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Immigration reform a mandate for Jews, Christians and Muslims

For the three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), hospitality to the stranger and alien among us is embedded deep in our DNA.

Obama’s prayer breakfast and the still small voice of the Religious Left

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign. Remember that young phenom who “rocked” the 2004 … Continued

Create a holy Hanukkah

My first Hanukkah memory has nothing to do with the story of the Macabees overthrowing the Greeks to protect the … Continued

What would it take for you to really live your faith?

It baffles me why so many politicians who tout their Christian credentials are millionaires. They claim they’re willing to follow … Continued

Stay, release, transform

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

A nun’s tale

By William Dalrymplewriter and historian (Adapted by the author from his book “Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in … Continued

The questionable legacy of a prosperity preacher

Why does the “prosperity gospel” work so much better in drawing people than the Gospel of Jesus the Christ? I … Continued

The Cost of Materialism and Prejudice

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

Compassion a Value All Faiths Share

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong is asking the world to write a Charter for Compassion, based on her premise that compassion … Continued

Catholic and Anti-Capitalist

Listening to talking heads on the TV worry about the financial rescue package, I heard some rhetoric that sacralized the … Continued

Balancing Material Comforts and Spiritual Values

Mankind is hard-wired to seek improvement in his circumstances. There are exceptions, but most cultures assume that men and women … Continued

Using Personality Cults and Being Used

I am willing to abstain from casting too harsh a light on the lives of the founders of the Church … Continued

Atheists Formed by Distraction

To the extent that atheism is in vogue right now (I wouldn’t know how to measure that), the explanation may … Continued