This post was originally published on this siteThat’s the power of ‘The Station Agent.’ You try walking across Seattle alone. At night. Barefoot. My college roommate did all the time. I didn’t understand it, just as I didn’t understand his quiet demeanor, his watchfulness from the edges, or his aversion to typical college-life distractions. His after-dark disappearances intrigued me. So I took to walking with him. I wore hiking boots,

This post was originally published on this site‘Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie

This post was originally published on this siteProfessor of New Testament Studies articulates the dilemma many Christians face in this election cycle Many Christians have it right. There is a real dilemma for their vote in this election. The choice we have before us is no real option. It is like choosing between facing a tornado rolling through your home or a hurricane. Both will do real damage in different

This post was originally published on this sitePeer-reviewed research intensifies parenting debates… and can leave us even more confused. In the shifting battle lines of the mommy wars, scientific studies have become an increasingly common weapon. Research gets employed by both sides and on nearly every issue. Whether breast-feeders versus formula-feeders, anti-vaxxers verses vaccine advocates, or a range of other issues, parents rely on a wave of child development scholarship

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Nuns and Nones

This post was originally published on this siteWhat a tongue-twister: We’re thinking about nuns–the kind that used to live in convents–and nones–the religiously unaffiliated.

This post was originally published on this siteSister Judy Murray, a cloistered nun in Baltimore, gives us a peek into her life of simplicity, celibacy, and obedience … and the occasional trip outside the convent.

This post was originally published on this sitePoliticians want their votes, social movements want their support, and houses of worship want them back. We trace the explosive growth of the religiously unaffiliated, AKA the ‘nones.’

This post was originally published on this siteKatherine Ozment walks us through the moment she realized “nothing” wasn’t the right answer to her son’s question about their religious identity.

This post was originally published on this site This year the Maxwell Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary. What a decade it has been! The Institute has published more than a dozen dual-language translations of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian texts. It’s maintained three annual periodicals dedicated to scripture or Mormon studies: Mormon Studies Review, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. New book series like

This post was originally published on this siteHow both sides of the debates over same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom access, and employer-provided contraception feel about each other. On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided. Though most Americans believe employers should be required to supply birth control in their health insurance plans, they are split down the middle on whether