- 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.
- Nov 28 20164 minutes
A Serial Killer In South Carolina
After Kala Brown is rescued from being chained inside a storage container for 2 months, police uncover at least 3 bodies nearby—and her murderous captor’s chilling secrets
- 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
- Aug 1 20161 minute
‘Honor Killings’ and the Murder of a Social-Media Star
TARA JOHN ON JULY 15, QANDEEL BALOCH, a Pakistani social-media star, was strangled to death by her brother for “dishonoring” the family name by being outspoken about female sexuality. So-called honor killings are widespread in Pakistan, where more t
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked In The Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
- 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
- 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
- Dec 8 20167 minutes
Glenn Beck’s Regrets
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
- 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.
- Dec 12 20161 minute
Burma’s Oppressed Muslims At Crisis Point
FELIZ SOLOMON THOUSANDS OF BURMA’S MUSLIM Rohingya are facing worsening abuses by the military after parts of western Rakhine state were placed on lockdown following an Oct. 9 attack on border police blamed on Rohingya jihadists. Amid reports of rap
- 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
- 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.
- Jan 1 201710 minutes
'He Was The Nationalist Candidate'
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy
- Jan 15 201711 minutes
Seeking An Escape From Trump’s America
Why some people are withdrawing from mainstream society into “intentional communities”—and what the rest of the country can learn from them
- 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.
- Nov 25 20163 minutes
Why Nigeria’s Shiite Conflict Is Flaring Up Again
After deadly clashes and government bans, Nigeria’s Shiite Muslim community is pushing back.
- Oct 24 201613 minutes
Trump Goes to War
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
- Nov 21 20161 minute
We Must Wage A Jihad Of Peace
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.
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
The Birth of a Nation actor on sexual assault, raising black sons and moving to Chicago with her NBA-star husband
- Jun 27 20162 minutes
On Campuses, ‘Party Culture’ No Longer Excuses Rape
EARLIER THIS MONTH, BROCK ALLEN Turner, the ex–Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a fraternity dumpster, received two sentences. The first, from the Santa Clara County Superior Court, was light: six months i
- Dec 4 20165 minutes
Death Of An Isis Ideologue
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.
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Playing For Peace
After bullets spray their streets, a group of young basketball players take action—and turn the color orange into a symbol to stop neighborhood gun deaths
- 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.
- Oct 1 20169 minutes
Ryan Smith’s Data-Driven Life Hack
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.)
- Jul 25 20162 minutes
Nightmare in America ‘This Must Stop’
After the fatal shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, a heavily armed gunman kills 5 Dallas police officers, opening racial wounds around the nation and leaving grieving loved ones desperate for answers—and peace
- Oct 24 20161 minute
America’s New Cardinals
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
- Jun 6 20163 minutes
Preacher and Outcast Lift Faith and Fear From Comics
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
- Nov 7 20162 minutes
A Leading Man Saves Hacksaw Ridge From Hackdom
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
- 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
- Jan 17 20173 minutes
A Defamation Suit Against The President-Elect
“I wanted to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to retract his false statements about me and the other women who came forward.”