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Good News
What Good Is Religion, Anyway?

We all know the media mantra, "What bleeds, leads." Bad news sells, and there's nothing like a juicy religious scandal to drive traffic. Yet, for every sordid religious story, there are any number of quiet stories of charity, compassion, self-sacrifice, and service. In our obsession with bad news, what are we missing of the GOOD of religion? How is your tradition contributing to the flourishing of the world?

Here, we invite our writers—those of faith and those without—to remind us of the best of our traditions. How has faith, in big and small ways, theoretical and very concrete, served humanity and the world for good?


Good News: Most Recent Stories

Humanism and

Humanism and "The Other"

Dale McGowan

Two values that animate humanists above all others are the value of rational responses over emotional ones and the rejection of every form of tribalism.

He Traveled With No Money or Phone to Prove People Are Good

He Traveled With No Money or Phone to Prove People Are Good

Jean Yih Kingston

Rob Greenfield took off from San Diego, CA to Panama City, Panama with the clothes on his back and his passport and absolutely nothing else.

Panda Enjoys Orange Popsicle

Panda Enjoys Orange Popsicle

Jean Yih Kingston

Just like the rest of us, this panda likes his popsicle and he's a very neat eater!

Bec Cranford: Tattooed Pentecostal Wonder-Woman

Bec Cranford: Tattooed Pentecostal Wonder-Woman

Morgan Guyton

Bec believes that her duty is to behold the divine in every other person.

Atheist Group Is Helping a Homeless Camp in Southeast Texas

Atheist Group Is Helping a Homeless Camp in Southeast Texas

Hemant Mehta

"We were told that treating them as humans and not just a charity was the best part of our visit."

This Dad and Baby Say

This Dad and Baby Say "Whatsup" and Roll With Laughter

Jean Yih Kingston

You just need to watch this happiness!

Down Syndrome Couple Shows Love Conquers All

Down Syndrome Couple Shows Love Conquers All

Bristol Palin

A video of one of the sweetest moments ever captured has gone viral.

Polar Bear Gives Smooches to Her Human Friend

Polar Bear Gives Smooches to Her Human Friend

Jean Yih Kingston

See this fascinating relationship between man and animal.

Atheist Mother Makes Blood Donation Part of Her Family Vacation

Atheist Mother Makes Blood Donation Part of Her Family Vacation

Hemant Mehta

In addition to visiting Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Veronica Gilmore made sure to stop by a blood bank.

Poverty-Stricken Teen Offers, Gets $300,000 in Return

Poverty-Stricken Teen Offers, Gets $300,000 in Return

Bristol Palin

Sixteen-year-old Chauncy Jones's life has changed forever thanks to the simple act of one kind man in a Memphis grocery store.

Most Popular Stories

A Sufi Entrepreneur On How to End Poverty in Africa

A Sufi Entrepreneur On How to End Poverty in Africa

Edwin Woodruff Tait

Wade makes a powerful case for the importance of free enterprise in lifting people out of poverty and also in preserving cultural diversity.

8 Quotes From Children's Books to Make You Happy

8 Quotes From Children's Books to Make You Happy

Jean Yih Kingston

Here are 8 more quotes from children's books that will bring you back in time and warm you from your toes to the top of your head.

Color Blind Brothers See Colors for the First Time

Color Blind Brothers See Colors for the First Time

Jean Yih Kingston

There are so many things we take for granted each day, and for most of us, seeing colors each time we open our eyes is a given.

From Mission to Graduation: A New Model for 21st Century Missions

From Mission to Graduation: A New Model for 21st Century Missions

Gary Edmonds

Anyone who is a parent knows, there is nothing more important than meeting this most basic need—security for our children.

Graduating Families to Non-Violence

Graduating Families to Non-Violence

Gary Edmonds

Using a suite of education programs... families shared teachings that discouraged family violence and provided better ways to cope.

10 Practical Ways to Help the Poor and Aid Those in Need

10 Practical Ways to Help the Poor and Aid Those in Need

Frank Viola

Giving is one of the hallmark signatures of any follower of Jesus. Well, at least it should be.

Good News in a Shampoo Bottle

Good News in a Shampoo Bottle

David R. Henson

This is every sermon you will ever need to preach or hear.It's hope from a sink, wisdom with wet hair. It's good news from a shampoo bottle.

From the Slammer to the Bakery With LOVE

From the Slammer to the Bakery With LOVE

Gerard A. Murphy

It behooves us to take a little leaf out of the books of these visionaries who exemplify a better way to heal, welcome, and reform the 'lost sheep' in our midst.

The Hard Thing About Humility

The Hard Thing About Humility

Monique Ocampo

Since the official date of Mother Teresa's canonization has been announced, I want to look into her insights on humility today.

Ask A Muslim: Simple Questions Open a Floodgate of Humanity

Ask A Muslim: Simple Questions Open a Floodgate of Humanity

Sebastian Robins

May we have the courage to look up, to shake off the wintry fears and find light in every dark corner.

