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Keep doomsday religion out of the Syrian conflict

RNS () — As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls … 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

How Muslims can stop the next terror attack

A mourner reacts during a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of Monday’s (Matt Rourke/AP ) A cacophony of pain and … Continued

Bible reading
An atheist’s three favorite Bible stories

What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common? Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally. Here’s a better approach.

Orthodox rabbis laud conviction of Hasidic man on sexual abuse charges

The world’s largest group of Orthodox rabbis is lauding the process that led to the conviction of a Hasidic Jewish … Continued

Born again, or born anew?

This is the story of a fundamentalist Christian, turned decidedly … unfundamentalist. For a long time, the “certainties” of religious … Continued

Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket reflects religious shift

By naming devout, conservative Catholic U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, former Gov. Mitt Romney, once a … Continued

John Bryson Chane: Interfaith work remains important to protect religious minorities

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Egyptian Coptic Christians demonstrate outside the state radio and television building in central Cairo on March 8, 2011, … Continued

Why would Jews vandalize a Holocaust memorial?

The news that Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims had been grafittied in early June with bitterly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements … Continued

Baby love

It’s no mere coincidence a baby features centrally in both the Christian and Hindu mythologies. Our family deity is baby … Continued

Freedom is universal

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

Feminist Muslims? The view from Bangladesh

The great majority of Bangladesh’s 160 million citizens are Muslims, making it one of the world’s largest Muslim communities. Bengali … Continued

Charity doesn’t require religion

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Gay and straight–a black and white issue

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Ignorance and faith

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Violent ‘Muslims’ distort the tradition

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

The BP oil spill and religious environmental ethics

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Public charter schools culturally divisive, academically dubious

A federal district court judge in Idaho dealt a significant blow to the religious right last week by ruling that … Continued

Former President Jimmy Carter, writing this month on behalf of a dozen world leaders including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, condemned “the male interpretations of religious texts” that have “provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s e

Former President Jimmy Carter, writing this month on behalf of a dozen world leaders including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, … Continued

Public policy should be grounded in the Constitution, not scripture

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued