Archive: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010
It is imperative to encourage a multi-faith education, not merely philosophical or academic but one that results in a broader understanding of society.
By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | October 1, 2010; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (6)
Life is getting complex and distractions are mounting, so religion appears to be slipping away from the priority list of many.
By Rajan Zed | October 1, 2010; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)
As odd as it is to say such a thing, professed atheists tend to be passionate "non-believers." I wish everyone who calls himself "Catholic" would be as passionate.
By Danielle Bean | October 1, 2010; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (16)
By Jordan Sekulow The Middle East is the center of three Abrahamic faiths -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Over the centuries, conflicts have arisen between the people of these faiths, often violent. Separating out the element of faith -- religious...
By Jordan Sekulow | September 30, 2010; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (32)
A muted judgement --that many will embrace as the road map to peace --the final order was a simple compromise: That the land should be divided equally between Hindu and Muslim plaintiffs so that Hindus could rebuild their temple and Muslims their mosque.
By Aseem Shukla | September 30, 2010; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (94)
The meaning of religion is not the ability to regurgitate facts, the meaning of religion is the ability to enter into an I-Thou relationship with the Divine and with the world around us.
By Valerie Elverton Dixon | September 30, 2010; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (9)
Illiteracy has consequences. Academic illiteracy dulls a society's future; religious illiteracy stunts pluralism that is the cornerstone of a multi-religious society. And the nightmare scenario is with us today: witness the recent spate of violence against Muslims, Siikhs and Hindus.
By Aseem Shukla | September 30, 2010; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (18)
The Pew survey, while not worthless, is easy to overvalue in that it is a product of the rational mind, which in the West is, among the ways of knowing, overvalued.
By Willis E. Elliott | September 29, 2010; 11:31 PM ET | Comments (23)
To be fair, active atheists and agnostics like Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris (both of Jewish descent) present in fact quite the opposite of Jon Stewarts antics, indeed taking their studies of G-d very seriously.
By Shmully Hecht | September 29, 2010; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (47)
Pew has released a study that shows if the average atheist and the average theist appear on religious Jeopardy, the theist is in trouble. However, wisdom and understanding are different from "just the facts." It is good to know facts, but that doesn't mean you get it.
By John Mark Reynolds | September 29, 2010; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (67)
Lack of knowledge who the other keeps us bound by fear and ignorance, which are the fuel for hatred.
By Susan K. Smith | September 29, 2010; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)
Knowing about something isn't the same thing as experiencing it.
By Michael Otterson | September 29, 2010; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (24)
The decline in religious literacy may be symptomatic of other declines, but no less sad for that. Judaism elevates the ideal of study; indeed it is probably the only religious tradition that envisages God studying. A rabbinic legend has it that in heaven the blessed sit around God and study together.
By David Wolpe | September 28, 2010; 7:02 PM ET | Comments (6)
"God helps those who help themselves" has long been one of those sayings misinformed people think is in the Bible. Sadly, too many people who claim to believe in God think it is part of Scripture. Their ignorance about such ultimate issues is exposed in the latest survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
By Cal Thomas | September 28, 2010; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (6)
Having faith in faith, as Eisenhower promoted, can be quite dangerous.
By Herb Silverman | September 28, 2010; 6:15 PM ET | Comments (17)
Nearly everyone in America today understands the value and importance of education, but far too few of us understand the value and importance of studying about religion using a scholarly approach
By Ramdas Lamb | September 28, 2010; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (3)
Research suggests that conversions from religion to atheism are disproportionately likely to be largely cognitive in nature, while conversions from atheism to religion tend to be more emotional. In addition, as adherents of an often-unpopular worldview, atheists and agnostics are frequently challenged to defend their position.
By Tom Flynn | September 28, 2010; 5:42 PM ET | Comments (16)
Over the years, I have come to believe that the study of religion is a way to seek God, though not always to find God. Of course, I include agnosticism and atheism as part of the uniquely human search for God that sometimes, even for a life-time, entails silence and not communion. It is all one journey.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | September 28, 2010; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (8)
Given that we share a similar level of religious literacy--and given also that I don't believe most of the same things they don't believe--nowadays I find myself wondering, what is my argument with atheists supposed to be?
By Clark Strand | September 28, 2010; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (4)
Since I am a professor of religious studies, my default position is always to emphasize the importance of religious literacy--after all, my livelihood depends on it. For me, the real issue is that there are different ways to "know religion."
By Mathew N. Schmalz | September 28, 2010; 3:58 PM ET | Comments (23)
Limiting knowledge of and inquiry into other religious traditions - or into all fields of knowledge, for that matter - limits our understanding of G-d.
By Max Carter | September 28, 2010; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (4)