Opinion

The 2020 election’s most crucial faith group is one you’ve never heard of

By Ryan Burge — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — The ‘nothing in particulars,’ a subset of the famous nones, have grown to become 20% of the U.S. over the past decade, even as their political allegiances have shifted dramatically.

Suicide, complicated grief and the hidden darkness of the heart

By Jana Riess — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Do we ever truly know people?

Rihanna’s hadith fashion show moment has some asking: Is Islam too sacred for art?

By Dilshad Ali — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Other faiths have all seen their texts and imagery used and abused by art and fashion. Islam and Muslims still enjoy — and expect — a bit more protection.

How to make our politics better: Pray first, says a Jesuit guide

By Thomas Reese — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The kind of prayer recommended by a new pamphlet on civic engagement is the kind that helps us listen, detached from our own preconceptions and prejudices.

COVID Judaism is now competitive religion

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The danger of online worship is that the individual worshipper abandons his or her own community and becomes a browser via the browser for spiritual audiovisual experiences.

How will the post-pandemic church pay the bills?

By Jonathan Merritt — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The pandemic may accelerate a long-term decline in congregational giving and force churches to develop new sources of revenue to survive.

10 years after Elder Packer’s anti-LGBTQ talk, have Mormons turned the corner on gay rights?

By Jana Riess — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve certainly come a long way since 2010, but it remains to be seen if the LDS church charted a new course on LGBT issues.

Indigenous Peoples Day comes amid a reckoning over colonialism and calls for return of Native land

By Abel R. Gomez — October 12, 2020

(The Conversation) — As Americans reckon with legacies of racism and colonialism, many Indigenous nations are call the return of ancestral lands, often the center of their spiritual life.

White Catholics could be key to a Biden victory

By Mark Silk — October 11, 2020

(RNS) — For Biden, the swing shown in a new poll has everything to do with reconstructing the ‘blue wall’ that collapsed in 2016.

Barrett hearings will play into Trump’s hopes to claim Catholic high ground

By John Gehring — October 9, 2020

(RNS) — Democrats will walk right into a trap set for them by conservatives if they make her faith the centerpiece of these hearings.

Rattled by Trump’s COVID? Try the Bible’s anti-anxiety treatment

By Max Lucado — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve had a lot of fear the last few months. Take a lesson from the biblical King Jehoshaphat.

The difference between heroes and martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson — October 8, 2020

(Sightings) — When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant.

How did Mormons become so Republican?

By Jana Riess — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — What explains more than a half-century of ruby-red Republicanism in the Mormon-dominated state of Utah? How did Latter-day Saints become so Republican in the first place? A new book about Ezra Taft Benson sheds some light.

Election checklist: Five ways Catholic parishes can keep politics out of church

By Thomas Reese — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — Most Catholics don’t want politics to divide their parishes, but the wise pastor will prepare for the worst.

Are Democrats ‘spiritual’ and Republicans ‘religious’? It’s not that simple.

By Ryan Burge — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — A new survey suggests that the ‘God gap’ may actually be better defined as a spirituality gap. But there is plenty of room on both sides for peace, inspiration and love.

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