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10 Questions About Hell From an Atheist

Go ahead, sound off here with your answers.

Virgin Mary’s Message: Rich and Powerful People Better Beware

How torture and grand juries are teaching a Protestant to pray to Mary.

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Why “Serial” Should End with “I Don’t Know”

How the popular whodunit podcast speaks to our need for certainty.

Why Christians Should Pay Attention to the Torture Report

Three ways forward for Christian communities.

Will Evangelicals Continue to Support Torture?

Why a clear majority of white evangelical Protestants supported the U.S. torture regime.

Orthodox rabbis charged in Jewish divorce shakedown plot

TRENTON, N.J. — In a bizarre case involving threats of kidnapping, beatings and physical torture — including the use of … Continued

N.C. Catholic dioceses quit church council over same-sex marriage amendment

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At a time when Pope Francis is calling for the church to give up its obsession with … Continued

Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely … Continued

A Jewish call for justice for prisoners in solitary

(Matt York/AP) For many of us in the Jewish community, the long-awaited breaking of the Yom Kippur fast signals the … Continued

N.C. clergy seek release of Senate report on torture

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious … Continued

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ explosive new interview

RNS () — In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number … Continued

On torture, the truth will set us free

With the death of British journalist David Frost, Americans were reminded of the impact that the Nixon tapes played toward … Continued

A prison of cruelty: End injustice in criminal justice system

(Matt York/AP) When some friends began talking to me about the need for prison reform a few years ago, I … Continued

Islamic TV station in England fined for inciting violence

CANTERBURY, England — Britain’s broadcasting watchdog has fined an Islamic TV channel 85,000 pounds  ($132,490) for inciting violence after a … Continued

Evangelicals: We will denounce those that block immigration reform

“We are announcing the Gospel that welcomes the stranger and we will denounce those that block immigration reform.” Some would … Continued

Atheists attack Star of David at Holocaust Memorial

They’ve tried (and failed) to strip “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, eradicate the National Day of Prayer, and … Continued

Crucifixion images no longer command auction prices

Paintings and sculptures of what may be the most iconic scene in the history of art — the crucifixion of … Continued

Mother Dolores Hart, from kissing Elvis to joining the convent

WASHINGTON — The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might have thought the … Continued

Did religion motivate the Boston bombers?

Hillary Branyik, of Boston, kneels at the site where the first bomb detonated on April 15 near the finish line … Continued

Why the faith of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects doesn’t matter, but yours does

It simply does not matter that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two Chechen-born brothers suspected of perpetrating the attacks were … Continued