Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion? Humanists think 2017 is their time to grow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post The name of the gathering almost sounded like an oxymoron: the “Humanist Clergy Collaboratory.” A meeting to organize religious leaders — for people who don’t believe in organized religion? “Well,” Amanda Poppei joked, “some people would say we’re not that... Read More »

Is Free Speech Good for Muslims?

Monday, March 27, 2017
Mustafa Akyol, New York Times I recently watched a curious debate that took place in 2015 at the Free Press Society of Denmark. On one side was Geert Wilders, the far-right Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner whose ascendance to power was, I’m happy to say, checked by the elections in the... Read More »

Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

Thursday, March 23, 2017
(RNS) Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-known conservative Christian thinkers, Princeton Theological Seminary has reversed course and said Keller... Read More »

Mr. Modi’s Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists

Thursday, March 23, 2017
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, NY TIMES Since he was elected in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has played a cagey game, appeasing his party’s hard-line Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and economic growth. Despite worrying signs that he... Read More »

Trump’s new drone strike policy might violate centuries of Christian ethics

Thursday, March 23, 2017
By Jacob Marthaller, Washington Post Reports emerged last week that the White House will make it easier for the United States to launch drone strikes, potentially opening the door to attacks that could kill civilian bystanders. Compared to another travel ban, a new health-care law and an... Read More »

Failing Quebec’s Muslims

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
By MARTIN PATRIQUIN MONTREAL — “Where is it written in the criminal code that I don’t have the right to leave someone a pig’s head? Is it Islamophobic? Well, no, it’s just an anodyne gesture.” So said the Quebec City radio host Éric Duhaime last summer, two days after a pig’s head was left on... Read More »

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
By Tom Gjelten WASHINGTON -- The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country. For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-... Read More »

A scientist’s new theory: Religion was key to humans’ social evolution

Monday, February 27, 2017
By Julie Zauzmer ​ BOSTON — In humans’ mysterious journey to become intelligent, socializing creatures like no other in the animal world, one innovation played an essential role: religion. That’s the theory that a preeminent evolutionary scientist is setting out to prove. Click here to... Read More »

The New American Anti-Semitism

Thursday, February 23, 2017
By David Leonhardt My late father and I had a friendly running debate about anti-Semistism. He had experienced some nasty anti-Semitic teasing as a child in the 1950s. And when a high-profile incident happened in the United States during his adult life, he’d often express a concern that it... Read More »

After following its congregation to the suburbs, this church is heading back to the city

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Julie Zauzmer Almost 30 years ago, Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church followed a path trod by many a congregation, a business and a family — out of Washington and into the suburbs. Today, the church is charting a new course: a return to the heart of the city. The District is... Read More »