Weaponize' Religion  CBN News

These days, religion is being referred to far too often as a disqualifier for public office, in direct violation of the US Constitution.


I’m not passing my parents’ religion on to my kids, but I am teaching their values  The Washington Post

My children, a 3-year-girl and a 1-year-old boy, aren't baptized. Many people take issue with this parenting decision — especially the people I know from my ...


Religious Freedom In Malaysia Under Microscope  Forbes

Religious intolerance is a pressing concern in Malaysia. The issue was raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, following a visit to the ...


In Charts: Religion  The Globalist

A collection of charts, maps and graphs exploring global religion.


Three criteria to evaluate Francis' reform of Vatican Curia  Religion News Service

(RNS) — The cardinals who voted in conclave to elect Pope Francis did so hoping he would reform the scandal-plagued Vatican Curia and make it more ...


Evidence for ancient religion discovered in Lake Titicaca  National Geographic

Gold artifacts, precious shells and evidence of animal sacrifice in Lake Titicaca point to a belief system that helped organize the ancient Tiwanaku state, ...


Losing their religion? New report shows Spaniards are turning their backs on faith  EL PAIS

Nearly one-third of people in Spain are either atheists, agnostics or non-believers, according to a study by the Ferrer i Guàrdia Foundatio.


‘If ex-Catholic was a religion...’: Why independent Catholic churches are flourishing  Philly.com

On Holy Thursday, a solemn day in the most sacred week in the Catholic calendar, St. Miriam's felt like any other Catholic church: The altar featured a crucifix ...


On a Day of Funerals in Sri Lanka, Religious Tension Builds  The New York Times

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — The coffins came one by one, some heavy and others unusually light. As bulldozers tore into the *fresh* earth, clearing an enormous ...


Reader: No, the Constitution does not say we are a religious nation  Herald-Banner

In response to the April 13 letter to the editor titled “Separation of church and state not by Founding Fathers”:]


Let reason, not religion, govern the aid-in-dying issue  The CT Mirror

The Medical Aid in Dying bill (HB 5898) once again didn't make it out of committee this year. Be that as it may, I was appalled to learn from State Rep. Jonathan ...


'Global warming is a religion, not a science'  The Advertiser

Sky News host Andrew Bolt has hit out at the Opposition, arguing that everything about 'Labor's global warming policy is a con' as thousands rally around the ...


The Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers  The Guardian

Editorial: Across much of the world, millions of people are persecuted for their beliefs.


Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf  The New York Times

Mr. Buttigieg has confronted evangelicals like Vice President Mike Pence, questioning the moral authority of religious leaders who have stayed silent on ...


Buttigieg plays the religion card  Religion News Service

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who this week formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, has caused a stir by criticizing the religiosity ...


Dune and religious appropriation  SYFY WIRE

Frank Herbert's Dune is an appropriation of many cultures and religions - but is that a bad thing?


COGAT prepares for Ramadan, increased freedom of religion and worship  The Jerusalem Post

Security preparations are underway for the month of Ramadan, which will begin this year on May 6.


Review of Nicholas Wolterstorff, "Religion in the University"  Inside Higher Ed

The title of Nicholas Wolterstorff's Religion in the University (Yale University Press) seems disproportionate for a small volume of lectures. It sounds more like the ...


What's crazy about religion on Game of Thrones  Religion News Service

There's a scene in Season 2 of Game of Thrones in which a high priestess for whom red is the new black gives birth to a . . . thing. A smoke monster, writhing and ...


Unaffiliated with any religion, they still seek Easter traditions  OregonLive

America's fastest-growing "religious" group is composed of people who say they don't have a religious affiliation, or are "nothing in particular."


Survey: There are now as many Americans who claim no religion as there are evangelicals and Catholics  CNN

The non-religious edged out Catholics and Evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey. The three groups remain within the margin of error of each ...


Talk of a rising religious left is unfounded. It already exists.  The Washington Post

In small but meaningful ways, the religious left lives on.


60 Minutes: Former members of cult-like religion ‘The Truth’ speak out on child sex abuse  9news.com.au

The Truth Church is a hard-line religion which has been operating in regional communities for more than 100 years, with around 10,000 members. The sub-sect ...


Deus Ex Machina: Religions Use Robots to Connect With the Public  The Wall Street Journal

The 15th century had the printing press. Today, a handful of religious institutions are developing interactive machines to share doctrine and converse with the ...


Is being gay compatible with religion?  Duke Chronicle

Every day on my walk to class, I stroll past the stunning Duke Chapel that towers above me. Sometimes I stop to stretch my head up and take in the glorious ...


Organized religion is losing its followers  The Washington Post

CNN reports, “For the first time 'No Religion' has topped a survey of Americans' religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist.


