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Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

RNS () — The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a … Continued

Aaron Alexis was no Buddhist

Aaron Alexis, the former Navy Petty Officer and apparent murderer of 12 innocent people at the Navy Yard in Washington … 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

In Texas abortion case, has ‘pro-life’ become ‘pro-choice’?

The case of a 16-year-old young woman successfully suing her parents to assure that they will support her choice to … Continued

Hate mail over Muslim event provides opportunity for Christian witness

All Saints Church, an Episcopal church in Pasadena, Calif., is moving forward with its decision to host a Muslim conference … Continued

Pluralism and prejudice: How conflicts over religious pluralism reveal America’s new ‘Sacred Ground’

The only Protestant running for president in 2012 is President Obama, an American of both a racially and a religiously … Continued

Is doubt good?

During Shabbat services at my temple last weekend, in an effort to get the kids excited for Passover, the prayer … Continued

After Trayvon Martin case, churches say ‘stereotypes cost lives’

An umbrella group of Christian denominations committed to combating racism is urging churches to use the death of Florida teen … Continued

Christmas after leaving the church

By Randy Roberts Potts When I was a kid in the 1980s, I attended a small Evangelical Christian school for … Continued

Ignore the willfully ignorant

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

The Duke ‘thesis’: Karen Owen’s discovery

A couple days ago, cyberspace started to vibrate with chatter about a provocative research project undertaken by a recent graduate … Continued

Jewish reflections on America’s relationship with Islam

By Rabbi Steve Gutow Last week two disturbing incidents occurred that I hope and pray are not the start of … Continued

A Time for Moral Reckoning

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

What Glenn Beck meant about social justice

By Stu Burguiereexecutive producer, The Glenn Beck Program> Like everyone else in America, Glenn Beck thinks “social justice” —if its … Continued

Faith, Hope and an iPhone App

By Tracy GrantThe Washington Post The purchase of a calendar is the single greatest act of faith I have ever … Continued

Engage Hate or Ignore It?

Despite the attitude of many Jewish leaders, I am not certain that ignoring this famously hateful church group at Westboro … Continued

Race, Class and Catholicism

The flap over Professor Gates and Officer Crowley with comments of President Obama is an example of the confusing boundaries … Continued

Ranting on the Right and Left

I think President Obama was right to soften the tone of his statement the other day on the Gates arrest … Continued

Try Excused Absences

The New York City Council last week voted to add two Muslim holidays to the city’s public school calendar, citing … Continued

‘Praying Parents’ Put School in Legal Limbo

A year ago, a federal judge ruled that Lakeview Elementary School in suburban Nashville was illegally promoting religion by failing … Continued