Religions

Defending Religion From Itself

FP: by Knox Thames — The biggest threat to religious freedom is religious extremism. The world must recognize this — and act. Genuine democracy and political stability require “freedom of religion — because when people are free to practice their faith as they choose, it helps hold diverse societies together.” […]

Overcoming Spiritual Laziness

aleteia.org: by Theresa Branch — Why “I’m spiritual, not religious” doesn’t really work “Spiritual but not religious” is a cliché among many young people, including Christians. “Why,” goes the question, “do I need church when I can pray anywhere?” A 2012 Pew Research Poll reports the appalling numbers. Twenty percent […]

Religious Women Break Down Barriers

Huff Post: by Antonia Blumberg — March marks Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and critically assess the ways in which women’s rights have and have not progressed around the world. In the realm of religion, there is still much work to be done, as many faith traditions continue to bar […]

For Christ’s Sake

Slate.com: by William Saletan — Some Republicans would rather defend Christianity from all criticism than stand clearly against religious violence.  Rick Santorum, speaking here to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, is among the past and current GOP presidential candidates who have attacked […]

Thought-provoking ideas in religious studies

theguardian —  Pupils from St Marylebone school, London, attend a multi-faith assembly in church. It would be a grave disservice to students “to ditch religious studies in school” (Loose canon, 5 December) and to trivialise multifaith religious education as “mushy relativism” is unjust. Educators from Bosnia visiting our comprehensive school […]

Are Muslims Violent?

Huff Post: by Gary M. Burge — Are Muslims violent? Yes. Are Jews and Christians violent? Yes. The problem is not one’s religious affiliation. The problem is spiritual: There is something bent inside each of us that inspires us to distort the higher values of the faith we profess. I […]