What Good Is Christianity?

A Benchmark for Christian Politicians

A Benchmark for Christian Politicians

Peter Enns

There is plenty of bad press out there about how Christianity is more the problem than the solution to world problems.

What's Religion Good For?

What's Religion Good For?

willduquette

"What is Religion good for?" is an important question because it's entirely the wrong question.

What Good Is Religion in Business?

What Good Is Religion in Business?

Liam Glover

We fall into the trap of believing faith has nothing to offer the work world. Work's about logic, faith's about dealing with the unknown.

Christianity's Immoral (and That's Good)

Christianity's Immoral (and That's Good)

Adam Ericksen

Is religion good? Does it cause us to be better people? Or is it the cause of wars, destruction and violence?

How to Find the Good in Religion: Look

How to Find the Good in Religion: Look

Alicia de los Reyes

Now that I'm looking for it, this what I find: people whose creative spark comes from God. And that power, when used for good, is amazing.

Why I Am Spiritual — and — Religious

Why I Am Spiritual — and — Religious

Greg Garrett

I know why "spiritual but not religious" seems to some like a good idea. But I also know that religion saved me when spirituality could not.

Contemplating What Good Religion Is

Contemplating What Good Religion Is

Carl McColman

Religion is a tool, a powerful tool, for bringing meaning, purpose, and positive ideals into our lives.

Christianity IS a Patent Medicine

Christianity IS a Patent Medicine

Greg Forster

Our churches and our life of faith have become too disconnected from the public good.

What Good Is Buddhism?

What Good Is Religion, Anyway?

What Good Is Religion, Anyway?

Domyo Burk

What good is my religion to the people who don't practice it? What kind of positive impact does it have on the injustices of the world?

What Good Is Hinduism?

A Solid Foundation of Pluralism

A Solid Foundation of Pluralism

Padma Kuppa

The Hindu religion is inherently very diverse, and has many different ways of being sliced and diced.

Hinduism's Gift to Mankind

Hinduism's Gift to Mankind

Desh Kapoor

Opening up of the spiritual world to everyone is the greatest contribution of Hinduism.

What Good Is Islam?

What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

Hesham A. Hassaballa

For every sin attributed to religion, I find countless examples of good in this world fostered by religion.

6 Things I Love the Most About the Quran

6 Things I Love the Most About the Quran

Ro Waseem

Above all, it was a book I could very much relate to, it liberated me from an ordinary existence and gave my life a meaning, and a purpose.

What Good Is Paganism?

What Good Is Gardnerian Wicca?

What Good Is Gardnerian Wicca?

Thorn Mooney

Sometimes, the good of religion lies in the day-to-day.

What Good Is (Nature-Based) Paganism?

What Good Is (Nature-Based) Paganism?

Lupa Greenwolf

My spirituality is in this world &mdash the only life I know that I have for sure.

Wicca's Spiritual Gifts Not Only for Wiccans

Wicca's Spiritual Gifts Not Only for Wiccans

Gus diZerega

Wicca and similar NeoPagan traditions have already helped humanity far out of proportion to our small numbers.

Encouraging the Good in the World

Encouraging the Good in the World

Rua Lupa

I don't care who you are or what your practice is, if it's not concerned with improving the quality of life for others, it's bound to do harm.

Five Reasons Why Witchcraft is Awesome!

Five Reasons Why Witchcraft is Awesome!

Sable Aradia

I wouldn't claim we invented the ideas on this list, but our faith helps promote them, and our actions support them in the world at large.

What Good Is Magic, Anyway?

What Good Is Magic, Anyway?

Taylor Ellwood

I'm going to tell you why magic is relevant to me and what it is good for and why it isn't an optional part of my spiritual path.

What Good Is Paganism for Families?

What Good Is Paganism for Families?

Molly Khan

Paganism has a reputation of being for teenagers and experimenting twenty-somethings, but I think it's the best choice for a family as well.

What Good Is Paganism?

What Good Is Paganism?

Jason Mankey

Modern Paganism is pushing society forward and reminding people of their responsibility to the Earth.

What Good Is Atheism?

What Good Atheism Has Done for This Ex-Muslim?

What Good Atheism Has Done for This Ex-Muslim?

Kaveh Mousavi

Atheism does not equal critical thinking, or tolerance, or a liberated mind. Atheism is an opportunity, an option, a potential blank slate.

Atheism Is the Freedom to Be More

Atheism Is the Freedom to Be More

Alix Jules

You get to bomb the world with great ideas, remix it with a new shade, and remind each other that this world, that this wall, isn't just yours.

Why Atheism Is a Force for Good

Why Atheism Is a Force for Good

Adam Lee

The great moral conflicts of the next hundred years must be settled on the basis of what's true, not just on who believes more fervently.

What Good Is My Atheism?

What Good Is My Atheism?

Sincere Kirabo

Atheism affords me a pragmatic mentality divorced from superfluous considerations. It leaves me amendable to new information and challenges.

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