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50 Years After Birmingham: Reflections On and From the Black Church
We invited scholars, practitioners, teachers, and parents from diverse traditions and perspectives to share their wisdom, insights, and best practices on "How do we pass on our faith to children?"
In this series, we asked what people really believe about some of the big questions: What really happens when we die? Does prayer really make a difference? Does it really matter how we act in this life?
For centuries, Western thinkers assumed that religion would decline throughout the world as scientific ideas spread and replace "superstition" with modern, rational, secular ways of life. In recent decades, however, that assumption has faded. Across the globe, religion remains an influential force, one that impacts how we view ourselves, each other, and the world around us. As new forms of worship and belief continue to evolve in the 21st century, we asked thought leaders from a variety of religious traditions to talk about the future of religion.
From the Patheos Public Square
Since 9/11 Americans have largely accepted the idea that national security requires a trade-off between government power and freedom. However, recent revelations about the extent of government surveillance have raised serious questions about overreach, abuse of power, and the limits of democracy.
We asked a range of writers and thinkers to reflect on the past twelve months — the trends they noticed, the books or films that left an impact, the hopes they harbor for the future.
How can faith communities help alleviate poverty? What specific approaches and programs are working?
Is it time for faith leaders to tone down the activism and pull back from engaging in contentious "culture wars"?
Evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham occupies a singular place in American religion. For over seventy years, he preached to audiences large and small. He traveled the world, sat with presidents and other leaders, and urged listeners to commit to a life following Jesus Christ.
The late sociologist Robert Bellah argued that American civil religion had become an "empty and broken shell" by the turn of the twenty-first century. Is it a concept worth reviving? Would re-imagining it help us move beyond the culture wars toward greater national cohesion?
Topics featured by our Faith Channels
The New Evangelization continues the story of Fr. Barron's award-winning series, exploring the Church's mission and the challenges of contemporary culture.
Patheos invited Catholics of every age and stripe—clergy, laity, religious and even a few kids—to share their perspectives on faith and to tell us what they are gleaning and carrying away from this gift of timely focus.
In this Patheos series we called #progGOD, curator and popular theoblogger Tony Jones invited all of us to a conversation on progressive Christian theology
Contributors from around the diverse Patheos community share their stories of "Spiritual breakthroughs" in their spiritual journeys.
Patheos hosted a Blogger Challenge for our very talented writers to answer the question "Why I am a ......." in 200 words or less.
Topics from the Patheos Archive
Articles and related commentary regarding Abortion.
The Catholic Portal and Evangelical Channel at Patheos present a symposium on the future of social conservatism and the extent to which religious groups, and the tensions and synergies between them, are shaping that future.
In 2010 Patheos partnered with PBS to promote "God In America". Read from the interviews with producers, watch the video trailer and check out transcripts from the live chats.
A collection of articles on Death, specifically what some view as "good death" and what some view as "bad death".
During Election Month 2012 at Patheos, a different question was posed site-wide each week. Featured answers from our writers compiled here.
Easter, as the apex of the Christian calendar, defines what it means to be a Christian. Its historical events, ritual practices, theological interpretations, and devotional material--prepared for throughout Lent--enrich all of Holy Week, from Passion/Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday.
Does Seminary have a future?
In this Patheos symposium, leading voices at Protestant and Catholic seminaries examine the challenges and opportunities for seminaries in the years ahead.
Articles and interviews from various Olympic athletes.
Whether your calendar begins on January 1 or at another traditional time, a new year is a time to make a break, welcome change, and embrace renewal. Patheos writers and bloggers new year reflections.
Articles and related commentary regarding Interfaith Dialogue.
Traditional Christians have long observed the six weeks before Easter as a time set apart for reflection, fasting, and seeking forgiveness, but in recent years, Lent has become a highlight of the Christian calendar for believers of all kinds.
We invited a panel of experts to comment on the so-called "Mormon Moment": What does it mean for the church, its adherents, for the media, and for religion in America?
What It Is and Why It Matters Today
Articles and related commentary regarding Religion and Education.
Articles and related commentary regarding Religion and the Environment.
Articles and related commentary regarding Religion and Sports.
To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Patheos contributors are posting reflections on the day itself and the horror and hope of the aftermath.