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ANALYSIS: ‘Pagan’ is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo.

Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term … Continued

Renowned journalist throws the book at Scientology

After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his expose of al-Qaida, journalist Lawrence Wright turned his eye toward another … Continued

It should be possible to keep the faith and compromise

On the face of it, the Bible doesn’t exactly promote the value of compromise. Going along to get along — … Continued

The angst of Iowa

Chris Carlson AP Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. … Continued

Beyond the ‘War on Christmas’

‘Tis the season, and along with jingling bells, carols, and ho-ho-hos, we have the old (roasted) chestnuts: the meaning of … Continued

Sukkot guide: Finding God in a temporary dwelling place

Sean Gallup GETTY IMAGES Orthodox Jews prepare a sukkah, an outdoor hut, by covering its roof with branches as part … Continued

God’s special concern for the poor

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Bible Sodomy
What Did Jesus Say About Homosexuality?

Part four of a series of posts on homosexuality in the Bible.

What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?

The first in a series of posts about homosexuality in the Bible.

A holiday of contradictions

“Water symbolizes Your might…It reassures, with its drops, those in whom was blown the breath of life.” Jewish Prayer for … Continued

True Love

“You are the children of God, your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor make a bald patch between your … Continued

Summer reading for infidels

You may have noticed that the forces of religion are falling into a summer torpor. Even the Vatican is taking … Continued

Reason is the star of “Agora”

If, like me, you have an atavistic hunger for cinematic epics set in the ancient world but are sick of … Continued

Like Nike, Judaism says ‘just do it!’

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

Christian love and sex

By Diarmaid MacCullochscholar, author What constitutes Christian love amid the sweaty delights of sex? Organized religion always takes an interest … Continued

Investigating Easter

By Lee Strobel author I saw plenty of dead bodies as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, but I’ve never … Continued

Pluralism isn’t a modern invention

By Mark Vernonauthor, researcher We live in a plural world. It’s a place in which every day you rub up … Continued

Netanyahu’s address to Jewish Federations

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly: Thank you all. My dear friends, … Continued

A river runs through it

“A river issues from Eden to water the garden, and it then divides and becomes four branches.” –Genesis 2:10 This … Continued

Material and Spiritual Joy

“The days of the holiday are days of great joy for Israel since it is the time of the harvest … Continued