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The Spirituality of Children

Many believe children have an innate spirituality that defies religious categories. Their questions and confidences seem to imply an awareness of the ineffable in ways that adults have tuned out. How can we understand this in light of our own traditions? What can children teach us about the world and the possibility of the divine?

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Previously in the Public Square

The Urgency of Compassion

Tomorrow is indeed today. This history of the past must not only inspire us but inform us.

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.

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.

Faithful Democrats

Slamming the Door on the Syrian Stranger

(Reposted with permission from author) “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” George W. Bush I understand [Read More...]

Science On Religion

In which I am interviewed for a Vlog

Two gripping video interviews by the Religion for Breakfast vlog about computer simulation and religion. Also Mormons.

Religion Now

Poland’s Battle Between Theocracy and Secular Democracy

By Beth Holmgren, Duke University.     In early April, the Middle Ages engaged in an unusual skirmish with the 21st century in cities across Poland. During a Sunday mass in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, priests read their congregations a letter from the Polish Episcopate calling for an unconditional ban on abortion. Scores of women [Read More...]

Religion Q&A

Will Catholicism admit women deacons to the clergy ranks?

THE QUESTION: What are the reasons the Catholic Church might, or might not, ordain women in the clerical rank of deacon? (Almost all Q and A topics are posted by our online audience, but The Guy decided to pose this timely question himself.) THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: Catholicism’s long-simmering discussion about whether to ordain women [Read More...]