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Yale’s humanists lose bid for campus recognition

RNS () — A newly formed humanist group at Yale University suffered a setback when the school’s broader religious community … Continued

ANALYSIS: ‘Gravity’ and the unanswered questions of unbelief

RNS () — Reviews of the new hit movie “Gravity” note that it’s an unusually fine science fiction film. What … Continued

COMMENTARY: Federal workers deserve a living wage

WASHINGTON — “All labor has dignity.” That’s what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said 50 years ago, and it’s … Continued

Ex-Mormons aren’t ‘lazy or sinful,’ church leader Dieter Uchtdorf says

SALT LAKE CITY — It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy … Continued

When pride overruns the common good

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) recently admitted that the government shutdown continues not for achievable policy goals, … Continued

When Catholic schools fire gay teachers, laity push back

RNS () — They taught English, gym, music and fifth grade, and are typically described as “beloved” by their students. … Continued

Navy chaplains to receive more training on sexual abuse

ST. LOUIS — Kristen Leslie began her 2003 book, “When Violence Is No Stranger,” with a verse from Psalms, a … Continued

In ‘Gravity,’ finding spirituality in space

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures / AP   Director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is being hailed as perhaps the best space-centric … Continued

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RNS () — The owner of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, under fire because his stores did not carry … Continued

Should We Rethink Eating Animals?

Perhaps our moral duties toward animals should, at the very least, lead Christians to return to our ancient practices of refusing to eat meat on Fridays and during the holy season of Lent.

Why GOP opposition to Obamacare will hurt Hispanic outreach

Voting signs sit outside the Licking County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting in Newark, Ohio … Continued

An antidote to religious strife in Egypt: nationalism

CAIRO — After decades of polarization along religious lines, Christians and Muslims in Egypt are coming together to rally behind … Continued

Atheists at the Pulpit

Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.

What’s my religion? It’s complicated, and beautiful.

(Amanda Sowards — AP) I sometimes remark to friends that I must be the only Christian in the world who … Continued

Why gun violence is a Christian issue

(George Frey/Getty Images) A suicide by shotgun in the City of Fairfax, following closely on the heels of the Navy … Continued

Can liberal Judaism survive?

June 4, 2013A Star of David decorates the ceiling at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.Astrid Riecken / For The … Continued

N.C. Catholic dioceses quit church council over same-sex marriage amendment

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At a time when Pope Francis is calling for the church to give up its obsession with … Continued

Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely … Continued

EXCERPTS: Billy Graham on sin, salvation and ‘trendy religion’

RNS () — Evangelist Billy Graham, who preached the gospel for more than seven decades, has written his 32nd book: … Continued

ANALYSIS: Billy Graham’s legacy is fading ‘into the mists of history’

WHEATON, Ill. — We gathered at Billy Graham’s alma mater over three days to explore his ministry’s place in American … Continued