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Waning Influence of Religion in America

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.<p>The first question in the poll …

Religion

Krishna: The Original Avatar

Hundreds of millions of adherents of the Hindu faith will gather together, around the world, in temples and homes, to celebrate the advent of God on Earth. This festival of the birth of Krishna is known in Hinduism as Janmastami. According to the popular understanding, Krishna took birth in the …

Hinduism

The Bible & Sex: A Case Study

I recently found myself in a debate about the Bible and sexual ethics. That's not rare: although I've devoted little of my academic writing to it, I read, write and speak on the subject often. I'd made two points in that conversation. First, the Bible doesn't offer a clear or consistent sexual …

Christianity

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

The God Wars mostly bore me. In my younger days I enjoyed, at least for a while, the intellectual back-and-forth of the God debates. For me, these exchanges had a game-like quality, and it was fun to play the game. How can a student of religion ignore the rational argumentation of Nietzsche or the …

Religion

Yazidi Religious Beliefs: History, Facts And Traditions Of Iraq's Persecuted Minority

Hunted by militants from the Islamic State, thousands of people from the Yazidi community have fled to the slopes of Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where they are caught between the prospect of death by dehydration and murder at the hands of the group formerly called ISIS. In the months since its rise, the …

Fleeing Israeli Troops, Gaza Muslims Find Refuge in a Christian Church

During a brief lull in the fighting Wednesday, we were able to visit a devastated neighborhood and the church where those driven from their homes …

The Moral Imperative in End-of-Life Choice Looks Different Now

For those of us grounded in end-of-life care and choice, the earth shook this week. Did you feel it? The shaking hasn't stopped, but the religious foundation from which aid-in-dying opponents build their strength cracked.<p>Tomorrow, Britain's House of Lords will debate a bill to authorize assisted …

Data Protection

The Revolution That Didn't Happen

In 1975, a young Austrian physicist by the name of Fritjof Capra published a bestselling book called <i>The Tao of Physics</i> that still can be found on the science shelves of most bookstores. Capra claimed to see strong parallels between Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and modern physics--especially quantum …

Three Books: Gurus, God and One Amazing Life

Books on spirituality and religion come across my desk on a regular basis. I don't have time to read most of them, but three recently arrived in close proximity, and since they were authored by scholars I know and trust, I cracked them open. All three were intriguing, illuminating and eminently …

Hinduism

My Favorite Religions: Interfaith Family Perspective

I'm an interfaith child, raising interfaith children. As part of a three-generation interfaith family, I am the product of American pluralism. Celebrating more than one religion does not make me feel alienated or apathetic. Instead, it inspires me, and many of the interfaith children I interviewed …

Religion

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

At the 221st Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) General Assembly, something wondrous happened. We passed historic measures to recognize the love and commitment of all couples and to make sure that ministers can provide pastoral care around marriage to all couples in their congregations. This was an …

Presbyterian Church

Inter-Religious Match for Peace Brings Top Soccer Players Together

As the world deals with World Cup withdrawal, we can look forward to some of the biggest names in soccer coming together to play a friendly match in the name of friendship during the first "Inter-Religious Match for Peace" on September 1 at Rome's Olympic Stadium.<p>Retired star Javier "Pupi" Zanetti, …

Sophia: The Christian Mystic's Path To Wisdom

Philosophers have been pursuing wisdom for centuries. What is it? Who has it? And where does it come from?<p>French philosopher René Descartes wrote in the preface for his Principles of Philosophy:<p>“It is really only God alone who has Perfect Wisdom, that is to say, who has a complete knowledge of the …

More Muslims Approve of Obama Than Any Other Religious Group

More than 70 percent of Muslim-Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance, a higher percentage than that of any other religious …

Religion

4 Reasons Conservatives Are Embracing Prison Reform

<i>This article originally appeared on Patheos.</i><p>There are few social issues over which all within the greater Christian Church can agree, or at least …

Gun Control

... And They'll Know We Are Christians When We Sue

The furor over the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case has revolved like a cyclone around several hot-button issues, including contraception, the separation of church and state, and Obamacare. The least-examined aspect is the most confounding: How is it that suing for your rights is a …

Faith

10 Religious Leaders Take A Stab At The True Meaning Of Wisdom

The world's faith traditions have much to teach us about wisdom -- what it is, where to find it and who truly possesses it. Wisdom is elusive, however, as the words often attributed to Socrates relay: "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."<p><b>HuffPost Religion asked 10 faith leaders to</b> …

Louie Gohmert Proves God's Existence With One Simple Equation

Mocking non-believers for failing to grasp the logic behind the existence of God, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) cited an exchange with the late Texas entertainer Bob Murphey to disprove atheism during a prayer rally in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.<p>“Bob Murphey used to say, ‘You know, I feel so bad for …

Having Trouble Meditating? Try This

<i>"Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream,"</i> goes the Beatles song: Tomorrow Never Knows. Ever since the Fab Four went to India in 1968 to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the concept of meditation has steadily seeped into Western culture and language.<p>Currently …

Meditation

What is it like to be a Muslim in Britain today?

We asked Muslim bloggers to tell us their experiences of living as a Muslim in the UK today. Do you agree? Share your thoughts and experiences.<p>We asked Muslim bloggers to share their own experiences and opinions about living as a Muslim in Britain today. Have you had similar or different …

New NSA Bombshell Proves ‘Muslim’ Equals ‘Suspicious’ in America

The latest Snowden leak is big news, but old news: civil-rights leaders spied on because of who they are. But why didn’t I make the list?<p>Sometimes I …

Stop the Violence -- for the Sake of the Children

As a Muslim Imam born in the Middle East, I've watched from afar with a deep and growing concern as the region (which holds so many wonderful memories from my childhood and youth) is being decimated by an assortment of animosities that are pitting Muslims against Jews, Jews against Muslims, and …

Religion

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Breast Cancer