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Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021

The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

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Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.

By Thomas Reese — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.

If you’re religious and supported President Trump

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Can you simultaneously believe in God and the president?

At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism

By Jana Riess — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The domestic terrorist who dangled from the Senate balcony and occupied Mike Pence’s seat is a returned missionary of the LDS Church, to our shame. But Mitt Romney, also a Mormon, showed some of the best qualities our religion is capable of.

The desecration of the House

By Mark Silk — January 8, 2021

(RNS) —The sacrilege lay not in the invasion of the Capitol but in the fact that it had been incited by the president of the United States.

If the mob’s attack on the Capitol surprised you, you weren’t paying attention

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The truth is, this is precisely who we are. White supremacy is at the foundation of this country.

Could Catholic moral theology light the way for a new GOP?

By Charles C. Camosy — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — The party is realigning around a religious, multiethnic, working-class populism, and Catholic thought could provide an ideological foundation.

How Jewish is “Ma Rainey”?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 5, 2021

The late Chadwick Boseman was amazing in “Ma Rainey.” Even more than you think.

Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2021

People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?

Georgia’s Black-Jewish campaign is the latest chapter in an old story

By Mark Silk — January 4, 2021

(RNS) — The experiences of the two communities in Atlanta have run parallel since the Civil War.

Hollywood loves the Mormon afterlife

By Jana Riess — December 31, 2020

Stories like ‘Soul,’ ‘Coco’ and ‘The Good Place’ depict core Mormon ideas that are alive in the popular imagination about the afterlife—and the “before life.”

The religious word of the year: COVIDOLOGY

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 29, 2020

Is COVID-era faith a Nehru jacket? Or a Brooks Brothers suit that simply needs a new tie?

The SBC’s critical race theory debacle

By Mark Silk — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Once the SBC sees systemic racism, it’s a slippery slope to feminism, climate change and LGBTQ rights.

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