Irony Alert: Socialism Needs Religion to Work  Wall Street Journal

The only elements which help this economic system work are religion, limited community and the free opportunity to leave.


Short of electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion  The Washington Post

CARACAS, Venezuela — The lights in Petare had gone dark. Again. The people of Venezuela's largest slum were used to the blackouts that halt the flow of ...


Santa Claus, God and Lord Buddha: the difference between a belief and a religion  The Conversation - UK

Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?


Losing my religion led to a healthier outlook on life  PhillyVoice.com

Once a committed Christian, my current outlook on life is aligned with the You Only Live Once mentality – as much as I hate to admit it and reference an ...


How the Left Keeps Me Religious  National Review

The most godless, religion-free, and Bible-free institution in the West — the university — has become the both the stupidest and most morally corrupt institution in ...


Death v. Religion at the Supreme Court  Religion News Service

In February, by a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a petition from a death row inmate in Alabama who asked to have his execution delayed so ...


West African religions are on the rise in Maryland as practitioners connect with roots  Washington Post

The religions appeal to African Americans who have been struggling with questions of identity.


Evangelicals helped get Trump into the White House. Pete Buttigieg believes the religious left will get him out.  The Washington Post

The gay mayor from Indiana says he thinks Democrats — and the vice president — have lost touch with religion.


Montana Can't Use a 150-Year-Old Anti-Catholic Law to Discriminate Against Religious Schools  Cato Institute

The Montana Supreme Court ruled that the state's anti-Catholic “Blaine Amendment” required striking down a modest school-choice funding program.


Religion in the death chamber: Supreme Court’s 2 rulings, one of which served justice  Los Angeles Times

Just a few weeks after horribly bungling a 1st Amendment issue raised by a death penalty case out of Alabama, the Supreme Court made the right call Thursday ...


Let's Take Back Religion From The Fundamentalists  New Matilda

The slow creep of fundamentalism affects all religions, writes Dr Mariam Tokhi. It's time people of all faiths stood against that. I felt sick as I saw the news ...


Choice on Myanmar: Defend religious freedom now, or pay price later  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Globally speaking, religious freedom isn't just a matter of principle but an urgent security priority, because places that start eroding the rights of religious ...


A look inside a Pakistani madrassa - Religion and education  The Economist

AFTER HIS victory in the battle of Badr in 624, the Prophet released the prisoners he had taken, on condition that they teach others to read. That, says ...


Indonesia election: Another big democracy sees religious divide deepen  Quartz

Indonesian president Joko Widodo's Twitter account has been interspersing tweets that show him on a minor pilgrimage in Mecca with videos that show off new ...


Freedom From Religion Foundation objects to Ten Commandments at Welty Middle School  New Philadelphia Times Reporter

"The District is conducting its due diligence and will be making the best decision for its students, district, and community. The New Philadelphia City School ...


We must unify religions – UG lecturer | General News 2019-04-23  GhanaWeb

Religious affairs lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ben-Willie Golo says Ghana can further douse religious tensions by working on measures to unify ...


Move over Big Bang: Should science take a page from religion's Big History book?  The Times of Israel

In 'Origin Story,' Prof. David Christian offers a big-picture look at Earth, the universe, and everything — a zoom-out perspective that could just save the planet.


Global jihadists increasingly turn against religious targets - Carnage in Sri Lanka  The Economist

TWO DECADES ago al-Qaeda made its name by mounting a succession of bombings against America across the world. These included the American ...


2019 polls in retrospect: Does democracy need religion?  The Nation Newspaper

No doubt, the much awaited 2019 poll has come and gone. But the ripple effect lingers on. To any keen observer the election threw up a number of critical issues ...


Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods  Religion News Service

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods. The 85-year-old emperor ...


Morocco Trains Foreign Students in Its Practice of Moderate Islam  VOA News

Naminata Koulibaly, 30, receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute, founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015, and hopes to return to her home in ...


Pete Buttigieg confronts Pence about religion ahead of 2020 bid  CBS News

Gay rights and religion are at the heart of a simmering feud between Vice President Mike Pence and potential Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.


Professor shares research on intersection of medieval architecture, religion and design  Iowa State Daily

Tracy Miller, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University, spoke Tuesday in the Sun Room in the Memorial Union.


How Prominent Women Built and Sustained the Religious Right  Religion & Politics

In September 1983, Beverly LaHaye gave a press conference in Washington, DC, to announce that her four-year-old lobbying group Concerned Women for ...


Ahead of coalition talks, Liberman says won't budge on religion and state issues  The Times of Israel

Yisrael Beytenu head says coalition entry dependent on party sticking to its basic principles on security, immigration and absorption.


