Religion Remixed

Secular saints, folk saints and plain old celebrities

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 31, 2019

(RNS) — A Martin Luther King Jr., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Anna Nicole Smith may also carry many Americans’ desire for a radical reframing of our collective values.

If God is dead, is it OK if we save ourselves?

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 22, 2019

(RNS) — The rash of ‘new utopian’ groups isn’t just about the collapse of traditional religion. It’s about putting our faith in human self-improvement.

The spirituality hiding in our self-help New Year’s resolutions

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 11, 2019

(RNS) — In the rhetoric of self-improvement, ridding ourselves of the old year’s bad energy is a matter of social, physical and emotional health. But the notion is loaded with spiritual significance.

From ‘cafeteria Catholics’ to New Age nones, religion is getting personal

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 2, 2019

(RNS) — It makes perfect sense that we would curate our religious self-conceptions the same way we silo ourselves on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

‘Hacking the good’ from religion at a secular solstice

By Tara Isabella Burton — December 20, 2018

(RNS) — A secular solstice celebration in wintertime is not for everyone. But attending one of these rituals for the religiously unaffiliated helps define our own ideas of ‘sacred’ and ‘profane.’

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