Tara Isabella Burton
Did RBG beat Trump in cosmic court?
By Tara Isabella Burton — October 4, 2020
(RNS) — As social justice takes on the character of a religion proper, it requires demigods like Ginsburg. It’s a valorization that threatens to rob her, and us, of her humanity.
Yoga’s ‘father in the West’ still defining our spirituality and celebrity 100 years later
By Tara Isabella Burton — September 16, 2020
(RNS) — Pioneering a vision of wellness in which spirituality and self-help converge, Yogananda created a new model for pop spirituality.
Charles C. Camosy
Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?
By Charles C. Camosy — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.
Is Judge Barrett’s ‘kingdom of God’ different from Obama’s?
By Charles C. Camosy — September 22, 2020
(RNS) — Almost no one suggests today that Ginsburg, King and Obama were acting as theocrats when they invoked their faith in the pursuit of public policy.
Thomas Reese
In 2020, ‘nonexistent’ Catholic vote will be crucial — again
By Thomas Reese — October 29, 2020
(RNS) — It’s not who Catholics are or what they believe, but where they are and their enthusiasm for voting.
With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals
By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.
Jana Riess
Senator Mike Lee’s just one example. Mormon men still like Donald Trump.
By Jana Riess — October 29, 2020
(RNS) — Mike Lee’s fawning comment comparing Donald Trump to a Book of Mormon hero reveals a fault line among U.S. Latter-day Saints.
For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions
By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020
For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).
Jeffrey Salkin
‘Borat’ is dead serious
By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — Forget, for a moment, about the banality of evil. There is also a banality of goodness, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie finds it, despite itself.
The hidden Jewishness of the Chicago 7
By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2020
(RNS) — ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ on Netflix hints at the internal Jewish drama that played out in the trial of Abbie Hoffman and his accomplice, Jerry Rubin.
Mark Silk
The nondenominational Donald
By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.
Jewish voters edge further away from Trump
By Mark Silk — October 22, 2020
(RNS) — Republican politicians — Trump above all — have failed to grasp that Israel policy has never had much impact on the voting behavior of American Jews.
Simran Jeet Singh
How to show compassion for a president who lacks it himself
By Simran Jeet Singh — October 2, 2020
(RNS) — Many of us want to feel compassion even for a man who rarely exhibits it but feel sincerely challenged to sympathize for someone we hold responsible for profound human suffering.
How corrosive politics make us all less safe
By Simran Jeet Singh — September 25, 2020
(RNS) — As we vote on our future, America needs to draw on its diverse strengths to solve the problems that confront us all.