Mississippi school orders teachers to remove religious items from classroom after complaint  Fox News

Teachers at a Mississippi elementary school were forced to remove religious displays in their classrooms after the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) ...


60 Minutes: Cult-like religion allowed ‘convicted paedophiles back into its congregation’  9news.com.au

A 60 Minutes investigation has exposed the shameful secrets of a fundamentalist religion operating in regional Australia. Reporter Allison Langdon spoke ...


Quebec to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols  Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Quebec will ban public sector employees from wearing religious symbols during work hours, in legislation ...


A Simple Form of Spirituality Brings More Satisfaction Than Religion  Inverse

A study published Thursday in the journal 'Psychology of Religion and Spirituality' challenges the idea that being religious is the most consistent way to feel ...


Openly Gay, Openly Christian Buttigieg Challenges the Religious Right  New York Magazine

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg is openly gay and openly Christian, and in addition to his other qualities, presents a challenge to Trump and his religious right ...


Despite scandal, St. Thomas Christians in Kerala aren't going anywhere  Religion News Service

KOCHI, India (RNS) — On a hot Sunday morning as high Mass let out at St. Thomas Kottakavu Church, Niya Francis, 24, found her shoes among a sea of ...


Rastafarianism, promising freedom, spreads among African youth  Religion News Service

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Dressed in a red turban and black robe, Douglas Okello bowed and gazed at the portrait of the former Ethiopian emperor pinned up in ...


Singaporeans frown on religion influencing politics, Singapore News & Top Stories  The Straits Times

Most Singaporeans are religious, but still frown on religious behaviour that could influence politics or disrupt social harmony, a new report by the Institute of ...


Future of decades-old CBS religion documentary program in doubt  Religion News Service

(RNS) — The future of a decades-old CBS documentary series focused on religion is in doubt, as the network is potentially discussing cutting back or even ...


Qanta Ahmed: Ilhan Omar is a disgrace to Islam and doesn’t represent my Muslim religion  Fox News

Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to be an embarrassment and a disgrace for me and other American Muslims with her outrageous, ignorant, anti-Semitic and now ...


How outrage for a death row inmate may have flipped the justices for religious liberty  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Within the last two months, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued two important religious liberty decisions with strikingly similar facts and diametrically ...


The 'God factor' - Politics  WORLD News Group

WASHINGTON—Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is openly courting religious voters on the left and encouraging his opponents to do the same.


Is Religious Decline Inevitable in the United States?  ChristianityToday.com

If you take a course in the sociology of religion at any college or university, the professor will inevitably spend some time on what is known as secularization ...


What Hail Satan? director Penny Lane learned from her doc on Satanists  Vox.com

A documentary called Hail Satan? seems aimed squarely at provocation, which is fitting: Filmmaker Penny Lane (as her website URL proclaims, it's her real ...


Quebec wants to ban public servants from wearing religious clothing  The Economist

A LARGE CRUCIFIX has long hung above the speaker's chair in Quebec's legislature. The first one was installed in 1936 to acknowledge the bond between the ...


Secular lobby advocates equality as religious leaders weigh in on election  The Guardian

Campaign aims to remind candidates that majority of Australians don't want religion to dictate social policy.


Can the Catholic Church heal the culture?  Religion News Service

The Catholic Church has the answers to today's cultural crisis, says Bill Donohue in new book. SAN FRANCISCO — Common sense has been relegated to the ...


Different but the Same: Religious Persecution in China  Harvard Political Review

While religious intolerance has long been intertwined with China's history, measures of control have grown increasingly harsh under Xi Jinping. Since his ascent ...


Malaysia police likely behind religion-linked abductions: Inquiry  Al Jazeera English

The Christian pastor and Shia Muslim, who were kidnapped by masked men more than two years ago, are yet to be found.


China city offers cash for information in religion crackdown  Fox News

A southern Chinese city is offering cash rewards for information about "illegal religious groups" as the ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip over ...


'The religious heart of France': Duke professors react to Notre-Dame burning  Duke Chronicle

Built in a French Gothic style and consecrated to the Virgin Mary, the Notre-Dame Cathedral was completed in 1345. This cathedral has survived the scenes of ...


Should veganism receive the same legal protection as a religion?  The Conversation - UK

Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank ...


Scientists establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage  Salon

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region ...


Repression of Religion in China Is Getting Worse. Here’s What Can Be Done.  Daily Signal

It's been a little more than a year now since new regulations on religious affairs went into effect in China in February 2018. Although Chinese people of faith ...


Texas Republicans’ Push for a Religious ‘License to Discriminate’ is Depressingly Familiar  The Texas Observer

Today's targets of religious discrimination are members of the LGBTQ community. Not long ago they were African Americans and women.


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