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Texas prison inmate sues to obtain locks of dead parents’ hair for religious ritual

TENNESSEE COLONY, Texas — William Chance wants to connect to the spirits of his dead parents from his prison cell. … Continued

Malala Yousafzai wins God’s peace prize

(Jessica Rinaldi: Associated Press) “Thank you to God, for whom we are all equal.” So Malala Yousafzai, who was shot … Continued

Bobby McFerrin: Praying as as he sings

ST. LOUIS — He’s best known for his iconic 1980s feel-good hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but Grammy-award winning artist … Continued

For aging religious leaders, is it still ‘till death us do part’?

When aging religious leaders reach the top echelons of temporal and spiritual power, their followers have a certain expectation: Till … Continued

The biggest slice of Obama’s religious coalition? The unaffiliated

WASHINGTON — The largest slice of President Barack Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent — is not very religious. … Continued

‘Distilled Spirits’ traces birth of New Age spirituality

BERKELEY, Calif. — Gerald Heard is the most influential religious thinker you’ve never heard of. Without Heard, some of the … Continued

How a Mormon scholar went from doubter to believer

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was … Continued

Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality

SALT LAKE CITY — For some Mormon feminists, there can be only one goal on the road to gender equality: … Continued

Pope finds kindred spirit in German ‘feminist’ saint

Here are two things that don’t typically go together: Pope Benedict XVI and feminist culture. Yet they both share a … Continued

Egypt’s Facebook revolution: is it spiritual?

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

A Christian response to violence: radical love

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Spiritual power in war

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

O’Reilly and the R-Word Factor

There’s one mystery that seems common to religions: real love, real truth, real goodness are often revealed by the least … Continued

Conversation and Conversion

Islam has succeeded in much of the world partly because it is intellectually interesting, culturally potent, and has spiritual power. … Continued

After Castro: New Energy, Same Strategy

When I was a kid, Fidel Castro was referred to as a “godless Communist” and we were afraid of him. … Continued

The Great Awakening on the Right and Left

My book “God’s Politics” called on people to take back their faith, after it had been “hijacked” by the Religious … Continued

Presidents Must Follow the Constitution’s Standards

In my capacity as president of The Interfaith Alliance, I have written Gov. Huckabee two letters recently asking that he … Continued

Eroticism and celibacy in Hinduism

“There has always been tension in Hinduism between sexuality and celibacy,” said Sudhir Kakar, a noted Indian psychoanalyst who also … Continued

Erotic Hindu Spirituality

The erotic carvings of medieval Indian temples, such as those of Khajuraho in central and Konarak in eastern India, have … Continued