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The government shutdown and the Golden Rule

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg As we look at the government shutdown, it is reasonable to ask the question: What is … Continued

From Egypt, an Islamic plea for peace

Aug. 14, 2013Smoke rises from a building near Cairo University in Giza, south of Cairo. Egyptian security forces cleared a … Continued

Compassion in chief: Why Obama won

AP President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party on Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama … Continued

God and man in Tampa

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of … Continued

Q&A with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent most of his adult life trying to build interfaith and international bridges. But to … Continued

Love cannot be earned

By Patrick Deneen UnorthodoxyA woman holds Valentine’s Day balloons to hand out on a street in Lisbon February 14, 2011. … Continued

Egyptian church bombing: an attack against faith

Dr Ali Gomaa, The Grand Mufti of Egypt  There is no religion worthy of the name that does not regard … Continued

The last romantic? Why marriage will endure

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Marriage changing, but still valuable

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

American exceptionalism: useless, potentially dangerous

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Getting Linker’s “Religious Test” wrong

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Damon Linker – former editor of “First Things” and author of the book Theocons – … Continued

Witnessing the first interfaith event at Park51

By Alex Kronemer Though the September 11th Qur’an burning was called off, the anti-Muslim protests at the Park 51 Community … Continued

Protesting the future or voting Catholic values?

The United States bishops have called for a new social contract in a time of globalization. While it would be … Continued

Rhetorical games and ideologically-driven terrorists

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

Drawing Muhammad respectfully

Today’s guest bloggers are Kelsey Sheridan and Saleha Mallick. Kelsey is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in journalism and … Continued

Meaning in a homeless man’s death

By Jeremy BurtonSenior Vice President of Philanthropic Initiatives Jewish Funds for Justice This week, Jews around the world will celebrate … Continued

The real angel investors

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Jane, a Kenyan woman, showed off her brand new house to Jacqueline Novogratz, founder … Continued

Religion’s magnificent seven

By Jacqueline LeoDirector at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation How many of the Ten Commandments can the average person name? … Continued

Moralism without morality

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen A recent post on this site raises some serious issues, and I think reveals a … Continued

Big Brother, Get Out of My Marriage!

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