CHICAGO (RNS) — Asma argues that religion is an emotional survival toolbox that resides in the limbic brain, headquarters of human emotions as true as love, or grief or fear.
Author - Cathy Lynn Grossman
OJAI, Calif. (RNS) — On a recent Sunday, 12 people walked silently among resilient, reborn wildflowers and then shared their thoughts, sang and prayed in a circle of blankets under an oak tree.
Every new Mormon leader faces contemporary challenges. Astrology replaces Revelation for many millennials. FEMA money can go to flooded churches.
LDS church president Thomas Monson, 90, has died. Michelle Bachmann may run for Al Franken’s senate seat; Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer campaigned for Doug Jones.
Terrorists killed 10 people outside a Coptic Church near Cairo; President Trump favors the Christian Broadcasting Network. The Twin Cities’ Catholic archdiocese and abuse survivors ordered to continue talking.
Three bombers kill scores of Shiites in Kabul attack. Israeli official proposes a Jerusalem train stop he’d name for Donald Trump; Sioux holy man proposed for Catholic sainthood.
Israeli official proposes train stop at Western Wall. How to keep your 2018 resolution to be a good person. Construction funding under investigation as church near World Trade Center site rebuilds.
The African-American heritage holiday is underway; Pope Francis’ Christmas message cites global suffering; Christmas celebrants in India wary of Hindu extremists.
Leading evangelical women say the silence is over on sexual abuse. Obituaries revive Cardinal Law’s cover-up role in church’s sexual abuse scandal. The Archbishop of Canterbury faces a turbulent year.
African-Americans in Alabama recall Roy Moore’s opposition to integration. The biblical narrative behind evangelical views of Jerusalem. Fear of Hindu-Muslim intermarriage provokes violence.
Muslim leaders see danger in Trump’s hateful video retweets. GOP tax proposals go beyond economics to promote conservative evangelical morality. Europe has more Muslims but nowhere near a majority.
(RNS) — The president did not attend the annual American Academy of Religion meeting, but he took top billing on the scholars' agenda.
(RNS) — For Laurie Zoloth, every word and deed, from academia to social action to raising chickens in her backyard, is seen through the prism of Deuteronomy 16:18-20 — 'Justice, justice shall you pursue.'
Phyllis Schlafly was brilliant. I agreed with none of her causes or methods. But I was fascinated by the ways she deployed great intelligence, fierce determination and rhetorical talent.