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- 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.
- Jan 27 20171 minute
Why Pascal’s Wager Is Eminently Modern
On the evening of November 23rd, 1654, the brilliant polymath Blaise Pascal was thrown from his horse-drawn carriage, the creatures having been frightened by a thunderstorm. The horses fell off the bridge they had been crossing into the turbulent riv
- 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 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
- Jun 13 201311 minutes
The Hidden God: One man’s path to knowing less about God.
David Friedman moved from Denver to the Israeli city of Safed in 1979 to live as a Haredi, or ultra Orthodox Jew. At 29, he and his wife Miriam already had four children. He enrolled at a yeshiva where he drew a salary to study Talmud. It seemed like
- Feb 3 20176 minutes
Is AI a Threat to Christianity?
Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.
- 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
- Feb 14 20174 minutes
What The Young Pope Preached About Love
The first season of HBO’s Vatican dramedy portrayed a journey from amplifying suffering to easing it.
- 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
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Audrey Shi YOU’LL BE hard-pressed to find a churchgoer who carries a Bible to Church at the Springs on Sundays—and lead pastor Ron Sylvia doesn’t mind. At “the Springs,” as it’s known—a multisite church based in Ocala, Fla.—most of its 3,000 or so
- Aug 23 20163 minutes
The Uncanny Symbiosis of Modern Religion and Sports
There is a church in Argentina called Iglesia Maradona. In this church, God is football—soccer—and its prophet is the renowned player Diego Armando Maradona. Founded in 1998, the year after the star’s retirement, the Church of Iglesia Maradona now ha
- Nov 7 20161 minute
SAM LANSKY The American-British actor, 33, stars as conscientious objector Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, out Nov. 4 (see review, left); next, on Dec. 23, he’ll appear alongside Liam Neeson and Adam Driver in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, about 17th ce