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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."

Be sure to check out reflections from staff, readers, and writers, and browse the site's history using the links below. Wish us a Happy Anniversary via Twitter at #Patheos5yrs.


 

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.


Atheist Channel

TIME Blames Atheists for Not Helping Tornado Victims

TIME Blames Atheists for Not Helping Tornado Victims

Hemant Mehta

Why Joe Klein is wrong about the role of secular humanists in the wake of disaster.

How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement

How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement

Libby Anne

If you really believe in "saving unborn babies," you'll support a woman's right to choose. Here's why.

Top Ten Tips for Christian Evangelism (from an Atheist)

Top Ten Tips for Christian Evangelism (from an Atheist)

Daniel Fincke

An avowedly anti-Christian atheist tells evangelical Christians how to effectively spread the Gospel.

Buddhist Channel

Let's Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

Danny Fisher

A sex scandal in the Buddhist community shines an unfortunate but important spotlight on violence and misogyny.

How to Practice Zen

How to Practice Zen

James Ford

Some pointers for practicing Zazen

The Effectiveness of Meditation

The Effectiveness of Meditation

Justin Whitaker

Is meditation effective? Sorting fact from fiction.

Catholic Channel

An Examination of Conscience for the Internet

An Examination of Conscience for the Internet

Greg Kandra

Ten commandments for the internet age.

Is MSM Awareness of Gosnell a Wave in Tide of God's Mercy?

Is MSM Awareness of Gosnell a Wave in Tide of God's Mercy?

Elizabeth Scalia

In the wake of the Gosnell abortion scandal, one Catholic blogger looked for a moment of grace.

Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus: the Smackdown

Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus: the Smackdown

Marc Barnes

Jeff Bethke's video went viral; this Catholic author challenges his assumptions.

Evangelical Channel

You Will Call, I Will Answer: An Interview with William Stuntz

You Will Call, I Will Answer: An Interview with William Stuntz

Timothy Dalrymple

A Harvard law professor, diagnosed with terminal cancer, reflects on what it is like to know that one is dying.

Why I Don't Believe in God Anymore

Why I Don't Believe in God Anymore

Peter Enns

Belief is easy. Trust? Much harder.

Why Mormonism is Not Christianity

Why Mormonism is Not Christianity

Ben Witherington

Six reasons why, despite claims to the contrary, Mormons are not Christians.

Hindu Channel

Grieving as Arjuna Did

Grieving as Arjuna Did

Vineet Chander

A Hindu Response to the Newtown Tragedy Draws on the Bhagavad Gita.

A Day in the Life of a Religious Minority

A Day in the Life of a Religious Minority

Ambaa

This is what it's like to be a non-Christian in America today.

Language Matters: Deities and Darshan

Language Matters: Deities and Darshan

Padma Kuppa

Using words like "idol" to describe Hindu worship only fosters misconceptions.

Mormon Channel

Stay-at-Home Mothers Are Not Moochers

Stay-at-Home Mothers Are Not Moochers

Rosalynde Welch

Contributing to a household's financial health isn't the same as drawing a paycheck.

Reflections after Temple Square: Furious Musings from the Periphery

Reflections after Temple Square: Furious Musings from the Periphery

Gina Colvin

A New Zealand Mormon feminist challenges the LDS patriarchy.

On Mormon Marriage Anxiety

On Mormon Marriage Anxiety

Ryan Tobler

The rising age of marriage in America is causing anxiety among Mormons.

Muslim Channel

Give Muhammad a Chance

Give Muhammad a Chance

Rabia Chaudry

Modern lessons on love and marriage from the founder of Islam.

Why Would I Leave Islam?

Why Would I Leave Islam?

Nancy Shehata

Thoughts on becoming, and staying, a Muslim eighteen years after conversion.

The Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation

The Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation

Dilshad Ali

A story of hope, autism, and answered prayers.

Pagan Channel

Why I Am a Devotional Polytheist

Why I Am a Devotional Polytheist

John Beckett

I have experienced Gods who are real, distinct, and individual.

Twenty-Five People Who Influenced Modern Paganism

Twenty-Five People Who Influenced Modern Paganism

Jason Mankey

A three-part series highlighting seminal influences on Paganism.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Against My Religion

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Against My Religion

Sunweaver

The myths and gods I look to don't teach that only sex between husband and wife is acceptable.

Progressive Christian Channel

Saying Grace: Paula Deen, Progressives, and Race

Saying Grace: Paula Deen, Progressives, and Race

Maria Dixon Hall

In the wake of Paula Deen's media disgrace, a Progressive Christian author calls for a new level of grace.

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The "Biblical View" That's Younger Than the Happy Meal

Fred Clark

The idea that human life begins at conception isn't nearly as old as many people think.

Mark Driscoll Apologizes and Says He's Changing His Life (and I Support Him)

Mark Driscoll Apologizes and Says He's Changing His Life (and I Support Him)

Benjamin L. Corey

Instead of further shaming Mark Driscoll, why not actually practice what Jesus taught?

Spirituality Channel

Welcoming the Spiritually Independent

Welcoming the Spiritually Independent

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

We need to understand the growing portion of Americans who identify as spiritually independent.

Intuition and the Sacred Imagination

Intuition and the Sacred Imagination

Dana Reynolds

The divine speaks to us through intuition. Creativity transforms that guidance into tangible form.

How Can You Love Others if You Can't Love Yourself?

How Can You Love Others if You Can't Love Yourself?

Sarah Moon

What depression taught me about loving self and others.

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