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New biography to present a less “zealous” Jesus

Jay Parini’s “Jesus” (Amazon) will be the first in a new series of biographies called “Icons,” starting in December. Last … Continued

Being Jewish on Valentine’s Day

“We don’t celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.” That’s what my mother said. She would continue, “We are Jewish and we definitely … Continued

Swimming for the soul

Aaron Favila AP Filipino girls participate in swimming lessons at a public pool in the Dapitan Sports Complex in Manila, … Continued

GCB: Good Christian hypocrites

It’s the rare TV series that jumps the shark in the first episode. But ABC’s season premiere of its new … Continued

The 2013 budget: A looming drama of biblical proportions

JOSHUA ROBERTS REUTERS Boxes containing copies of the 2013 Federal Budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington … Continued

Why the revolution in Egypt could be dangerous for our youth

By Brian Kirk I’ll admit it. I’m as guilty as the next youth pastor. It is so easy to get … Continued

Muslim liberation theology on the march

Egyptian Muslim clerics join a demonstration on February 1, 20 at Cairo s Tahrir Square as massive tides of protesters … Continued

Egypt’s pharaohs and living Exodus

Every year at Passover, Jews recall the story of an ancient Egyptian ruler who oppressed his people and was overthrown … Continued

Ten most significant cultural trends of the last decade

By Andy Crouch Ten years is a very short time. As I reflect on the world in 2011 compared to … Continued

Church needs media engagement in 2011

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

The poison of unified religious power an old cultural lesson from Spain

Years ago, before the rise of radical Islamism was a political issue in the West, I visited the great mosque … Continued

Claims of pro-Islamic bias in textbooks are wrong

By Susan Douglass The Texas Board of Education has been misled in its textbook resolution (the resolution “accuses textbook publishers … Continued

Texas school board fights Islamic bias with Christian bias

By David Waters The Texas state board of education, which last May scrubbed “anti-Christian bias” from history textbooks that have … Continued

Once a victim, St. Thomas’ Parish rebuilds

By Richard Morgan Many churches sit next to graveyards; in that way, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish in Dupont Circle isn’t … Continued

The right to choose your own religion

By N. Mahmood Ahmad Recently Israel, the only liberal-democratic state in the Middle East, attempted to adopt legislation granting a … Continued

OYL! — Corruption, the Spirit, the Earth and us

Three months! — and it is even clearer now we are facing not an oil “spill” in the Gulf, the … Continued

Summer reading for infidels

You may have noticed that the forces of religion are falling into a summer torpor. Even the Vatican is taking … Continued

Holy boldness of women

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall “Women are the boldest and most unmanageable of revolutionaries.” That’s how Sister Joan Chittister … Continued

Reason is the star of “Agora”

If, like me, you have an atavistic hunger for cinematic epics set in the ancient world but are sick of … Continued