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How to read (and think) like an atheist

There were two categories of teenagers in the 1950s: those who could name one book by an atheist and those … Continued

Pope Francis: A Jesuit self in the world

In the scramble to read the signs of how a little-known Argentine Jesuit might change the papacy, the pundits have … Continued

As HHS birth control mandate comes into effect, religious freedom flounders

ERIC GAILLARD REUTERS A woman holds a birth control pill. These tiny pills are now at the heart of an … Continued

Fortnight for Freedom: In Catholic campaign, what does freedom mean?

TAMI CHAPPELL REUTERS Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan holds up a foam finger promoting “A Fortnight for Freedom” conference … Continued

Why claims of conscience matter

Lest we forget, our Framers put religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, first on the list of fundamental rights protected … Continued

Religion: the ultimate tyranny

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Getting Linker’s “Religious Test” wrong

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Damon Linker – former editor of “First Things” and author of the book Theocons – … Continued

Pressing beyond “niceness”

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Wicked faith

Q: Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and … Continued

Fort Hood: A crime or act of war?

By Ariel Glucklichprofessor of theology, Georgetown University The recent tragic events at Fort Hood made me think of the 2004 … Continued

Male Authority Posing as Divine Authority

Former president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders issued this statement: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on … Continued

Synagogues and Bridges in the Bronx

Today’s blog is by Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby. Wednesday night in New York, four Muslim men were arrested for … Continued

Evangelical Christian Day of Prayer

President Obama will sign a proclamation Thursday recognizing National Day of Prayer, but he won’t follow President Bush’s practice of … Continued

No God(s)ess(es) required.

Let me try to clear some of the smoke from the On Faith pulpit. I am an atheist because there … Continued

Manson, Murder and Mercy

Justice or mercy? That is the pressing question in what seems to be a coda in the story of the … Continued

Religion is a Public Good: Is That OK With Us?

Tara Ross and Joe Smith, the latter a fellow Yalie, spoke the other day about their new book, Under God: … Continued

Secularism, Properly Understood, Is Not a Bad Word

Has this year’s presidential campaign become too religious? I don’t think so. Are secular ideas getting short shrift? That depends … Continued

Today’s New Religion: “I AM”

I was talking to a reporter for the Religion News Service today and he made a complaint that every journalist … Continued

A Distorted View of Religion

Governments, families, communities, and individuals can be similarly accused. Like any other institution, religion can be, and has been, misused … Continued

Pious Rhetoric Wins Votes, Not Souls

I doubt if it will change it much. All it demonstrates is that religion is important to a significant part … Continued