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The Catholic Church needs a sex talk

Here in the papal interregnum, rumors fly about a shady cabal of Vatican officials who may—or may not—be subject to … Continued

Love cannot be earned

By Patrick Deneen UnorthodoxyA woman holds Valentine’s Day balloons to hand out on a street in Lisbon February 14, 2011. … Continued

Going where no pope has gone before

In an interview with journalist Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict XVI said that condom use may be acceptable under “exceptional circumstances” … Continued

Did the pope approve condom use?

By Elizabeth Tenety A leaked excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s book-length interview with journalist Peter Seewald in which the pope … Continued

Atheists: know thy enemy

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Slime and punishment

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

Human and religious limitations

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

Profaning creation

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

Atheism no longer an unquestioned pejorative

A blogger writes earlier this week, “I like your spirited, historically based analysis of the need for public school education … Continued

The radical hope of heaven

(An excerpt from my new book “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife“. Copyright © 2010. Reprinted by permission of … Continued

Economic Penance

My emotive response to the ongoing financial crisis centers on the fear and uncertainty it has produced with respect to … Continued

The Economy and the Campaign: The Death of False Gods

Fears about the economy. Anger on the campaign trail. Which concerns you most? How should we respond? 1…..We should have … Continued

Thumbs Down on Domestic Violence

I had blundered, bigtime. Speaking at an interfaith assembly, I had made the case that women’s welfare would improve much … Continued

The Profound Power of a Simple Eulogy

Moderator’s Note from Sally Quinn: Every once in a while we see or hear something at a funeral or a … Continued

Science, the (Sometimes Unruly) Child of Biblical Faith

Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo” and that deeply misleading staple of high school English courses, “Inherit the Wind,” have thoroughly confused our … Continued

Don’t Ask Why, But What Can I Do?

When I sat down to think about this question, it struck me immediately that war is hardly worse than many … Continued

Many Paths Lead to the Divine

As a believer, my fundamental aim is a life in resonance with the Divine, a life in concord with the … Continued

The End is a-Comin’

Of course the earth isn’t going to last forever. Scientists currently estimate we’ve got about 5 billion years (give or … Continued

Prayer Helps Us Chip Away Our Egotism

A simple reminder of why prayer really is for us, and only us.

Religions Built on Men’s Fear of Being Expendable

Why have women fared badly in religions? Women make babies and men do not. This fundamental fact of human existence … Continued