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What Good is Religion?

Religions may be declining in their ability to provide altruistically motivated, communally organized support, but we have few other models to work with.

House rejects call to allow nonreligious military chaplains

House lawmakers late Tuesday (July 23) approved an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill to prevent the appointment of nonreligious … Continued

Why orthodox Christians should appreciate an unorthodox Bono

(Photo by Ricky Carioti/TWP) Recently, I had the chance to interview U2 front man Bono for a Focus on the … Continued

U.S. military should put religious freedom at the front

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is worried about the Pentagon budget, but there are much more serious issues he must deal … Continued

Boston bombings bring chaplains into new ground

BOSTON — Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Medical Center chaplain Sister Maryanne Ruzzo was checking on staffers … Continued

(UNDATED) Following are brief explanations of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope. Q: Who governs … Continued

Two continents, one soul

Picture the scene: a prematurely aged woman lies on a disheveled bed in her rudimentary home in rural Uganda. Diagnosed … Continued

Is spiritual care a reform that spans the health-care divide?

Health-care reform – just two simple words. But the simplicity of the phrase belies the fact it is an issue … Continued

Study: Pastors’ concerns for others may harm their own health

Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial … Continued

Before politics, Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop

The Mitt Romney whom many Americans see today is often depicted as wealthy, wooden and out of touch with the … Continued

Hajar and Maryam

This past week, some 2.5 million Muslims traveled to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage, the Hajj. One of the rites … Continued

When hatred is lethal

Seth Walsh, 13, of Tehachapi Calif., hanged himself. Billy Lucas, 15, of Greensburg, Ind., also hanged himself. Asher Brown, 13, … Continued

Foxy News

By Douglas Wilsonminister, Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho Inconsistency is part of the price we pay for living in a … Continued

Celebrating selfless prayer

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Proposed health-care reform legislation includes a provision that allows Medicare to pay for “end-of-life” counseling for seniors and their families who request it. The provision — which Sarah Palin erroneously described as “death panels” for seniors —

End of life care in no way rations health care in the United Kingdom. What it does is to recognise … Continued

Don’t discharge God from the military

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Thin and salvation

By Michelle M. Lelwicaprofessor, Concordia College A few weeks ago, Ralph Lauren made the news with an altered ad that … Continued

What to Make of Religion in Pa. Shooters Blog

By William Wan In the wake of the disturbing shootings by one man in a Pennsylvania health club, there have … Continued

Priestly Celibacy: A Self-Inflicted Wound

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

People Don’t Lose Faith, They Shift It

In fundamentalist circles recently, the decline in church attendance has spread alarm. Right-wing Christians have spent their political capital, and … Continued