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What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews say no

WASHINGTON — Debby Levitt’s four children are dressing up big time for Purim, one of the more raucous of Jewish … Continued

A place for atheism at a Catholic college?

TORONTO — Talk about an unlikely course in an unlikely place. The main chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College at the … Continued

Preachers pray for unity at National Cathedral inaugural service

WASHINGTON — President Obama started his second term with a traditional worship service and a challenge to help heal the … Continued

‘Scandalous’ evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson gets star turn on Broadway

NEW YORK — Broadway openings often feature a first — the debut of a new star, the premiere of a … Continued

Thomas Jefferson, our least Christian president

WASHINGTON — During a recent trip to Washington, I took in two exhibits on Thomas Jefferson at the Smithsonian’s National … Continued

Record-setting heat wave, severe storms mark summer of 2012: Is this hell?

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES Storm cleanup continues as workers cut up a fallen tree so that power lines can be … Continued

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Proverbs: “Pride goes before the fall”

Mario Anzuoni REUTERS Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration at the Skirball Center in … Continued

What does the Bible say about sexual desire?

By Jennifer Wright Knust Part III: Biblical Desire Attempting to describe the love of the soul for God, the third-century … Continued

What does the Bible say about sexuality?

By Jennifer Wright Knust Part II: Biblical Sexuality In the Bible, sexuality is a matter of roles, property rights, and … Continued

Gov. Robert Bentley: What Baptists thought

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) probably didn’t plan to kick off his inaugural term with a religious quarrel but he … Continued

Pew’s preposterous pop quiz

By Jacques Berlinerblau (Editor’s note: Read Pew’s Alan Cooperman’s response to this post here.) The Pew Forum on Religion and … Continued

Profaning creation

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Satan and the 2010 Census

By Kristin SwensonAssociate Professor of Religious Studies Virginia Commonwealth University I received my census form last week, filled it out, … Continued

Sex as God, gross and gift

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

Ta’anit Ester: Fear not

“And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, the Jews had gladness, … Continued

Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats

Unhinged politicians, wrathful preachers, belligerent protesters and hateful pundits pursue a practice as old as the Bible. They create scapegoats. … Continued

The Joy of Meaning and Purpose

By Erica BrownDirector for Adult Education, Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning By my count, the concordance, the guide to … Continued

Consider the Vintage and the Source

Watching an Indiana Jones film and Citizen Kane with the same expectations is a mistake that can drain the pleasure … Continued

Barack, Thy Name is Biblical

Vilifying Barack Obama’s name has become a favorite blood sport in the 2008 presidential campaign. Recent examples range from repeated … Continued