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A Gen-X Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Creed?
Originally Posted: 12/28/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

There are a lot of emergent folk who shun creeds. They have let go of much of their free-range evangelicalism, but the anti-creedal posture still holds a principal place. Still, I am thinking about music and l ...

Top 10 Stories of 2012
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings, ...

Unbelief Is Now the World’s Third-Largest ‘Religion’
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation — including atheists and agnostics — are now the third-larg ...

Christianity in Britain Losing Ground to Islam, Secularism
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

New figures from the 2011 Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years. CANTERBURY, England ...

The Eclipse of the Airport Chapel
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

I dare you, whatever faith you are, to glance at the guestbook the next time you are in an airport that has a chapel, and in those pages you will find the most naked expressions of sorrow and need. ...

Catholic Intensity Fades as Evangelical Devotion Surges
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

After November’s presidential vote, Catholics could cite ample evidence for their renewed political relevance while dispirited evangelicals were left wondering if they are destined to be yesterday’s election n ...

Starting the 'Christmas Tithe'
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Press

November 29, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Questioning the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Tuesday's election a defeat for the Religious Right. The results of yesterday’s election appear to show a “ dramatic rejection ” of the Religious Right, writes Dan Gilgoff ...

Meet the Nones: Spiritual But Not Religious
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has wrapped up its three-part new mini-series on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated. Editor's Note:  Sojourners has launched  ...

Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

SPOKANE, Wash. -- They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row. Cal Bro ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Study: Muslims and Hindus Less Likely to Have Premarital Sex
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

With their “True Love Waits” jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex. ...

DNA Experiment Yields Great Promise, High Ethical Risks
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

PORTLAND, Ore. – Future generations could be stripped of mutations such as hereditary blindness or maternal diabetes, after a breakthrough study at Oregon Health & Science University. ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 3)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

This is part three of a three-part series from Dr. Miroslav Volf an a voice instructing us how to involve our values into our present politcal debates. Editor's Note:  ...

Meet the Nones: Politically Active
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. Editor's Note: Sojourners has launched this new blog series to hel ...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tawahedo, and 'Being Made One'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 8:36pm | Type: Blog

LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — We finally returned to the boats, where the rest of our group was waiting patiently, and on our journey back to Bahir Dar, I began thinking about pilgrimage and how, perhaps, what you bel ...

A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Were I one for object lessons I’d have brought a nice sharp axe with me into the pulpit today. Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of disciple ...

Meet the Nones: Pouring Out Love
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Whether there is a God or not, pouring as much love into the world as I can will leave the place better than I found it. And if there is a God who resembles what ancient humans set down in the Bible, so much t ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

The Nones: Saving Perfection
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

We domesticate Jesus so easily when he's actually calling us to is something rather wild and unpredictable. Jesus is calling us to leave all of our security behind. Jesus is asking us to live with him and ...

Meet the Nones: Humbly Christian
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

Brandon Hook tells his story of why he's part of the 20 percent of Americans who identify with "no religion in particular." Editor's Note: Brandon Hook ...

How Should Churches Address the 'Nones?'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

There’s a new study out this week that shows that one-in-five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim. For those of us in the world of organized ...

Meet the Nones: Words Are Unnecessary
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Perhaps most of all, I am tired of trying to find words to capture this faith experience, that is, ultimately, unexplainable. This ineffable, constant connection to this God who even if I were to run away from ...

Introducing Meet the Nones: We Don't Need Your Labels
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

“Nones” is a term that includes atheists and agnostics, but also anyone who does not identify with a traditional religious faith. Therein lies my concern. Editor's Note: ...

Study: 20 Percent of U.S. Adults Have No Religious Affiliation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

One-in-five adults in the United States — and a third of adults under 30 — say they have no religious affiliation. The numbers are out in a new report called “’Nones’ on the Rise,” put out by the Pew Forum on ...

Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth in Growth of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Natha ...

Most Americans Don’t Think Scientology is a Religion
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Most Americans do not believe Scientology is a real religion, according to a recent poll by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair. WASHINGTON — Most Americans do not believe Scientology is a ...

Crosses, Stars, and New Symbols of a Movement
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

The red letter “A” that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine was forced to wear as a badge of shame in the classic novel The Scarlet Letter is now proudly chosen by atheists to wear on jewelry made from ceramic, silv ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

White Working Class Voters Still Looking for a Candidate, Still Religious
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Report: Religion at Heart of Illegal Ivory Trade
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious ...

Survey: Americans Overstate Size of Religious Minorities
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such as Mormons, Muslims, and atheist/agnostics, according to a new s ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? Ho ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ Author David Niose
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

David Niose is president of the American Humanist Association and vice president of the Secular Coalition for America, a group that lobbies on behalf of nontheist and secular Americans. In his new book, “Nonbe ...

Religious Labels Matter Less in 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Americans in general no longer worry about denominational labels, says David French of Columbia, Tenn., a blogger at EvangelicalsforMitt.org. French, for example, grew up attending a Church of Christ and now a ...

Democrats Gather in the Heart of Billy Graham Country
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

The host city for the Democratic National Convention is not a particularly political place. Charlotte, N.C., is known for three things: banking, NASCAR, and religion. And when it comes to religion, Billy Graha ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

Church No More: Part 5 — Far Too Little Sabbath in the Sabbath
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

More than two months into my sabbatical, I now have to say, “Boy was I wrong.” People who are not in church are on sabbatical, more so than I am. Editor's Note : Th ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

The Looming Election and Religious Minorities
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Souad Mekhennet writes for The New York Times on the growing hostility toward religious minorities as election season approaches in the United States. Souad Mekhennet writes f ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

Snoop Drops the 'Dogg,' Becomes Snoop Lion
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

Unlike dogs, lions hold a place of pride in Rasta theology, explained Edmonds, author of a forthcoming history of the religious movement. Back in in 1993, Snoop Dogg scored a huge ...