Christmas Day

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Why Christian conservatives oppose Chuck Hagel’s nomination

Chip Somodevilla GETTY IMAGES Chuck Hagel, a Republican and former U.S. senator from Nebraska, addresses the National Newspaper Association’s Government … Continued

Pastor to spend Christmas in Iranian prison, imprisoned for his faith

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, a time of joy, hope, and peace on earth, we are reminded that in … Continued

So this is Christmas . . .

AP A Christian worshiper prays at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus … Continued

The secret to winning the Christmas wars

AP A young woman takes a close look at a Christmas decoration set up at Lisbon’s main Rossio square on … Continued

The family man campaign

GETTY IMAGES Let us pause from one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in modern American history to contemplate an … Continued

No church, it’s Christmas

In the last few days, I’d been hearing something counterintuitive from D.C. area pastors: Some churches were canceling services this … Continued

Big picture: Heavenly photos for Advent

Alan Taylor runs The Atlantic’s In Focus photography blog and earlier created’s award-winning Big Picture, which became one of … Continued

‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty, says he was following ‘Islamic law’

A Nigerian on a terrorist mission for al-Qaeda prayed, washed and put on perfume moments before trying to detonate a … Continued

A (Hindu) Christmas Carol?

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Why I want to believe in Christmas

I love Christmas. I have always loved Christmas. I love the trees and the lights and the ornaments and the … Continued

“War on Christmas” enters final week

By Gustav Niebuhr Just how old is the idea that segments of corporate America are trying to erode the spiritual … Continued

Dispatches from the Christmas front: Republicans see sacrilege in working over holidays

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested that Congress might have to return to Washington to complete its work during … Continued

Chinese food and religious freedom

In the last week of last month, religion in America became part of the public conversation via two events that … Continued

A day of prayer for judicial common sense

The news came as a bit of a shock last week: According to a federal judge in Wisconsin, the National … Continued

Faith vs. fear in America

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Stephen Heinz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is passionate about democracy. For him, … Continued

U.S. overreacting to underpants bomber?

The fallout from the botched attempt by a Nigerian Muslim to blow up NW Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit … Continued

High anxiety: Faith, fear and flying

Anxiety is once again flying high as Americans board planes and travel this holiday season. A young Nigerian is accused … Continued

Obama’s inaugural address set new course

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and … Continued

A Jewish Christmas story

By Steve LuxenbergThe Washington Post I can’t shed any light on whether it snowed for six days and six nights … Continued

A tree sings in Maryland

By Hamil R. Harris People expect angels, shepherds and actors playing Mary and Joseph during the annual church play about … Continued