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Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ Author David Niose
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:07pm | 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 - 5:57pm | 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 - 9:39am | 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 - 9:25am | 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 - 1:13pm | 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 - 9:04am | 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 - 10:25am | 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 - 2:10pm | 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 - 8:45am | 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 ...

The Religious Roots of the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have ...

Jews, Sikhs, Hindus Root for Fellow Believers in Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Members of minority faiths in the U.S. — Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs — are rooting for U.S. Olympians and also saving a few extra cheers for their co-religionists, both Americans and athletes from other te ...

What the Polls Don't Tell Us
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Huffington Post, Eric Sapp takes a closer look at a recent Pew Forum poll. Writing for The Huffington Post , Eric Sapp takes a closer look at a recent ...

Poll: Most Americans Would Vote for an Atheist Presidential Candidate
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

For the second time in less than a year, the Gallup poll reports that a majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president. For the second time in less than a year, the ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

A Dialogue about Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

A friend of mine once said, “a true and genuine dialogue only takes place when each person is willing to be ‘converted’ to the other side of the argument.” At first I was skeptical of this remark, as I wondere ...

Wheaton College Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Wheaton College, Billy Graham’s alma mater and a top evangelical school, joined Catholic groups in a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate even as a federal judge’s ruling clouded pr ...

Music, Higgs Boson, and Feud
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Someone somewhere suggested that the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson particle renewed the ongoing feud between science and religion. I want to frame this a bit. You know science and religion cannot feud, r ...

Race and Religion Remain Key Issues in Presidential Campaign
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Christian Post reports on race and religion. The Christian Post reports:  "A new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday highlights the differences between Amer ...

Seventh-day Adventists File Suit Over Door-to-Door Solicitations
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Seventh-day Adventists have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two ordinances in an Alabama city that the church says bars it and other religious groups from door-to-door solicitation ...

A Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church ...
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Steve Knight for alerting me to this joke, which has become one of my instant favorites. After all, it combines two things I dig: nerd humor and theology (also nerdy). ...

'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

Does a President's Faith Make Any Difference in How He Governs?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

CNN.com's John Blake reports: We elect a president every four years, but perhaps we also elect a high priest.  Ever since George Washington spontaneously added “so help me God” to his inaugural oath, Americans have expected their presi ...

Family Comes First for Fast-Growing Jehovah’s Witnesses
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Jehovah's Witnesses now have more than 1.1 million U.S. members and are one of the country's fastest-growing denominations, with personal evangelism required of all members. ...

Finding Faith in America's Most Secular City
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

SEATTLE — In 1962, when my younger brother was just four years old, this city perched on the nation's northwest rim held a World's Fair that imagined a glistening future. Grounded in a vision of scie ...

Thomas Jefferson: Our Least Religious President
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

In his new book, "The Jefferson Lies", Barton argues that academics have spread a series of falsehoods about Jefferson — that he was a racist, a secularist and an advocate of strict church/state sepa ...

Religion Will Play Key Role in Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What Americans ought to know by this time in their history, though, is that religion is seldom far from their politics. Stephen Mansfield writes for The Huffington Post ...

Standing with Nuns, Standing for Compassion
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

This incident has inspired thousands to react in solidarity with American nuns. Long before the Vatican statement was released, however, I’ve had a sense that compassion is something powerful enough to trigger ...

Don’t Think Too Hard; You’ll Kill God (Day Nine)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

It’s not hard to understand why lots of folks are howling that such postmodern theology is yet another subversive form of atheism, intent on killing God once and for all. But if that’s really all there is to o ...

Losing My Religion and Other Interesting News
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

We who believe something other than American Fundamentalism have failed these people. We have failed again and again to successfully offer the alternatives to Fundamentalism. Some ...

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

There’s the trend of “third space” ministry, getting out of the four walls of the church building and meeting people in different, typically “secular” contexts. Author and theolog ...

Young Millennials: Rethinking Religion
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

One in four young millennials (age 18-24) identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated—up from 11 percent in their childhood. But the distinguishing factor for this age group is that the “unaffiliated” labe ...

Religious Belief Highest in Developing and Catholic Countries
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries and Catholic societies. ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

Faith is Certain and Endless
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

Faith alone offers no guarantees. Faith is not the proof of our beliefs, but rather the hope that what we choose to believe in is right. While the proven theories in life can only extend to a given limit, the ...

Easter: Not for Religious People
Originally Posted: 04/04/2015 - 7:48pm | Type: Blog

At Easter we are given a chance to again know and experience the character of God. And it is so much better than any human-made institution of religion. “When religion ruled t ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Both Sides Gearing Up for Same-Sex Marriage Fight in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:21am | Type: Blog

WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stake ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Customer Service 101
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Like it or not, customers arrive with certain expectations. Ignore them at your peril. ... People tend to be good judges of what matters to them. Here's a parable on clueless ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: The Beloved of God
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 9:26pm | Type: Blog

"I have found great beauty in religion and religion has shown me great beauty in myself and in the world," Tripp says, as he reflects on the 11 years since he's had a drink. "I'm still ...

Today in God: Feb. 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The GOP presidential race gets "rickrolled." Obama's "Komen moment"? Vatican holds unprecendented service of repentance for clergy sex abuse, while in the U.S. a bishop reitres and pro ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Cee Lo, Tebow and American Fundamentalisms
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Cee Lo Green got himself in some pop-culture hot water on New Years Eve when he changed the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." You would think he was changing the Bible or something, but no, it ...

Time to Go Deeper
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It is time to engage in the spiritual reflection that would restore the moral compass our politics and economics have lost. It’s been a bad year, and the 2012 election year looks ...

Rick Perry Must Apologize
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Governor Perry should take the ad down, apologize both to President Obama and the American people, ask God for forgiveness and make amends for perpetuating polarization and disharmony in the body of Christ. ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...