Archive: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011
We wholeheartedly welcome Julia (and we are thankful to RNA also for at least keeping us in their system), but Hinduism, being the oldest and third largest religion with about one billion adherents, is much more than that and it went through lot of noteworthy issues during 2010.
By Rajan Zed | December 31, 2010; 4:54 PM ET | Comments (3)
I know it's a real downer to come out of the most joyous season of the year -- with Christmas trees, hot chocolate, and 450 billion dollars in retail spending -- and talk about kids getting killed. But for the early Christians, the slaughter that immediately followed the birth of Jesus was a detail of the Christmas story that they did not want to erase from their memory.
By Shane Claiborne | December 31, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)
Of course these situations are difficult. So are most situations in life that matter. People involved in all types of moral compromises struggle with the difficulty of their situation. But the difficulty of a situation does not determine the morality of that situation.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 30, 2010; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (33)
We ask Mayor-Elect Gray to change his inauguration plans by either cancelling his prayer service or including nontheistic citizens in the ceremony.
By Herb Silverman | December 30, 2010; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (10)
Religious leaders who made the news did not do all that much to lead or inspire people to get closer to God. At the end of the day, it felt like religious newsmakers were religious noise makers, more interested in protecting themselves than leading people to God.
By Susan K. Smith | December 30, 2010; 3:19 AM ET | Comments (35)
"It is better to lavish gifts on the poor than to feast heavily or to give presents to one's friends. For there is no greater joy than bringing gladness to the poor, the orphan, the widow, and the convert." Maimonides,...
By Erica Brown | December 29, 2010; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)
This is the beginning of the debate about Islam in America, one that did not happen after 9/11.
By Jordan Sekulow | December 29, 2010; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (13)
I'm always intrigued by the impact religion has on us, whether it's measured through a ranking of religion newsmakers or by the far more private ranking that takes place within each of us.
By Russ Gerber | December 28, 2010; 6:50 PM ET | Comments (9)
The latest top ten list issued by the Religion Newswriters Association omitted at least three groundbreaking developments in the realm of civil rights.
By Rajdeep Singh | December 28, 2010; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (3)
I encourage everyone reading this to dig deeper behind these religion stories, and wonder what questions we aren't asking these public figures who've become so important and influential in our lives.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | December 28, 2010; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (2)
If outer space aliens saw the Religion Newswriters Association's list of top religious newsmakers, they could only conclude that Earth has a pretty miserable spiritual landscape.
By Barry Lynn | December 28, 2010; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (2)
Perhaps in 2011 we can be the leaders in finding true religious inspiration behind the negative headlines. Despite all the hype, people do make justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God and each other. Now that's a religion story.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 28, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (6)
Pastor Terry Jones, the Florida-based minister who planned a public Koran burning gets my vote for the most influential American religious figure of 2010. Why? Because he showed us the limits of our fear and rage, or at least the limits of their expression.
By Brad Hirschfield | December 28, 2010; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (37)
We need more of the spirit of Cardinal John O'Connor- unafraid of the media, eager to use mass communications to present the Church's positions, and willing to engage in the battles that will inevitably result.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 28, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (54)
The role of the church in politics will continue to be debated in 2011 as evangelical Christians, especially, look for a Republican candidate who can best advance their agenda.
By Cal Thomas | December 27, 2010; 7:32 PM ET | Comments (21)
I predict in the coming year, as in past years, I will have reason to quote the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg: "With or without religion, good people will do good things and bad people will do bad things. But for good people to do bad things--that takes religion."
By Herb Silverman | December 27, 2010; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (14)
If Imam Rauf, who plans to deliver many talks around the nation next year, can help bring some honesty to bear on this discussion, he would become a bigger story than the controversy over the mosque.
By Susan Jacoby | December 27, 2010; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (49)
Why is it that we look to the "high and mighty" as the "newsmakers," as the ones who have had the most impact on the world? Isn't the lesson of this season one of the weak overcoming the strong?
By Max Carter | December 27, 2010; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (6)