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religion

By Tracy Blanchard November 24, 2014

Is our so-called polarization a crafted perception? A truth-telling commentary on the problem with polls, the need for curiosity in public life, and a call for a new kind of conversation on what we believe — beyond either/or.

By Martin E. Marty June 30, 2014

New research shows that charitable giving for religious organizations declined in the past few years. This trend, Martin Marty suggests, both reflects American’s dwindling interest in religious institutions and offers an opportunity for religious organizations to appeal to "the better angels of their nature."

By Jeffrey Kaplan June 27, 2014

With ISIS insurgent forces moving towards Baghdad, a religious historian hears the echoes of past foreign policy missteps. And, once again, he sees Sunni and Shi’ite forces preparing for war.

By Martin E. Marty June 02, 2014

A new survey shows that Christians who take phone polls exaggerate their attendance more than those who take online polls. But, Martin Marty says, it's showing what we all have known for centuries.

By Peter Han April 14, 2014

In the debate between scientific fact and religious faith, the author wonders if we, as skeptical people living in an age of science, have the capability believing in myth. Or, do we prefer living in a meaningless world.

By Dan Collison February 19, 2014

How do we fulfill the dream that was bequeathed to us? By practicing the joyful art of doing life together across racial categories without fear.

By Kevin Douglas Grant February 03, 2014

Rather than leave her Orthodox tradition, Tova Hartman creates a community that acknowledges the "feminine side of prayer" and the difference of others.

By Megan Bender January 12, 2014

The two sisters known as CocoRosie seek out comfort in the mysterious. Visually arresting, their music is full of wonder and absurdity — at once unnerving and familiar. Take a listen, it might surprise you.

By Martin E. Marty January 08, 2014

Few expressions of religion are as public and inescapable as buildings. Some photos of the best of the best of this year's religious architecture from Faith & Form.

By Trent Gilliss October 19, 2013

Krista sits down with The Takeaway to explain the impulses behind the Pew polls on the religiously unaffiliated Millennials. She believes that this growing number of unaffiliated young people are a source of renewal of religion in the U.S.

By Trent Gilliss October 18, 2013

How has your religious identity changed? Does faith still play an important role in your life? Are you concerned that young people are leaving religious institutions? Join John Hockenberry today (Friday, October 18) at 2:00 pm ET to participate in a live online chat. Whatever questions or comments you have, we hope you add your voice to the conversation.

By Trent Gilliss October 18, 2013

Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family's faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.

By Mikel Ellcessor October 17, 2013

Three young Muslim-Americans — Kamran, Tasneem, and Zahra — struggle to reconcile their "Muslim" and "American" identities. Why don't we hear more of this in the media?

By Martin E. Marty July 11, 2013

Shifts in the U.S.' ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.

June 11, 2013

Martin Marty invites interfaith couples to reflect and tell their stories — and challenge the binary headlines.

June 05, 2013

A.E. Lefton on Bahá’í leaders being persecuted and imprisoned in Iran — and how they remind her of the sacrifice and the richness of human life.

May 17, 2013

Glenn Greewald's calling out of Sam Harris' speech as anti-Muslim rhetoric sparked quite a debate. Is Mr. Harris a new form of atheism an old form of colonialism?

April 30, 2013

Vigorous discussions on what we're owed and what we earn, the slow work of healing, and stories of inspiration about being alone in this busy world.

April 28, 2013

Listen to Marie Howe read these striking lines from her poem. Her ability to read her own work is marvelous.

April 24, 2013

The public's trust in "organized religion" is on the decline. While wearying, Martin Marty says that these polls offer insights and lessons on how religious institutions must serve the public better.

April 01, 2013

What morsels of wisdom would you like to see captured from our show with Congressman Lewis? Tell us about it.

February 27, 2013

The so-called patron saint of the Mexican drug war finds a different breed of followers on the other side of the border.

February 20, 2013

President Obama continues the use of explicit religious language in his speeches as many of his predecessors did in the 20th century. But should it be alarming when he's referred to as Pastor in Chief?

February 03, 2013

A testament to the power of religious language, Paul Harvey, and the dream of America presented through rural imagery?

November 27, 2012

The film Life of Pi is not just a "parable of the postmodern quest for 'spiritual fulfillment'" but a meditation on beauty and our own finitude.

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