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New York Times Religion and Belief News

News about religion and belief. Commentary and archival information about religion and belief from The New York Times.
  1. When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs
    Most Americans choose a political party before choosing whether to join a religious community.
  2. Searching for Saraswati
    Hindu nationalism reaches new heights in a quest to find a sacred river.
  3. Do You Believe in Magic? I Do
    Talismans and amulets — objects believed to have magical powers — were once part of any self-respecting doctor’s medicine bag.
  4. Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?
    The astrophysicist and novelist Alan Lightman doesn’t think so. And his new book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” explains why.
  5. The Fourth Great Awakening
    Parable-based religion has receded from the public square, replaced by heroic myth, and the competitive virtues it celebrates.
  6. Could Southern Baptists Actually Become Feminists?
    The religious institution made history silencing Paige Patterson — but it has been good at evading change, especially in regard to women.
  7. Next in Irish Voters’ Cross Hairs? A Law Banning Blasphemy
    Ireland will vote in a referendum on whether to strike the ban on blasphemy from the Constitution. A reference to women belonging in the home may also bite the dust.
  8. ‘Make Sure Not to Talk Any Arabic’: American Muslims and Their Guns
    A small but growing number of American Muslims are acquiring guns. We asked them why.
  9. At Christian Colleges, a Collision of Gay Rights and Traditional Values
    Many students want to use their love for Jesus not to uphold traditional values, but to engage with and change the world.
  10. What Religion Gives Us (That Science Can’t)
    No amount of scientific explanation or sociopolitical theorizing is going to console a grieving mother.


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