Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs, left, giving advice to a young writer in the film "Almost Famous." / Columbia Pictures
A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core.
This may be a field whose time has come.
What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?
Just like that, the pope had gotten to the heart of Islam, my religion.
How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles?
I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition.
Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them.
An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one's own faith tradition with the pluralism of the nation.
The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism.
It's frustrating to be constantly represented by violent thugs and to be asked to explain their actions.
Sometimes I fly through my schedule so fast that I zoom past the craft.
If the forces of pluralism don’t write the next chapter in the American story, the forces of prejudice will.
Gathering people from different faiths to serve others is one way of living out the command of Jesus to offer comfort to the afflicted.
Chris Stedman's "faitheism" doesn't hate God, it loves people.
It was not the stones thrown by his tormentors that made him suffer most, he said; it was the silence of his friends.
The Oslo shooter took inspiration from America's own anti-Muslim rightists.
The fate of the 21st century will be decided by civic leader-to-civic leader relations in a global context.
Mainstream Muslims detest the infection of radicalization far more than do other people.
The whole idea of democracy is that the setiments of our fellow citizens have power; we put ourselves in each other's hands.
When Pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn Qurans at his church in Florida this fall, he hurt a lot of Muslims I know. He also hurt a lot of Christians.