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‘To those who celebrate.’ What’s up with that?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — It is a rather timid religious expression. Why do we insist on saying it?
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Mormon tithing, revisited

By Jana Riess — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — When I paid tithing to the church, the logistics of sitting down to do it might take up five minutes of my month. Now, it requires a good deal more time and consideration.

Happy New Year, it’s Advent

By Thomas Reese — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — The feast of Jesus' birth began by co-opting a pagan holiday. Today, it has been co-opted by pagan capitalism.

No, Thanksgiving is not Sukkot

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Actually, the Jewish connection is much cooler than we had thought.

For US Mormons, religiosity has declined over time, study shows

By Jana Riess — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — Mormons are still more religious than the nation as a whole, but not as devout as they used to be.

Why the Indian farmers’ protest victory is good for us all

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — The tiny difference between impossibility and implausibility can make all the difference in the world for us.

Is Josh Mandel the ‘Christian’ values candidate or the ‘Judeo-Christian’ candidate?

By Mark Silk — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — It would be more accurate to call the spiritual ideology of today's right not 'Christian Nationalism' but 'Judeo-Christian Nationalism.'

A conservative Reform rabbi dies

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — An oxymoron? No. Therein lies a heartwarming and tear-stained story.

At USCCB meeting, American bishops ignore real problems while debating minutiae

By Thomas Reese — November 18, 2021
(RNS) — The church and the world are on fire, but you would not know it watching the bishops’ meeting.

Larry David curbs his enthusiasm for Judaism

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 17, 2021
(RNS) — I wouldn't call the ADL on him. Not yet, anyway.

Michael Flynn, American theologian

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 16, 2021
(RNS) — Someone needs a basic lesson in the Constitution. That would be Michael Flynn.

Think we’re living through the Apocalypse? So did first-century Christians

By Thomas Reese — November 15, 2021
(RNS) — If the apocalyptic writers were alive today, they would no doubt draw from the imagery of nuclear war, global warming, melting ice caps, falling asteroids and pandemics.

Why was last week’s speech on LGBTQ rights ‘the most difficult’ of LDS apostle Dallin Oaks’ career?

By Jana Riess — November 15, 2021
(RNS) — Oaks is trying to chart a middle course between religious freedom and LGBTQ+ rights. But in our terribly polarized times, I doubt many Americans are capable of the compromise and civility he’s advocating.
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