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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
Fidel Castro banned religion when he first took over but in recent years the regime has been more tolerant.
Trump's election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
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
The U.S. is becoming more diverse in terms of faith, but its legislature isn’t. A major reason? Non-religious Americans' voting rates.
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
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy
Emily Witt went to San Francisco to see if internet culture had ruined love.
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith
SHE SAYS THEIR AFFAIR WAS LOVE. HE SAYS IT WAS JUST SEX
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.
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
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.
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.
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
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
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
FOR ALMOST THREE DECADES AS A RADIO NEWSCASTER in Victoria, British Columbia, Sheila Gardner fielded countless comments from male listeners—not about stories but about syntax. They’d call up, night after night, anytime they detected anything that sou
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
THERE ARE MANY WAYS IN WHICH celebrities are not like us, from the clothes they wear to the jets they fly. And when Angelina Jolie, one of the world’s most famous women, filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, one of the world’s most famous men, she did so
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
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
ON JANUARY 20, 2015, President Obama said the word transgender in his State of the Union address. It was only a word—but given that Ronald Reagan refused even to say the word aids publicly until 1985 because he was so disgusted by sexual diversity, t
Suze Yalof Schwartz has modernized meditation with Unplug.
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.)
JP: I’ve been the pastor here for 20 years. When I came, it was a “don’t ask, don’t tell” church. Then, one by one, longtime members would share their sexuality. That, more than any magic verse in the Bible, began to make it more possible for us to h
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
How the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America’s evangelical base
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