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Why “Serial” Should End with “I Don’t Know”

How the popular whodunit podcast speaks to our need for certainty.

Shopping the Spiritual Supermarket

Lost your faith? There may still be a spiritual path available to you.

You Can Have Your Communion Wafer…And Eat It, Too!

Can you be spiritual without being religious? We know the opposite is true: that you can be religious without being … Continued

Defending Lady Gaga

Mark Judge deserves credit for taking popular culture seriously as a religious expression. I’m also sympathetic to his defense of … Continued

Making the Case for ‘Belief’ in God

Q:What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued

An Atheist Defends the Value of Religion

By Bruce Sheimanauthor As an atheist, I approach religion much like an economist. I believe religion persists in our market-based … Continued

America Has More Than 3 Faiths

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

No Such Thing as a Holy War

By Valerie Elverton Dixonfounder, JustPeaceTheory.com Each year on June 6, we remember those who fought and those who died on … Continued

Choosing Tylenol and God

By Barbara Bradley HagertyNPR’s Religion Correspondent I would like to say I left the faith of my childhood for exclusively … Continued

Atheists and the Will to Believe

The Pew poll results could simply be a curiosity. Without a definition of “God” or “atheism,” who really knows the … Continued

Faith Turns Dreams into Deeds

“The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery to which the wings of human nature have spread themselves have … Continued

No Sects, No Cults

Most scholars of religion have abandoned the word “cult” in the senses that it came to be used a couple … Continued

There He Was

I shouted to him several times “Don’t limit God!” He lectured me about the Holy Spirit at work in the church. Kanye West blasted on.

Mystical Experiences of God

My most formative religious experiences were a series of mystical experiences. They began to occur in my early thirties. They … Continued