Why We Lie About Going to Church, Satanists Fight for Secularism, and...
Answer: saying you dont is still a taboo in America. Also, the early Jesuits who tried to ban calculus, and we go inside a denominational squabble in Satanism.
Understanding Boko Haram, The Beer Drinker's Guide to God, and More
The extremist theology fueling one of the most violent terrorist groups in the world. Also, is mindfulness meditation becoming just another health practice? And we meet Father Bill Miller, priest and bar owner.
Supreme Court Rules on Prayer, The Living Goddesses of Nepal, and More
Now you can start a government meeting with a Christian prayer - or any sectarian prayer. Two sides debate the Supreme Court ruling. And why one of the most revered people in Nepal is a 7-year-old girl.
Hidden Religious Messages in WWI; The Moral Brain, and More
WWI as a holy war: from soldier sightings of angels on the battlefield, to propaganda about the looming apocalypse. And a Harvard psychologist explains the us vs. them problem.
How to Become a Catholic Saint, Buddhism Meets Econ 101, and More
The lightening-speed canonization of two popes at the same time; why the sainthood requirements include proof of two miracles; and a new class at Berkeley called Buddhist Economics
The Passover Eve Shootings, Poking Fun at Religion in The New Yorker,...
After the Kansas shootings - is this really about anti-Semitism? Also: the creative genius behind The New Yorker cartoons says humor is bad for religion, and Barbara Ehrenreich turns inward for a metaphysical memoir
Jimmy Carter on Women and Religion, Christian-Mulism Violence in...
Former President Jimmy Carter new mission to stop violence against women--especially the kind carried out in the name of God; and a Nigerian imam teams up with a former enemy to work for peace.
God and Government: Guatemala Edition, What We Learned from Rwanda, and...
Maureen travels to Guatemala, a country still debating the legacy of its most controversial political leader, Rios Montt; and reflecting on the moral lessons of the Rwandan genocide, 20 years later
The First Muslim in Congress, Marketing Shamanism, and More
A conversation with Rep. Keith Ellison, and why shaman is the hottest word in religion
How Jesus Became God, the Spiritual Richness of the Dark, and More
Master explainer Bart Ehrman on the divinity of Jesus; Barbara Brown Taylor on learning to love the dark; and the founder of the Jewish Renewal movent on his December years
Religion Minus Doctrine, The Messiah and Your Rental Contract, and More
No creed, no God, no problem: inside Unitarian Universalism; and the messiah clause in Jerusalem rental contracts leaves no stones unturned
Debating Religious Freedom, The 'Noosphere' and Other Online...
Two sides debate Arizonas vetoed religious liberty bill; war in Africa: faith or economics? And experiments with religion in the internets early days
Worker Rights in the 1930s, When Catholic Morals Controlled Hollywood,...
Seventy- five years after the minimum was created, the moral debate hasnt changed. And while you watch the Oscars, lets remember the Catholic Legion of Decency, which once slapped movies with Cs for condemned
The Moral Lives of Primates, Writing Letters as a Spiritual Practice,...
A primatologist argues we can trace values like empathy, justice and cooperation all the way back to our animal ancestors. And Amy and Jessica: spiritual pen pals
Divide Over Doctrine in the Catholic Church, Passing Faith Through...
A poll reinforces the huge gap between what the Vatican teaches and what Catholics practice; how faith is passed down through families; and Hands on Faith lets students touch the divine
On Being Russian Orthodox, Sex Abuse in Zen Buddhism, and More
Why Russian Orthodoxy = Russian patriotism; Eido Shimano: the Zen predator of New York, and Roshi Bernie Glassman on socially-engaged Buddhism
New Files Reveal Decades of Priest Abuse, A Former Altar Boy's Story,...
A history of child abuse charges, told through memos and faxes; the Archdiocese of Chicago responds; and ten books of the Bible that didnt make the cut
Does Religion Fuel Violence? The Mystique of Amish Romance Novels, and...
Why most holy wars are really about the same earthly matters weve always fought over: money and power. Later, the allure of Amish romance novels.
Sister Joan Chittister on Aging Gracefully, Einstein's God, and More
Finding new meaning in the last third of life; William Lobdell: How reporting on religion made me lose my faith, and Einsteins vision of God
Positive Thinking, The Sacrament of Smoking Weed, and More
A new book investigates the law of attraction - the idea that thoughts create reality; the prayer life of Martin Luther King Jr.; and the roots (and buds) of Rastafarian spirituality
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