Religious Conversion

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Is God’s Existence Beside the Point?

In order to let an idea change you, you have to be willing to let go of certain previous ways of thinking. You have to step into a frightening unknown.

Why the first Jesuit pope is a big deal

Jesuits are bound by oath not to seek higher office in the Roman Catholic Church, and now one of them … Continued

Pope Francis: His name reflects ‘his ministry for the poor’

For his name, he chose one that harks back eight centuries, to Italy, and to a man who renounced a … Continued

Mahatma Gandhi, Mormon?

Is Mahatma Gandhi in heaven or hell?  Where will the Dalai Lama sojourn in the afterlife?  Will two thirds of … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Obama the Christian: the “religious test” for high office

By Gustav Niebuhr Wasn’t it only a month ago that the Pew Research Center announced its finding that nearly one … Continued

Life as a ‘sister’

By Alison LakeThis essay is the fifth in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first essay … Continued

Embracing new rituals

By Alison LakeThis essay is the fourth in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first essay … Continued

“Why don’t you love Jesus?”

This essay is the third in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first essay about leaving … Continued

Converting to Islam today

By Alison Lake This essay is the second in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first … Continued

Confessions of a convert to Islam

Three years ago, I embraced the concepts of Islam and made some large changes in my life. This year, a … Continued

Haley, Jindal and America’s new religious litmus test

Last night’s Republican primary runoff in South Carolina plausibly clears the way for Nikki Haley to join Bobby Jindal as … Continued

Proselytizing as cultural imperialism

By Ramesh Raoprofessor, Longwood University Like many hundreds of millions of other Hindus, I also made sense of our world … Continued

The violence of conversion

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

How to win friends and influence people

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Proselytism and religious identity theft

FAITH AND FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr Do religious individuals and groups possess a right to share their beliefs with … Continued

Religious Freedom Panel Slams India

By Jacqueline L. Salmon The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) plans to announce later today that it has … Continued

Don’t Use My Tax Dollars to Discriminate

The government’s money is everybody’s money. When you receive grants that come from the government, you’re getting money that belongs … 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

Pope Benedict Wants You!

The Question: Pope Benedict’s recent baptism of a well-known Italian Muslim has prompted criticism in much of the Islamic world. … Continued