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Southern Baptists’ abuse report is no call for reform. It’s a repudiation of the past 40 years.

By Jonathan Merritt — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Scapegoating a handful of leaders won’t bring the transformation the SBC needs.
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Kendrick Lamar’s new album reminds us that even prophets are fallible

By Andre Henry — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — His first album in five years has the Pulitzer Prize winner counting the costs of truth-telling.

What I learned when I got COVID

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — This is what ‘positive thinking’ can get you. In the midst of it all, COVID-19 became my rabbi.

Avoiding a deadlocked conclave

By Thomas Reese — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — Before he dies or retires, Pope Francis needs to make changes in the process of electing a new pope to avoid the possibility of a deadlocked conclave.

From Charleston to Pittsburgh to Buffalo, their blood cries out

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Buffalo reminds us: Jews and Blacks are allies.

With new solo album, Sonny Singh comes full circle

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Activist and musician Sonny Singh's first solo album blends politics, music and Sikh faith.

Dreher’s war, part 2

By Mark Silk — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — The second of two columns on how America’s best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

The Pulitzer winner is also the most compelling Jewish novel of the past year

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — It just won the Pulitzer for fiction. It is either a tour de force, or a tour de farce. You decide.

A new novel explores a post-pandemic religious world — in the 14th century

By Jana Riess — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Peter Manseau’s latest book examines the Black Death for clues to our cultural moment.

Why is the church failing in the West?

By Thomas Reese — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — Vocations and church attendance are down. Young people are leaving the church in droves. Why?

Is Paul Simon Jewish? Or ‘Jew-ish’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — You can take the boy out of Queens. Can you take Queens out of the boy?

Heavenly Mother, are you really there?

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — I worry that Elder Renlund's advice not to speculate about her will result in some LDS church members thinking that it’s not permissible to speak of her at all.

For Israel, hope wins over mockery

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 5, 2022
Israel's #2 song -- a hidden historical nugget.
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