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Angel Wagenstein and the evolution of modern Jewish storytelling.

A new book explores the longstanding scholarly debate over a secret and libertine Gospel of Mark.

The Episcopal Church's promotion of an openly gay clergyman has created a serious rift within the religious community, threatening the future of the denomination.

If Rick Warren, Barack Obama and the gay community can find common ground, it'll be on civil, not religious, grounds. So let's separate church and state.

A newsman who witnessed the carnage at Jonestown talks about the People's Temple, the power of images and the state of news.

Obama's choice to give the invocation at his inauguration is a slap at progressives and a bow to the religious right.

The deep grievances of marginalized Indian Muslims are a source of major societal rifts, exacerbated by the anti-Muslim propaganda of Hindu fundamentalists.

Who, exactly, are the Taliban? It's clear Afghan insurgents are far from monolithic.

Members of India's poorest classes who converted to Christianity to escape the caste system, now find themselves the targets of brutal persecution by Hindu nationalists.

We need a new national dialogue to untangle the triumphalist Christian story line that has wrapped itself around our political discourse.

Blogs

There’s always a cauldron of crazy simmering just beneath the surface of our ‘rational’ lives. 

April 1, 2014

The Catholic directives would leave just one OB-GYN in the city of Bartlesville who can prescribe contraception for birth control purposes.

March 31, 2014

The notorious Westboro Baptist Church pastor has died. Why were we so enthralled by him in the first place?

March 20, 2014

Until now, most Jewish college students assumed that open dialogue on Israel was a taboo topic in Hillel—Swarthmore debunked that myth.

February 27, 2014

Penguin’s withdrawing and pulping The Hindus: An Alternative History is only the latest in a series of surrenders.

February 14, 2014

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014

Francis embraces and encourages resistance to an “economy of exclusion and inequality.”

November 30, 2013

A hundred and fifty people of faith and furloughed workers marched on the offices of GOP leaders.

October 16, 2013

Prabhjot Singh’s clemency toward his at-large attackers should be admired, not taken as a sign of weakness.

September 26, 2013

In a remarkable interview, Pope Francis calls for a “new balance” on issues such as abortion and LGBT rights. Has he opened the door for a renewed focus on economic justice?

September 20, 2013