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Faith and Aging

The gradual aging of American society has triggered wide and disparate conversations about Social Security, euthanasia, elder care, medical attempts to prolong life, and the attempt to attain immortality. The challenges of growing old are abundant and often frightening. How can we grow old gracefully? What do our faith traditions offer in support of this part of the life experience? How do they interpret the journey toward death?

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Side-by-Side Religion Comparison Tool

The Side by Side Lens allows you to create an easy to read comparison chart for up to three differing religious traditions.

Capitol & Cathedral

Georgetown University reckons with its slaveholding past

Witnessing the Georgetown Jesuits and the descendants of slaves praying, singing, and breaking bread together seemed like a preview of heaven. It was a visible, tangible reminder that, in spite of its drawbacks, seeing the grand drama of human sin and reconciliation through the lens of Christianity reminds me why faith remains so compelling.

Convention of States

Let’s Be Honest: Is National Unity Even Possible Now?

After that Congressional baseball shooting, what's next?

Science On Religion

Rituals boost self-control

Maybe you’ve heard of the “marshmallow experiment” for testing people’s self-control. In this classic psychology study, scientists offered young children a choice: either eat a single marshmallow immediately, or wait for a few minutes and get to eat two. Findings have shown a remarkable correlation between children’s ability to delay gratification and a plethora of [Read More...]

Religion Now

Moving Zionism Forward: A Conversation with the President of the American Zionist Movement

In a New York City bookstore in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, far-left, self-described “radicals” gather to discuss “Freedom-Fighting Under State Repression.” Contempt for everything from Israel and America to capitalism and law enforcement dominate the conversation. But the most caustic rhetoric is reserved for redefining Zionism. The movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland is a [Read More...]

Religion Q&A

Jesus and “the spirits in prison” — is this the New Testament’s most difficult passage?

JOEL’S QUESTION: [Explanation:] The pastor of a New Jersey Protestant congregation sent in several “questions that have come up here.” One of them is how to understand the passage in the New Testament letter of 1st Peter about Jesus Christ preaching to “the spirits in prison.” THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: The Bible’s major teachings are [Read More...]

World Religions: An Introduction to Five Major Traditions

Introduce your students to basic information about the world's largest religions - their origins, history, beliefs, and practices. Use this guide to Patheos' resources as you plan a learning unit around world religions.