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Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington’s storm

A tornado warning was in effect over Washington and the rain was coming down in sheets, but the little residential … Continued

Candida Moss debunks the ‘myth’ of Christian persecution

Growing up Catholic in England, Candida Moss felt secure in life, yet was told in church that Christians have been … Continued

Singing on “Idol,” and facing the wrath of religious traditionalists

The biggest worry for most “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them continue to the next round. … Continued

In Obama’s inauguraion speech, a new American religion

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West … Continued

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

Secession theology runs deep in American religious, political history

Corruption has gone too far. The righteous must break away. Hope now rests with a holy remnant that will honor … Continued

Analysis: Film revives questions about Abraham Lincoln’s faith, but offers few answers

There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s masterful new film “Lincoln” when the 16th president asks the kind of big … Continued

Q&A with hip-hop expert Monica Miller

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hip-hop’s all the rage at universities and seminaries these days. Scholars parse its angry and often violent … Continued

Sister Simone Campbell, ‘Nun from the Bus,’ calls GOP budget ‘immoral’

Sister Simone Campbell, who led the “Nuns on the Bus” tour for social justice this summer, called the GOP budget … Continued

President Obama’s faith challenge at the Democratic National Convention

AP President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport for the Democratic National Convention … Continued

‘’God particle” discovery ignites debate over science and religion

The Higgs boson is perhaps better known by its sexier nickname: the “God particle.” But in fact, many scientists, including … Continued

20 years after Bosnia, searching for meaning after terror

During the recent 20th anniversary of the Bosnian war, I reread a court-approved email I had received from Radovan Karadzic, … Continued

The pointless fight over divestment

Mainline Protestant churches — Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and others — were once the church of the establishment but are now … Continued

Rick Perry and the perils of sectarian religion in 2012

Melina Mara THE WASHINGTON POST Texas Governor and Republican candidate for the GOP Presidential spot, Rick Perry, spoke to a … Continued

A ‘Satan Sandwich’ with ‘Satan Fries’ on the side

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) declared the new deal raising the national debt ceiling and cutting federal spending to be a … Continued

This is a moment for courage, reflection

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

There isn’t a war on Christmas in North America

By Tim Muldoon This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War on … Continued

The scandal of atheist campaigns against Christmas

By Frederick W. Schmidt This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War … Continued

“Separation” claim meant to keep religious people out of political life

While Christine O’Donnell’s apparent ignorance of the actual wording of the First Amendment leaves questions about her constitutional literacy, there … Continued

Is Islam a primary driver or cause of terrorism?

Islam, like all world religions, neither supports nor requires illegitimate violence. The Quran does not advocate or condone terrorism. To … Continued