Archive: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009
The ARIS data do not support the notion that there has been a significant decline in the last several years in the proportion of Christians in the United States.
By Thomas G. Bohlin | March 20, 2009; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (8)
The problem with religion is that each system claims it has captured ultimate truth in its own propositional creeds and organizational structures, so that when those things fade or die great anxiety is loosed.
By John Shelby Spong | March 20, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (78)
True religious faith has every right to feel relieved that the civil religion we Americans call true religion is diminishing.
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | March 19, 2009; 9:14 PM ET | Comments (22)
Are people becoming less interested in understanding their relationship to God? Or are they becoming less interested in hearing someone else tell them what their relationship to God should be?
By Phil Davis | March 19, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (112)
The post-prosperity American mood is to call yourself nothing, identify yourself with no institutions political, religious, or cultural.
By Willis E. Elliott | March 19, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (23)
People are being killed in India today because of misreadings of the history of the Hindus.
By Wendy Doniger | March 19, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (49)
We are in a time of spiritual flux, and if the churches are the losers in that shift, they might want to pay more attention to the winners, the millions of people who want the fruits of spiritual seeking with an open mind instead of closed dogma.
By Deepak Chopra | March 18, 2009; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (21)
Saying 'no' to your parents' religion, or to all religion as currently defined, does not necessarily mean saying 'no' to faith and/or to God.
By Brad Hirschfield | March 18, 2009; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (16)
When Christian Means Intolerant, The Tolerant Reject the Label Christian.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | March 18, 2009; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (10)
Religion does a good job of turning people off and away from God.
By Susan K. Smith | March 18, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (6)
Religion will remain a part of society as long as it is relevant and as long as the human soul seeks for understanding of something bigger than itself.
By Michael Otterson | March 18, 2009; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (39)
It shows serious Bible-believing Christians increasing, both in the evangelical and Catholic traditions, while mainline liberals continue their long decline. This is a process the church has repeated every century.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | March 18, 2009; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (24)
Wiccans, Pagans and practitioners of Goddess religion have no organized authority to pronounce on moral issues.
By Starhawk | March 18, 2009; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (2)
The difficulty in trying to count "the church" or numbers of people according to denominational and other categories comes when we apply visible tactics to what is essentially invisible.
By Cal Thomas | March 18, 2009; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (11)
People who describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious" are like people who say they place great importance on reading but never go to the library, buy a book, or read a book online.
By Susan Jacoby | March 18, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (253)
I believe that faith -- or religion, or spirituality, or whatever one might call it -- will always be a part of the human condition. It will not disappear, but is being redefined and renewed to meet the needs of an emerging global society.
By Kenneth E. Bowers | March 17, 2009; 9:01 PM ET | Comments (10)
America is indeed losing faith, and there are three principle reasons: extremism, science and social science.
By David Wolpe | March 17, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (25)
Populist anger is moral and right. The main problem isn't economic collapse, it's a warping of values.
By Deepak Chopra | March 17, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (55)
Some observe that religious taste has become fashion--changeable according to the season or to the whims of personal taste. Others argue that lack of fashion sense is the problem, especially given the drab social garb preferred by many Protestant and Catholic denominations.
By Mathew N. Schmalz | March 17, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
President Obama, through presidential fiat, decided experimenting on potential human beings will expand. Without study and by proclamation, the President has created a monstrous policy that has no precedent in American history.
By John Mark Reynolds | March 17, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (2)