OnFaith Issue:
Atheism, Secularism & Nones

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What Happened to Religion in America? The I’s Have it

A Southern California synagogue dedicated to the idea that there is no God exemplifies America’s recent turn toward secularism. Is that a good thing?

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How to Spot an Atheist

Fine-tune your atheist radar and be on the lookout.

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Nones on a Mission

Why I’m drawn to the religion of the Nones.

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Atheism

Set your stereotypes aside and get to know atheists all over again.

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Pastors Who Don’t Believe: Can Churches Support Them?

How many churches today are led by ministers who have lost their faith? Can churches learn to accept and support them?


OnFaith Issue:
Does God Hate Women?

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Churches often stress the sunny side of faith, but I found more truth in the dark.

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To Thwart Anti-Woman Violence, President Jimmy Carter Calls for a Religious Power Shift

President Carter sends a message to world religious leaders: Stop using religion to justify violence against women.

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5 Reasons You Need a Female Pastor

Many of today’s Christian seminaries have as many women as men. Here’s why that’s good news for churches of the near future.

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Women Like Me Are Abused Worldwide. Here’s Why.

As a female preacher, I have firsthand experience of the way religion can discriminate against women. But religion is not the problem.

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Religion Gets a Bad Rap on Women. But There’s More to the Story

A closer look at the history of religion reveals a world where women were celebrated and revered.


OnFaith Issue:
Is Sin Still a Thing?

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Whatever happened to the word “sin”?

Although almost every sermon in my childhood church centered on sin, the word has vanished in the years since.

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When Is a Sin Really a Sin?

It’s our corrupt motives that mark us as sinners, not the sins we commit.

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Pope Francis the Sinner

Sure, this is the pope who said, “Who am I to judge?” But Pope Francis’s mission has been to live out a theology of sin.

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Sin: Making Sense Out of Nonsense

Love the sinner, hate the sin? That doesn’t work for atheists. But even we can make sense of sin.

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Good News! You’re a Sinner and Lent Is Here

During the season of Lent, Christians are reminded of their sin. That makes it the most wonderful time of the year.


OnFaith Issue:
Reading the Bible Today

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Let There Be Violence?

A growing rift emerges within evangelicalism over how to read the dark side of the Bible.

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How We Ruined the Bible — and How We Can Save It

That Bible everyone’s reading, quoting, arguing about, using to defend their positions? It’s not the real Bible.

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Reading the Bible Through Sean Hannity’s Eyes

How conservative talk radio helped me see the error of my Bible-believing ways.

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When the Good Book Goes Bad (Or, How the Story of Noah Floods People of Faith)

Condemning the movie “Noah” is a good way to help people avoid reading the story of Noah. Maybe that’s for the best.

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Why Catholics See the Bible Differently than Protestants

The story behind the Catholic approach to Scripture.


OnFaith Issue:
Sex and Spirit

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Causing Little Ones to Stumble…into Bed

My research on alternative sex in America led me to rethink virginity.

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On Religious Liberty and Gay Rights: Who Would Jesus Sue?

Christians today are all too ready to lawyer up. They should remember the way of Jesus instead.

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Secret Sex Lives of the Bible Belt

Seven snapshots of sex therapy from a former therapist at a megachurch counseling center in the South.

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From Modesty to Maxim

Are Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry the unintended consequence of evangelicalism’s modesty mandate?

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Cover girl power

Why Barbie is the ideal Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl.


OnFaith Issue:
The Latest at OnFaith

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Sociologist: Religion Can Predict Sexual Behavior

“Religion and sex are tracking each other like never before,” says sociologist Mark Regnerus.

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The Internet Is Not Killing Religion. So What Is?

Why is religion in decline in the modern world? And what can save it?

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Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

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Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

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Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?