Why Do So Many Religions Fast?Jews, Jains, Mormons, Muslims—why skipping meals is so central to religious practice.
America’s Top Christian ComedianStephen Colbert gets all the attention, but the apolitical Jim Gaffigan is as self-deprecating about his faith as he is about his diet.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Is Obsessed With MuslimsBut she doesn’t understand what it’s like to be one in America.
Is Anyone Religious Enough to Be President of the United States?Not according to the American people.
The Evangelical Celebrity MachineJanet Mefferd accused pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism then deleted all her proof. Why’d she back down?
Sorry, Your Friends Can’t Come to Your Mormon WeddingTemple sealings are a sacred Mormon tradition. But they shouldn’t come at the cost of a civil ceremony with non-LDS friends.
The Messiah Will Be TweetedThe Internet isn’t the problem for the Hasidic community; it’s its best chance for survival.
He Didn’t Finish What He StartedPope Benedict set out to reform a Catholic Church in tatters—but failed.
Adam and Eve’s Long Strange TripReading Mom’s Bible after her death: An excerpt from Walter Kirn’s new memoir.
Are American Catholics Too American for the Pope?Catholics in the U.S. can be divided into three distinct groups. None of them completely agree with Pope Francis.
From Compost You Came and to Compost You Shall ReturnCan religious groups get behind the Urban Death Project’s environmental plan for the dead?
Christians Fought for the Environment for Decades Before Pope Francis’ EncyclicalCatholics in America a have a long tradition of looking out for Mother Earth.
Is It Too Late for Evangelical Christians to Honestly Discuss Same-Sex Marriage?A dispatch from this year’s Q Ideas conference, or the Christian TED Talks.
How Sex Trafficking Became a Christian Cause CélèbreEvangelicals made it less feminist and more mainstream.
What the “Mormon Moment” Actually AccomplishedMany Americans are still wary of the church. But Mormon culture is changing.
The Wicked Son Is Actually the Best One!The villain of the Passover Seder has been falsely maligned.
Initial Interrogation of Suspect AIn which the police talk to Abraham about the near-sacrifice of his son Isaac.
Re-evangelizing New EnglandHow church-planting and music festivals are bringing about a quiet revival.