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How to Find Spirituality in a Nightclub

The same hope and need and desire for meaning can push us to both churches and clubs.

Is faith the world’s most effective placebo?

Mark Poprocki / iStock My 15 minutes of fame, courtesy of an article in the Washington Post featuring me as … Continued

There’s something in the air: Grace

RNS () — Moments before I left Laguna Beach to drive to Long Beach one recent Friday afternoon, the U.S. … Continued

Religion is in trouble. The word, that is.

Religion is in trouble in the United States. The word, that is. Sociologists say that we are increasingly divided over … Continued

On religious atheists

When I was six, I began Hebrew School as an Orthodox Jew because that’s what my family was and that’s … Continued

Mayans unfazed about the end of the world

FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico — Mayan pilgrims often come here to a simple church with a thatched roof to venerate … Continued

‘Distilled Spirits’ traces birth of New Age spirituality

BERKELEY, Calif. — Gerald Heard is the most influential religious thinker you’ve never heard of. Without Heard, some of the … Continued

Evangelical author sees a “Mormonizing of America’’

Stephen Mansfield, an evangelical author who has written widely about the faith of politicians, turns his attention to Mormons in … Continued

Why Ross Douthat thinks we’re ‘a nation of heretics’

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn’t mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation … Continued

Eat. Pray. Vote. *

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher It’s been four years since a gunman entered an … Continued

Enough of Tony Perkins

By Joe Solmonese For years Tony Perkins has been spewing anti-gay hate on our school yards, in our churches, at … Continued

Deepak Chopra’s Muhammad humanizes the religion’s leader

By Dalia Mogahed It was befitting that I began reading Deepak Chopra biography of the Prophet Muhammad after dawn prayer … Continued

Ramadan in a monastery

By Mohammad Ali Salih Almost every year since 9/11 attacks and the US declaration of the Global War on Terrorism … Continued

Save energy, self-discover at home

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

Religions need to get real in dealing with sex

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

Seeing Springsteen on Eid

Seeing Bruce Springsteen is as good an Eid event as I can imagine. His ability to commit himself to every … Continued

Why the God Delusion Won’t Go Away

A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. … Continued

Why Your Brain Needs God

By Andrew Newberg and Mark WaldmanCenter for Spirituality and the Mind A theologian will tell you that faith is essential … Continued

A Better Choice for Evangelical Outreach

When it comes to religion, Barack Obama is deaf in one ear. There was considerable accuracy to the pre-election criticism … Continued