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The Rise of the Singing Christmas Tree

Hundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.

Dec. 15 2014 5:05 PMSlate Voice: “No Reason for the Season”Torie Bosch reads her piece on the joy of celebrating a godless Christmas.
Dec. 1 2014 11:53 PMWhat the “Mormon Moment” Actually AccomplishedMany Americans are still wary of the church. But Mormon culture is changing.
April 14 2014 3:03 PMThe Wicked Son Is Actually the Best One!The villain of the Passover Seder has been falsely maligned.
Oct. 10 2013 12:30 PMInitial Interrogation of Suspect AIn which the police talk to Abraham about the near-sacrifice of his son Isaac.
Sept. 18 2013 2:27 PMThe Strangest Jewish CustomJews in America celebrate the big holidays for an extra day. Why?
July 30 2013 10:10 AM“Who Am I to Judge?”Did Pope Francis just soften the church’s stance on homosexuality?
March 18 2013 5:45 AMA Jesuit Pope With a Franciscan NameIt makes more sense than you’d think.
Feb. 5 2013 3:20 PMMy Name Is Jehovah, and I’ll Be Taking Care of You TonightWhy do we pay waiters more than God?
Dec. 26 2012 10:19 AMBring Out the Kwanzaa KinaraOK, the holiday is made-up. But for my family it was useful.
Nov. 9 2012 10:45 AMThe Chosen FewHas an emphasis on education been bad for the Jewish population?
Nov. 1 2012 4:15 AMThe Case of the Mormon HistorianWhat happened when Michael Quinn challenged the history of the church he loved.
Aug. 8 2012 3:45 AMIsrael’s Pork ProblemWhat a change to one of the most controversial laws in Israeli history could mean for the country’s Christian Arabs.
July 19 2012 9:11 AM“A Spirit of Persecution”What the Hill Cumorah Pageant tells us about Mormonism’s past—and its present.
April 25 2012 5:34 PMSaturday’s WarriorsHow Mormons went from beard-wearing radicals to clean-cut conformists.
March 2 2012 8:30 AMIs Mormonism Still Racist?Comments from a BYU professor stir up a troubling past.
Dec. 15 2014 9:27 AMNo Reason for the SeasonThe joy of celebrating a godless Christmas.
May 12 2014 2:24 PMWitness to an ExorcismHow Pope Francis and the Vatican deal with the devil.
Dec. 11 2013 2:31 PMThe Evangelical Celebrity MachineJanet Mefferd accused pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism then deleted all her proof. Why’d she back down?
Sept. 20 2013 4:42 PMCatholic TruthinessMove over, Antonin Scalia. Stephen Colbert is now America’s Catholic.
Sept. 17 2013 5:50 AMSorry, 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.
June 19 2013 7:00 AMThe Messiah Will Be TweetedThe Internet isn’t the problem for the Hasidic community; it’s its best chance for survival.
Feb. 11 2013 7:20 PMHe Didn’t Finish What He StartedPope Benedict set out to reform a Catholic Church in tatters—but failed.
Jan. 9 2013 11:47 AMAdam and Eve’s Long Strange TripReading Mom’s Bible after her death: An excerpt from Walter Kirn’s new memoir.
Nov. 27 2012 9:05 AMRe-evangelizing New EnglandHow church-planting and music festivals are bringing about a quiet revival.
Nov. 1 2012 12:16 PMThe Mormon HierarchyHow the LDS church is organized.
Oct. 2 2012 9:07 AMProfits of ZionHow money has shaped Mormon culture.
July 30 2012 12:58 PMOn the Same PageThousands of Jews have been reading a page of Talmud a day for the last seven years. They’re almost finished. Was it worth it?
June 13 2012 12:05 PMCan You Be Both Mormon and Gay?Why a religion notorious in the gay community might be “evolving.”
March 29 2012 10:13 AMHemings and Jefferson Together Forever?Troubling cases of Mormon “proxy sealing.”
Feb. 14 2012 9:28 AMFrom the Book of Mormon to The Book of MormonWhat the South Park guys, Tony Kushner, and so many others get wrong about Mormons.

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