Religious Rituals

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The Pope Francis Balancing Act

How will Pope Francis’ progressivism be embraced by Christians?

Obsessed-with-success Washington could learn a lesson from mystic Sadhguru

“I’m mostly blissed out,” laughed guru, mystic and spiritual master Sadhguru. At a Saturday night lecture and in an interview … Continued

Prince George and the pope

Twice this year, millions of people stared at a set of closed doors, waiting. In March, we waited for the … Continued

After giving up religion, atheists try giving up something else for Lent

What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus … Continued

House GOP moves to act on religion in vets’ funerals

WASHINGTON — Families of deceased veterans were shocked and angry last year when religious references were banned from funeral rituals … Continued

As Muslim community grows, Muslim funerals follow suit

ST. LOUIS — When Adil Imdad’s 28-year-old cousin died of cancer in Ohio two years ago, the family’s grief was … Continued

The beef over beef: A student protest devolves in India

NOAH SEELAM AFP/GETTY IMAGES A Hindu devotee makes an offering of food to a sacred cow on the eve of … Continued

Priest to profit: How the Mormon church teaches priesthood holders to lead

This piece is part of a joint On Faith – On Leadership series exploring the Mormon experiences that have helped … Continued

Young ‘Millennials’ losing faith in record numbers

WASHINGTON — A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood — and most … Continued

A change of heart, not of location

Elizabeth Gilbert was fortunate that she could take a year away from her regular life and focus on fulfilling some … Continued

A Future Worthy of Our Past: The Jewish Quest for Justice

By Mitchell SilverU Mass–Boston, and Contributor to The days of prophecy are over; neither I nor anybody else knows … Continued

A post-Muslim Europe?

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Religion has no official role in our military

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Can Fasting Save the World?

By Bruce Feilerauthor If you’re looking for a way to bring together believers and scientists, here’s a tip that could … Continued

Marriage: Both Civil and Religious

What is marriage? Is it a sacred rite or a civil right? What role, if any, should religious institutions, traditions … Continued

Marriage is a Religious Ritual

I see a variety of problems with the article by Rev. Welton Gaddy on the issue of marriage. First, his … Continued


By David Waters Call it Wafergate. It began last Friday when Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended a Catholic funeral … Continued

Swine Flu at Church: Fear Not?

Swine flu anxiety at schools and workplaces is beginning to spread to churches. American church leaders are beginning to issue … Continued

Secularism And Religious Iliteracy

There is no question that more Americans are becoming more secular. That does not mean that America is “losing its … Continued

Rituals and Membership Cards

All religious rituals, regardless of faith, are two-edged. The participants receive confirmation that they belong within a charmed circle while … Continued