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Absurd Questions All Religion Majors Get Asked

Yes, I study religion. No, that doesn’t mean I’m converting or becoming a clergy member.

10 Things Every College Student Needs to Know About Religion

I love teaching students about religion. But we’d go deeper and further every semester if everyone understood these 10 basic ideas.

My God. My Enemy. My Eating Disorder.

I was able to break free only after being challenged to redefine both myself and the God I once knew.

Why Lent Asks Us to Give Up a Few of Our Favorite Things

Why do we put aside things that matter? Because things matter to us so very much.

Hispanics increasingly identify as ‘nones’

RNS () — The number of Hispanic-Americans who say they adhere to no religion is growing and now rivals the … Continued

Hollywood’s depiction of nuns a case of ‘Veiled Desires’

RNS () — From Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music” to Meryl Streep’s … Continued

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Coming Out As Transgender and Christian

Last week an Azusa professor revealed that he is a transgender person who is going through a divorce from as he seeks a legal name change and gender transition.

Do Young Catholics Even Understand Their Religion?

Millennials are not leaving because the teachings of the Church are not “progressive” enough, but because they themselves do not know the true substance of their faith.

Reza Aslan meets ‘experts’ on God

‘Zealot’ author Reza Aslan on MSNBC Nobody has ever mistaken me for a Muslim, but I now feel an affinity … Continued

Is the growth of the nonreligious good or bad? Americans are divided

Nearly half of all Americans — 48 percent — say the growing number of nonreligious people is “bad for society,” … Continued

Why Buddhists should support gay marriage

May 24, 2013A family takes an offering of lotus flowers to pay respects to a giant Buddha, surrounded by more … Continued

Is yoga instruction religious? San Diego court case may decide

SAN DIEGO — In an elementary school classroom with an American flag draped over one wall, a couple dozen students … Continued

Pork-laced bullets designed to send Muslims straight ‘to hell’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Still angry about the idea of an Islamic cultural center opening near Ground Zero, a group of … Continued

Kenya’s Christians and Muslims unite to combat addiction

NAIROBI, Kenya —  Fractious religious groups in this East African nation are uniting to tackle alcohol and drug abuse, amid … Continued

God is opposed to food stamps? Let’s try an evidence-based approach to hunger instead.

More local produce coming soon to SNAP recipients in Michigan. (Jessica Tefft for The Washington Post) Recently, I wrote about … Continued

Study suggests bad World War II experiences led vets to church

A new study has found that American veterans who had a negative experience serving during World War II attend church more … Continued

What do the religiously unaffiliated pray for?

A stained glass window glows, restored and then donated to the Museum of Divine Statues, is seen beyond a statue … Continued

American Atheists wrestles with its cherished ‘grumpy’ image

AUSTIN, Texas — For someone who was once dubbed “the most hated woman in America,” Madalyn Murray O’Hair is getting … Continued

Despite censures, Womenpriests movement grows

If heading a religious community is a lonely job for any woman, a Catholic Womenpriest might be the loneliest of … Continued

Scholars piece together a ‘new’ New Testament

Is the New Testament missing a few books? In a move that may seem heretical to some Christians, a group … Continued