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Why many Methodists still oppose same-sex marriage

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May … Continued

The new American Jewish secularism

Halloween was originally a Christian holiday, All Hallows’ Eve. Purim, the raucous Jewish feast that we celebrate this week [Feb. … Continued

The new (old) Catholic Church

On the Feast of the Holy Family, I went to Mass in my hometown’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs – a … Continued

Vatican wants to revive church’s role in fighting the Mafia

VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials traveled this week to the island of Sicily, the heartland of the Mafia, to promote … Continued

Lent in a time of a Catholic culture war

It seems like Ash Wednesday came early this year; I feel like I have been swallowing ash for weeks, anyway. … Continued

Catholic schools need men

By Mark Judgeauthor The Catholic schools of Washington should hire me — because I’m a man. When I started substitute … Continued

A prince, not a theologian

Speaking before the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Prince Charles of England declared that “the Islamic world is the custodian … Continued

The wonder of religion

By Sam Keen author, editor Religion is under attack by a new breed of militant atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, … Continued

Benedict the Radical

UNORTHODOXY By Patrick J. Deneen Recent commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to Anglicans to enter the Catholic fold has … Continued

State Neutrality vs. State Hostility

President Obama recently criticized a French law that prohibits Muslim girls and women from wearing body- and face-covering garments in … Continued

You Cannot Force People to Believe

How would you respond to radical Muslim clerics in northwest Pakistan — now under Islamic law — who are calling … Continued

What Would St. Patrick Do?

Why St. Patrick’s Day should be a day of breaking down walls, overcoming divisions, and (yes) partying.

Top Faith & Values Stories of 2008 (vol. 2)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, here are the most important Faith and Values stories of 2008: 5. The … Continued

Fighting Corruption: The Missing Link

Around the world, religious leaders have often been at the forefront of fighting corruption, but you would never know that … Continued

Religious Hypocrisy and Women as Leaders

Are conservative religious groups hypocritical to think that a woman can lead a nation and not a congregation? Hypocrisy is … Continued

Postmodernity’s Spiritual Renaissance

Prophets of ancient Israel foretold the future, healed the sick, even raised the dead. Moses parted the Red Sea; Jonah … Continued

The Supernatural and Tradition

All religions contain in some form or another beliefs in the supernatural. Christians for instance believe in the real presence … Continued

“In the beginning, GOD….”

What a welcome question! “A question as we commemorate the anniversaries of Katrina and 9/ll: Why would a merciful God … Continued

Notes from a Latter-day Skeptic

To justify its existence, every religion must differentiate itself from secular culture—but not too much, or the sect will repel … Continued