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The unsilenced voice of Seamus Heaney

RNS () — One of my favorite stories is about the interview I wanted most, but didn’t get. It was … Continued

Is it okay to pray–if you’re an atheist?

A number of atheists “hunger for a transcendent experience” despite their disbelief.

What do the religiously unaffiliated pray for?

A stained glass window glows, restored and then donated to the Museum of Divine Statues, is seen beyond a statue … Continued

How Latinos are changing American Christianity

Will wonders never cease? In the midst of an unprecedented avalanche of negative media against traditional religious values and the … Continued

What faith means for famlies

What’s happening to American religion? Recent reports emphasize new threats, from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s publication … Continued

The religious left needs strong moral issues

“Why do reporters cover hateful and controversial religion stories but never the nice, good things that religious leaders do?” I’m … Continued

‘Earth Sabbath’ helps activists tend spiritual side of environmentalism

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Rev. Steve Halsted lit a candle, led a breathing meditation on the four elements (earth, fire, … 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

Guest Voices: 50 years after Vatican II, should Pope John XXIII be a saint?

Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man … Continued

Theologian questions how ex-Mormon bishop’s daughter casts church in book

Political commentator and former Mormon bishop’s daughter Tricia Erickson has engaged in discussions on television and in social media about … Continued

As Ramadan came to a close, Middle Tennessee Muslims worshiped in new mosque

REUTERS People take part in Friday prayers at the newly opened Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Islamic … Continued

Rediscovering the reasons for our existence

AP Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Washington’s first female and ninth Episcopal Bishop, smiles during her consecration service at the Washington … Continued

Nuns push back on Vatican report, calling it unsubstantiated and scandal-causing

JIM WATSON AFP/GETTY IMAGES A building in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 23, 2012, which houses the office for the Leadership … Continued

Franklin Graham questions Obama’s Christian beliefs, calls Santorum ‘a man of faith’

Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday raised questions about the sincerity of President … Continued

Nun finds happiness in knowing her life’s calling

My calling to religious life began when I was a young girl growing up in McLean, Virginia, in a very … Continued

What happens when the Messiah doesn’t show?

I am a Jew, and one who believes in the coming of the Messiah, but I am far more interested … Continued

For some churches, Super Bowl Sunday is ‘Porn Sunday’

By Elizabeth Tenety What wouldn’t Jesus do? Christian culture is full of hypotheticals about what Jesus would do if he … Continued

What banning ‘Shariah law’ means for Oklahoma Muslims

By Nihad Awad Today, no constitution of any state places special burdens on a specific religious tradition. That will change … Continued

Maybe Marx was right about religion

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Religious illiteracy’s win is pluralism’s loss

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