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November 02, 2018
Most “Nones” (& Lots of Christians) Believe in New Age Religion
The growing number of "Nones," those who profess no religion, makes many observers assume that...
October 26, 2018
The Chapel of Contemporary Spirituality
When I was in Houston last week, my brother and I also visited the Rothko...
October 18, 2018
The UK Supreme Court Rules for Its Christian Bakers
Great Britain has its own Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake in support...
September 27, 2018
Yoga in Public Schools
The Atlantic has an article about the growing use of yoga in the curriculum of public...
September 25, 2018
The Middle Ages Were the Age of Reason; Ours Is the Age of Faith
I enjoy it when conventional wisdom gets turned upside down. A good example appeared in...
September 18, 2018
How Religious Are You?
Pew Research has come up with a different way of classifying American religion. Instead of...
August 09, 2018
What China Is Doing to Religion
It's one thing for a government to ban religion and to persecute religion. That's what...
August 01, 2018
Is Religious Liberty for Religions or Individuals?
One of the participants in the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was Callista Gingrich (wife...
July 31, 2018
The Potomac Declaration on Religious Freedom
The Trump administration on July 24-26 convened a major diplomatic symposium on religious freedom. Eighty...
July 30, 2018
In Defense of Proselytizing
Fellow Patheos blogger Mark Driscoll has written a long and thoughtful post on the teaching...
July 20, 2018
Benevolence vs. Fundamentalism
We blogged about Dan Hitchens' article on politicians who parade their Catholic identity while also...
July 17, 2018
Embracing Religious Identity while Rejecting the Religion’s Teachings
Today politicians in the U.S. and Europe are proudly trumpeting their Catholic identity, even as they...
July 16, 2018
Facebook and Religion
Trevor Sutton, a pastor and the co-author with me of Authentic Christianity, has been studying...
June 25, 2018
Myth vs. Parable: A Religious Awakening of Paganism?
David Brooks in the New York Times offers an interesting contrast between "myth" and "parable,"...
June 22, 2018
Surprises from the LGBTQ Study
A study of Americans who identify as part of the LGBTQ community reveals some surprises,...
June 19, 2018
The View That Everybody Goes to Heaven
We don't hear much today about Hell or the prospect of eternal punishment, do we? ...
June 15, 2018
“Nones” Have Religious Beliefs, but No Community
Of the 23% of Americans who are "nones," claiming no religious affiliation, a great many...
June 12, 2018
The Difficulty of Defining Religion
Australia is working through how to guarantee the freedom of religion in light of their...
June 06, 2018
Work as Religion
For many people, work is their religion. Their work gives meaning to their lives, establishes...
June 04, 2018
Christianity without Redemption or Forgiveness
We have blogged about how intersectionality--the fellowship of all of the oppressed under the unity...
June 03, 2018
A New Crowd-based Religion
Religion has its beliefs, but it also has a social dimension, with governance, organization, finance,...
June 01, 2018
Marcionites Then and Now
Fellow Patheos blogger Tom Hobson, a Presbyterian pastor with a doctorate from Concordia Seminary, has...
May 31, 2018
Designing Rituals for Secularists
Human beings seem to have a need for rituals at some level. Religions are traditionally...
May 17, 2018
Are Evangelicals Now Dwindling Like Mainline Liberals?
According to a new study, the number of white evangelicals is dropping precipitously, to the...
May 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
April 27, 2018
“God of the Bible” or “A Higher Power”?
"I believe in God." That sounds like a straightforward statement. But what God do you...
April 26, 2018
Is Being “Spiritual” as Beneficial as Being “Religious”?
An increasing number of Americans say that they are "spiritual but not religious." That is,...
April 25, 2018
Is Liberal Democracy Diminishing or Intruding Where It Doesn’t Belong?
What's happening to American freedom and democracy? Is it in danger? Is it thriving? Or...
March 23, 2018
Nietzsche’s Critique of the New Atheists
Traditional atheists argue that God does not exist. The "new atheists" employ a moral argument...
March 22, 2018
Marriage, Living Together, Divorce Statistics–by Denomination
The Pew Research Center has released a study of marital status in U.S. religious groups. It...
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