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Why religious freedom is inseparable from progress in the Middle East

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Amr Nabil / AP The revolutions that shook the Arab world … Continued

Morocco: it’s complicated

The rapid-fire events in Tunisia and Egypt have caught people everywhere by surprise. That’s especially true in the neighborhood (North … Continued

Vatican contemplates communication strategy in Twitter era

Traditionally slow to move, the Vatican prepares to jump into the modern communications world.

An exceptional but not chosen people

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Unreason infects atheism (too) in the culture of American rage

For me, one of the worst aspects of America’s week of rage over the ashes of 9/11 was the commentary … Continued

Hope for Guinea

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall These are exciting but tense times in the West African nation of Guinea. A … Continued

Beck’s worst nightmare: Early church was socialist

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

Howard Zinn’s last advice to America – and to me

Tuesday morning – just two days ago – I wrote half a dozen leaders of progressive thought and action in … Continued

The Church is also a special interest group

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Pope Benedict’s Interfaith Spirit

By Jack Bemporadexecutive director, Center for Interreligious Understanding A simple idea turned into a kind of grassroots movement among rabbis … Continued

Obama’s Faith in Respect

By Valerie Elverton Dixonfounder President Obama has been criticized for his respectful demeanor when meeting controversial and often anti-American … Continued

Think Global, Act Global on Climate Change

I’m sitting in the apse of the Cathedral at Uppsala, Sweden. It’s high, solid stone walls arch over my head, … Continued

Religion Can Empower Women, But Does It?

Women can indeed be empowered by religion, although much of the feminist critique of religion in the 1970s and 1980s … Continued

The Disillusioned Generation

As a child of the inflated innocence of the Fifties I was raised to believe in the George Washington “I … Continued

Our Obession and Outrage

So we have now gone through another more high-profile sex scandal with its obligatory mix of power (did you know … Continued

Let’s Get Real

So we have now gone through another more high profile sex scandal with its obligatory mix of power (did you … Continued

About ‘Religion From the Heart’

Today’s discussions about religion tend to leave everyone exhausted and discouraged. People debate about the existence of God, about the … Continued

A Questionable Moral Instinct

Steven Pinker’s New York Times magazine piece on morality, The Moral Instinct, drips with disdain for cultural and historical traditions … Continued

Pagans Embrace Science

From a Pagan point of view, there’s no contradiction between religion and science. Our Goddess is immanent in the earth … Continued

Starhawk’s Fall/Winter Schedule

Starhawk’s Fall/Winter Schedule: * The Spiral Dance — October 27, San Francisco * Samhain ritual — October 28, Sebastopol * … Continued