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Marilynne Robinson on Guns, Gay Marriage and Calvinism

The celebrated novelist speaks to today’s religious controversies — and worries that no one who speaks for Calvinism has read John Calvin.

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Lent 101

Making sense of ashes, fish and fasting during the annual 40-day penitential period.

Why GOP opposition to Obamacare will hurt Hispanic outreach

Voting signs sit outside the Licking County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting in Newark, Ohio … Continued

Drone policy can be moral policy

Reuters photo In a recent contribution for On Faith, former Chicago Theological Seminary President Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite denounced U.S. drone … Continued

Most Americans support lifting ban on gay Boy Scouts

(Eric Gay/AP) A wide majority of Americans support the Boy Scouts of America’s proposal to admit gay scouts for the … Continued

State of the Union: How we remain divided

JIM WATSON AFP/GETTY IMAGES The US Capitol stands lit ahead of US President Obama’s State of the Union address in … Continued

Forty years after Roe v. Wade, most under 30 don’t know case was about abortion

J. Scott Applewhite AP Roe v. Wade: decided on Jan. 22, 1973. Found that a Texas law that criminalized assisting … Continued

Cizik: It is time to act

The comment earlier this summer by Senate candidate Todd Aiken (R-Mo.) about “legitimate rape” was not just astonishing to pro-life … Continued

Romney sells to the wrong voters

AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens as he is introduced during a campaign stop at American … Continued

Can Christianity be revived?

Bill O’Leary WASHINGTON POST The Bishops’ Garden on the National Cathedral grounds as seen on July, 18, 2010 in Washington, … Continued

Faith-based organizations to make new commitments at London Family Planning Summit

When the British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bring together governments, donors, civil society, the private sector … Continued

Affordable Care Act ruling promises religious fights for the forseeable future

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES Health-care law opponents and proponents gatherin front of he U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 … Continued

What I’ve learned about Mormons

Jeff Blake FOR THE WASHINGTON POST A Mormon missionary shows the Book of Mormon and the New Testament to an … Continued

Barbara Johnson’s Buddhist Catholicism

The story we’ve been covering in recent days about a Maryland priest who refused to give a lesbian Communion at … Continued

What the contraception controversy taught us about religion in America

Last week, religious leaders, pundits and politicians alike found themselves tangled in a controversy with an unusual number of moving … Continued

Proposition 8 and the new religious reality

Lea Suzuki AP Supporters of gay marriage react outside the James R. Browning United States Courthouse after a federal appeals … Continued

How to make atheism matter

If I were in charge of American atheism–which I am not, but then again who is?–I would ask myself the … Continued

The American double standard on religious violence

FRANCOIS LENOIR Belgium’s Flemish right wing Vlaams Belang party member Tanguy Veys poses with a part of the manifesto written … Continued

How the millennial generation is transforming the politics of gay and lesbian issues

Over a week ago, Rick Perry added his name to the National Sue Ogrocki AP Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. … Continued

Faltering and Leading: The Conservative Movement

By Tim Muldoon In the aftermath of Jesus’ death, a frightened Peter and a group of dispirited disciples scattered, lost … Continued