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Is God good for America? Depends whom you ask.

By Ryan Burge — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — Most Americans see religion as good for society. Those on the extremes disagree.
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MLK’s family, Rev. Al Sharpton address voting rights, filibuster at Washington march

By Adelle M. Banks — August 28, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Rev. Al Sharpton contrasted the Aug. 28 march to the Jan. 6 insurrection: ‘We are the real patriots showing America how to be at its best.’

‘I kept putting God in too small of a box’: Five clergy on their unexpected callings

By Renée Roden — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — For some, following a call to minister has meant going to the margins.

Tom Flynn, Free Inquiry editor, author and secular humanist leader, dies at 66

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — A prolific writer, Flynn was known for his passion for big ideas and his sense of humor.

For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) —  A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.

Ex-Muslims in India find solidarity online as they face social and familial rejection

By Bhavya Dore — August 10, 2021
MUMBAI, India (RNS) — ‘We needed a place to belong, a safe space to be ourselves.’ Ex-Muslims are driven by a particular need to articulate their disentanglement from their religion and not simply turn atheist.

So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Five pieces of advice from the pros

By Renée Roden — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — Chances are increasingly likely if you attend the wedding of a couple under 30 years old, their officiant won’t be a person of the cloth but someone who’s close to the couple.

‘The last time we had a communication shift this drastic was the printing press’

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
'In 2020, in a global pandemic, seemed like a great time to start a church with no budget and no building,' said Baker with a laugh.

Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Deconstructing the faith of one's childhood can be a lonely undertaking. For many of these church exiles, TikTok has filled the gap.

Three of the most mistranslated words in Scripture — according to TikTokers

By Renée Roden — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Explaining the nitty-gritty details of ancient Greek and Hebrew may not seem like viral content, but on TikTok, it’s algorithm fire.

Americans are as divided as ever, and religion is the wedge

By Mark Silk — July 2, 2021
That's a critical take-away from the latest report from the Pew Research Center.

Dr. Anthony Fauci named 2021 Humanist of the Year

By Kathryn Post — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — The American Humanist Association awarded the honor to Fauci for embodying humanist values in the global fight against COVID-19.

RNS News Quiz: Pastor scandals and televangelist lawsuits

By Emily Churchill — June 26, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.
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