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- Dec 29 20167 minutes
Democrats Have a Religion Problem
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith
- Dec 5 20167 minutes
Are Jews White?
Trump's election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
- Jan 27 201712 minutes
Betsy Devos Is Coming For Your Public Schools
Betsy DeVos has worked to undermine Michigan's public schools, according to her critics. Is she ready to lead the nation's education department?
- Dec 11 20164 minutes
Trump Is Bringing Progressive Protestants Back To Church
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
- Dec 21 20165 minutes
Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into Art
Rarely do mainstream films treat religious questions with seriousness and specificity. Silence, a movie about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, shows what that can look like.
- Oct 2 201625 minutes
I Used to Be a Human Being
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
- Nov 29 20166 minutes
How Will Our Religions Handle the Discovery of Alien Life?
What would your priest, rabbi, or imam say if we discovered alien life?For the religious, knowing that life on Earth is not unique may demand radical new ways of thinking about ourselves: How special and sacred are we? Is Earth a privileged place? Do
- Sep 19 201616 minutes
This Spring He Gave Birth to His First Child
My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby.
- Feb 3 20176 minutes
Is AI a Threat to Christianity?
Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.
- Jun 13 20161 minute
How Islam is Different From Other Religions
WE WANT TO BELIEVE WE’RE ALL BASICALLY the same and want the same things, but what if we’re not? Islam, in both theory and practice, is exceptional in how it relates to politics. Because of its outsize role in law and governance, Islam has been—and
- Feb 6 20177 minutes
Before Straight and Gay
The discreet, disorienting passions of the Victorian era
- Jun 13 20169 minutes
Trump’s God Machine
How the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America’s evangelical base
- Feb 23 20164 minutes
Why Are So Many Animals Homosexual?
Few creatures can boast of devotions so deep as greylag geese. Most are monogamous; many spend their decade-long adult lives with the same goose, side-by-side in constant communication, taking another partner only if the first should die. It’s a rema
- Jan 23 20172 minutes
One Man, Many Wives, Full House
LILY ROTHMAN WHEN A GROUP OF SALT LAKE CITY women drew national media coverage in the 1870s for speaking out in support of what they called plural marriage, the idea of polygamy wasn’t the only thing that shocked observers. Some wondered how women w
- Sep 26 20163 minutes
The Pastor Who Prays With Trump
DONALD TRUMP’S SON ERIC WAS GLOWING when he sat down at a Cleveland restaurant next to Orlando pastor Paula White. “Your prayer did it, Paula,” Eric told her. The younger Trump’s teleprompter had broken the night before as he prepared to address the
- Jan 6 20175 minutes
Silence Is Easier to Admire Than to Love
Martin Scorsese’s new film about Christian missionaries in 17th-century Japan is a powerful work that is in part undone by the director’s own passion.
- Sep 26 20163 minutes
My Life as a ‘None’ and Other Tales from the Ranks of the Unaffiliated and the Agnostic
LIKE A LOT OF WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, I’VE TAKEN UP yoga. And because I don’t go halfway on my clichés, I’ve done immersion yoga weekends, learned the Sanskrit names for various ways of being upside down and at least once referred to “my practice.” S
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why White Evangelicals Are Feeling Hopeful About Trump
They’re worried about poverty, hunger, drug addiction, and the “softness” of the country. And they’ve got high expectations for their president.
- Jan 27 20175 minutes
Where Christian Leaders Stand on Trump's Refugee Policy
Many religious groups have urged the president not to give Christians priority in seeking asylum, but some conservative political organizations back his new ban on refugees.
- Dec 7 201610 minutes
The Foreign Policy Milestones Of 2017
A look ahead to some of the major global anniversaries in the coming year
- Jun 27 20162 minutes
The Gay Bar as Safe Space Has Been Shattered
IF OMAR MATEEN SOUGHT NOT MERELY TO END LIVES BUT also to sow terror in the LGBT community, he couldn’t have chosen a more apt target. For decades, gay bars have functioned not merely as watering holes but as community centers. They are—or were, unti
- Oct 3 20161 minute
Of Maladies and Miracles
SARAH BEGLEY IN HER NEW NOVEL THE Wonder, Emma Donoghue (Room) again tells the story of a woman struggling to protect a vulnerable child. Anna O’Donnell is a Catholic girl in 1850s Ireland who has not eaten since her 11th birthday, four months befor
- Feb 2 20173 minutes
Donald Trump Declares a Vision of Religious Nationalism
At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, the president focused on the violent, ideological threats to America.
- Oct 28 20162 minutes
Experts Suspect New Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Are Fake
One fragment references the two strongest condemnations of homosexuality in the Bible—such a coincidence could be a flag of fakery.
- Jan 10 20174 minutes
The Absurdity of Attacking Celebrities to Defend Donald Trump
The Hollywood left is flawed and eminently mockable, but the backlash against Meryl Streep is misplaced.
- Dec 8 20167 minutes
Glenn Beck’s Regrets
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
- Feb 11 201711 minutes
These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences
People working in ministry, music, and nonprofit advocacy are facing pressure for their political beliefs.
- Mar 10 201611 minutes
How the Mormons Conquered America: The success of the Mormon religion is a study in social adaptation.
At the end of the smash Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, the protagonist, Elder Price, a zealous young Mormon missionary in Uganda, triumphantly sings, “We are still Latter day Saints, all of us / Even if we change some things, or we break the r
- Dec 15 201614 minutes
A Prescription for Awe: In the debate between religion and science, wonder is what the doctor ordered.
Heads down, we plodded along a coastal path into an almost gale-force wind that came howling straight up the English Channel, driving the rain into our faces and making it hard to steal more than an occasional glance ahead of us to the west. Somewher
- Jan 1 201710 minutes
'He Was the Nationalist Candidate'
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy