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The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Badie

Seemingly within reach of unprecedented power in a post-Mubarak Egypt, the group faces the prospect of implosion.

Antigovernment zealots and biblical literalists are driving the race for 2012's Republican presidential nomination.

Isaac Casaubon was a model citizen of the republic of letters—a community more durable than any church and broader than academia.

Wajeha al-Huwaider

The internationally renowned activist talks to Katha Pollitt about women and driving in Saudi Arabia, a feminist Islam, and the chances for a “Saudi Spring.”

Aimee Semple McPherson dressed as a motorcycle cop for a sermon

As contradictory as the gospel truths of California's digerati are the dogmas of West Coast evangelicalism, a melding of Jefferson and Jesus.

Solomon Schechter examining manuscripts

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole's Sacred Trash offers a precious meditation on how the discovery of hidden hoards of history can transform our worlds.

Pope John Paul II

The pope failed to take decisive action in response to clear evidence of a criminal underground in the priesthood.

Islam's Nonviolent Tradition

History is replete with peaceful role models like the “Frontier Gandhi” of colonial India.

Sam Harris

Scientists, Sam Harris writes, are the saints of circumspection. If that’s true, then with his writing on religion and morality Harris breaks the mold.
 

Blogs

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

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

'A Punk Prayer' distills the group's protest and trial into a parable on Vladimir Putin's free speech crackdown.

May 14, 2013

A TV debate over Muslims and violence and America's own terror practices.

May 13, 2013

Social Security hasn't contributed to this deficit and won't add to future debt—and it's journalistic malpractice for the mainstream press to suggest otherwise.

April 11, 2013

Hollingsworth v. Perry has a chance of being dismissed without a ruling, leaving a better case to serve as the vehicle for the court's opinion on marriage.

March 29, 2013

Liberals concerned with Israel often miss the inconvenient fact of the radical Palestinian organization's human rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. Reed Richardson also writes about the outsized State of the Union response allowed to the Tea Party. 

February 14, 2013

Much of the coverage of the former Cardinal Ratzinger doesn’t mention that for years he was in charge of the church’s files on abuse by priests.

February 12, 2013

A new HBO documentary reports on victims—and heroes.

February 8, 2013