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Trump's election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
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
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
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
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith
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.
The Hollywood left is flawed and eminently mockable, but the backlash against Meryl Streep is misplaced.
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy
Why some people are withdrawing from mainstream society into “intentional communities”—and what the rest of the country can learn from them
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
THE CALL TO GATHER WENT OUT SUNDAY MORNING, arriving on cell phones before many of the pastors had left their congregations. These 23 men and three women, all members of Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council, had long ago signed on to pray for
QASIM RASHID One of the high marks of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad taught is that loyalty to your country is part of your faith. I can sympathize with the anger and fear that many have: I’m a person of color; I’m a Muslim; I have young children.
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda would be where they are today without Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir, who was recently killed in an American airstrike.
How do you juggle a growing family and a rocket-fueled tech company? If you’re QUALTRICS founder RYAN SMITH, you analyze every minute of your time at work and at home. (Your reward: more time at home.)
Tara John Pope Francis recently named 17 new Cardinals, including three Americans, who will serve as his primary advisers after their Nov. 19 induction. Like Francis, the trio come from the church’s progressive wing, having spoken for immigrants, wo
IN A DUSTY, RUN-DOWN CHURCH IN TINY ANNVILLE, Texas, a man of the cloth named Jesse Custer tells his flock the world is falling apart: “And you know what? It’s all your fault. You’ve turned your back on the Lord. Your despair has caused you to lose f
MEL GIBSON MAY NOT ALWAYS BE A good director, but he’s never a stupid one. Hacksaw Ridge, his fifth feature, is blunt and effective, a picture cannily crafted for maximum effect. Whatever subtlety appears onscreen comes from its anchor performance by
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
What you said about ... LATE NIGHT POLITICS Comedians like Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers have brought late-night TV a long way, “from Carson, when I was a kid, to nowadays, [when it’s] really sharp and really partisan,” said MSNBC’s Kate
How the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America’s evangelical base
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.
THE PATTERN IS TRAGICALLY FAMILIAR: A TROUBLED person with a criminal past attacks in the name of ISIS. San Bernardino, Calif.; Orlando; and perhaps now Nice, France. They are not ISIS, exactly, but ISIS-ish—men and women who have no organizational t
ANDREW SULLIVAN THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, I heard no specific policy proposals to tackle clearly stated public problems. It is almost as if governing, for the Republican right, is fundamentally about an attitude, rather than about experience or practical
THEY LOVE MAKEUP, SCHOOL, HORSES AND SHOPPING, BUT THESE 3 CHILDHOOD BEST FRIENDS ALSO SHARE A MORE UNUSUAL HOBBY: FIGHTING DEMONS
LEPROSY JUST DOESN’T HAVE THE cachet it used to. In the 1925 and 1959 film versions of Ben-Hur—as well as in the novel on which they’re based, Lew Wallace’s stalwart 1880 epic Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ—the mother and sister of Jewish nobleman Jud
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
With visits to one of Greece’s holiest places, the Russian President casts himself as protector of the faith
A look ahead to some of the major global anniversaries in the coming year
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