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    Pat Robertson is Not Just Sensationalist, He's Dangerous

    It is easy to dislike Pat Robertson. One of my favorite responses to his abhorrent remarks about the Haiti earthquake was a message that popped up on Twitter: “Text ‘666’ to donate $10 to buy a hand basket big enough for Pat Robertson.”Over at Religion Dispatches, Mark Hulsether has ...

    The Sweet Sound of Radical Feminist Theology

    Radical feminist theologian Mary Daly has died. An appreciation in the independent Catholic paper National Catholic Reporter calls her "a mother of modern feminist theology." What does radical feminist theology sound like? National Catholic Reporter shares an excerpt from a piece Daly wrote ...

    God Doesn't Like Crap in Art

    I had never read J.F. Powers when a collection of his short stories was published by New York Review of Books Classics in 2000. Ten years later I'm still wrapping copies of the book on birthdays and holidays. And to the recipients of this most generous gift, the man is always a ...

    Andrew Sullivan on Being Gay and Catholic

    Responding to a post by conservative Catholic Rod Dreher at Beliefnet, who asks why gay Catholics don't leave the church, Atlantic writer and blogger Andrew Sullivan engages Dreher in that rarest of acts: a nuanced discussion of the Catholic experience:I wore an ACT-UP t-shirt to communion ...

    Of Faith, Intimacy, and ‘the Risks God Takes’

    Sometimes a piece of nonfiction rolls around that, without even meaning to, puts in vivid perspective just how unwriterly a fair bit of nonfiction (especially memoir) can be. In the Fall 2009 issue of Ruminate, April Schimdt’s “40 Days” is just that piece—a captivating, expertly ...

    Glenn Beck's Tears and Mormon Masculinity

    If there is one thing that sets Glenn Beck apart from others in his league of media windbags, it's the tears. In an essay called "How Mormonism Built Glenn Beck" published over at Religion Dispatches, Joanna Brooks tries to help us understand Glenn Beck (those of us who are still trying, that ...

    A Creationist Zoo in the English Countryside

    Hardcore Christian creationism isn’t just for the U.S. Bible Belt. A creationism-based zoo outside Bristol, England, attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year with its mixture of furry animals and fuzzy science, reports New Humanist in its Sept.-Oct. 2009 issue. At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in ...

    Karen Armstrong: Adolescent Rebellion and the Nunnery

    Utne Reader has partnered withLink TVto presentGlobal Spirit, an "internal travel series" covering the spiritual, mental, and physical practices that define us as human beings. Watch excerpts from the series here, or view entire episodes at the Link TV website.This episode, The Spiritual Quest, ...

    Forget Progressive Religion, Be Progressive About Religion

    In a Religion Dispatches essay that deserves more attention than it is likely to get, Ivan Petrella argues that "progressive religion isn’t good enough for our nation. Instead, we need a shift in paradigm. We need to become progressive about religion." What does that mean? He explains:Being ...

    Shopping for a New Religion? Start Here.

    Taiwan’s Pacific Department Store is the unlikely home of an unlikely homage to the world’s faiths. At the Museum of World Religions visitors wander a great hall, watch video footage of funerals in other countries, leave a handprint blessing on the heat-sensitive wall, partake in a ...

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