Since launching in 2009, Patheos has grown to be the largest independent religion and spirituality website. Many of the site's faith channels have become the largest online space for that community, so that Patheos now contains the largest Catholic website, the largest Atheist website, and the largest Progressive Christian website – all at the same time.
Patheos went live in 2009 to meet the growing demand for credible, engaging information on religion and spirituality. Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, parents, and 20-year internet technology veterans, Leo and Cathie Brunnick were inspired to develop Patheos in 2008. "Our goal was to be the premier online destination for engaging in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality, and to provide a place for people to explore and experience the world's beliefs. We are thrilled with the amazing growth of Patheos and its ability to reach so many people in the U.S. and around the world," said Cathie Brunnick, Patheos COO and Founder.
"The world is calling for intelligent, civil conversation about faith, and Patheos meets that need," said Leo Brunnick, Patheos CEO and Founder. "Our writers provide a unique perspective on what's happening in the world. From Atheists and Muslims to Pagans and Christians, Patheos is a model for how the world's divergent belief systems can not only co-exist, but engage each other in meaningful dialogue."
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To celebrate Patheos turning five, our editors present a small selection of articles published since 2009. The highlights below are a sample of the diversity of faiths and viewpoints represented on the site.
Why Joe Klein is wrong about the role of secular humanists in the wake of disaster.
If you really believe in "saving unborn babies," you'll support a woman's right to choose. Here's why.
An avowedly anti-Christian atheist tells evangelical Christians how to effectively spread the Gospel.
A sex scandal in the Buddhist community shines an unfortunate but important spotlight on violence and misogyny.
Some pointers for practicing Zazen
Is meditation effective? Sorting fact from fiction.
Ten commandments for the internet age.
In the wake of the Gosnell abortion scandal, one Catholic blogger looked for a moment of grace.
Jeff Bethke's video went viral; this Catholic author challenges his assumptions.
A Harvard law professor, diagnosed with terminal cancer, reflects on what it is like to know that one is dying.
Belief is easy. Trust? Much harder.
Six reasons why, despite claims to the contrary, Mormons are not Christians.
A Hindu Response to the Newtown Tragedy Draws on the Bhagavad Gita.
This is what it's like to be a non-Christian in America today.
Using words like "idol" to describe Hindu worship only fosters misconceptions.
Contributing to a household's financial health isn't the same as drawing a paycheck.
A New Zealand Mormon feminist challenges the LDS patriarchy.
The rising age of marriage in America is causing anxiety among Mormons.
Modern lessons on love and marriage from the founder of Islam.
Thoughts on becoming, and staying, a Muslim eighteen years after conversion.
A story of hope, autism, and answered prayers.
I have experienced Gods who are real, distinct, and individual.
A three-part series highlighting seminal influences on Paganism.
The myths and gods I look to don't teach that only sex between husband and wife is acceptable.
Progressive Christian Channel
Maria Dixon Hall
In the wake of Paula Deen's media disgrace, a Progressive Christian author calls for a new level of grace.
The idea that human life begins at conception isn't nearly as old as many people think.
Benjamin L. Corey
Instead of further shaming Mark Driscoll, why not actually practice what Jesus taught?
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
We need to understand the growing portion of Americans who identify as spiritually independent.
The divine speaks to us through intuition. Creativity transforms that guidance into tangible form.
What depression taught me about loving self and others.