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Is American atheism heading for a schism?

A new movement, Atheism+, has prompted non-believers to spit venom at one another rather than at true believers

In the passionate world of American atheism, the venom usually directed at believers has now been turned against the wrong kind of atheists. The cause of this freethinking furore? A new movement called Atheism+. According to its website, …

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Who’s delivering prayers at the DNC

Tuesday’s invocation (opening prayer): Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit Tuesday’s benediction (closing prayer): Jena Lee Nardella, executive director of Blood: Water Mission Wednesday’s invocation: Vashti Murphy McKenzie, presiding bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday’s …

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Muslims From Abroad Are Thriving in Catholic Colleges

DAYTON, Ohio — Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity. At any of the countless secular universities she might have …

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A Tower of Babble

Giving Voice to Intolerance in an Age of Pluralism

The back story to the Tower of Babel myth is that the orignial plans called for anything but babble. But where once humankind may have all spoken the same language with one unifying plan to build a place all could dwell and abide one another, it has long since ever been the case. “We live in a pluri-verse, not a uni-verse,” says Raimon Panikkar. Ours is a pluralistic age in which we have many different and opposing – even sometimes mutually incompatible — worldviews that threaten planetary human coexistence. In the midst of such chaos and confusion, how can we tolerate each other’s differences? Or, some might ask, should we even try? I consider myself a very tolerant person! The only people I cannot abide are ignorant and intolerant bigots! Does that make me intolerant as well, or merely principled? What would constitute a forbearance of principled intolerance, with a leniency of spirit? Here’s John Bennison’s latest Commentary from Words and Ways.

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Priest who found love now searches for work

WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) While burning through their savings looking for jobs, Gerry Murphy and Andrea Kanelopoulos-Murphy and their two young children were invited by a local businessman to stay in his condo this summer until they found …

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RNC Takes America to Church, Mormon Style, as Rank-and-File LDS Step Up

Thursday night, the Republican National Convention took America to church—Mormon style. And Mitt Romney had nothing to do with it. After eighteen months of fastidiously avoiding the issue of religion—a strategy that at times conveyed the unfortunate …

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: moving beyond the Ground Zero mosque

(RNS) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent most of his adult life trying to build interfaith and international bridges. But to many Americans, he is the public face of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” one of the …

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The World is our Cloister – A Guide to the Modern Religious Life

The World is our Cloister is about the new religious life: a life to which a Protestant, Catholic, Hindu or those with no label can relate. It is a guide to living the devotional life, not behind the walls of a monastery, but in the world.

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The Apocalypse of the Teacher (The Book of the Great Divide)

(J.H. Marten is the pseudonym of a writer and educator based in the United States. Marten can be reached at jhmarten@outlook.com.)

“I didn’t say I created all that there is, and I didn’t say I was anything. That is what you say about me,” the voice said. “I am mystery and I am absence. There is no power to create in mystery and absence. There is power only in understanding the boundaries between knowledge and mystery, between presence and absence.”

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Prayer for those in need

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers this simple prayer for others

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Ad Campaign Calls on Christians to ‘Love Your Neighbors’ of All Faiths

In early August, a mosque in Joplin, Mo., burned to the ground. It was the second fire that damaged the facility this summer — the first, determined to be arson. In light of this attack and others like …

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NYPD: Muslim Spying Led To No Leads, Terror Cases

NEW YORK — In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the …

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Moody Cow Learns Compassion

We are reintroduced to Peter (aka Moody Cow) and meet his mischievous “boys-will-be-boys” friend Bully. Along the way we meet a snake named Jaws, who also goes on to appear in Peter’s terrifying dreams, and watch as Bully revels in the deaths of the crickets he feeds the snake.

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It’s a … It’s a … It’s a Mitzvah

This lively picture book for children ages 3 6 is filled with amiable animals who, through their actions, demonstrate age-appropriate mitzvot, including welcoming new friends, forgiving mistakes, respecting elders and sharing food with the hungry.

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Does megachurch ‘high’ explain their success?

(RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry …

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