Presidential Acts of Mercy Are Unjust by Definition. That’s the Beauty of Them.In praise of pardons and commutations.
Hello GoodbyeThe author of a best-selling abstinence manifesto is reconsidering the lessons he taught to millions.
The Mercy GirlsThese young women enrolled in an influential Christian counseling center for help. That's not what they found.
Avoiding “Cold Bureaucratic Morality”“Amoris Laetitia” sums up everything that’s awesome and frustrating about Pope Francis.
Slate Voice: “No Reason for the Season”Torie Bosch reads her piece on the joy of celebrating a godless Christmas.
Baptisms Are Beautiful and MysteriousIf only TV shows realized they have nothing to do with goodness and fresh starts.
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.
Can the Christian Left Be a Real Political Force?Trump’s rise has thrown the religious right into turmoil. How Democrats could become the party of God.
Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” Is a Closeted Argument for Gay MarriageThe Pope’s own words about infertility and erotic love undermine his argument against same-sex marriage.
The Rise of the Singing Christmas TreeHundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.
America Needs More ImamsA lack of training and funding is creating a Muslim leadership vacuum in the U.S. That’s bad for everyone.
“Why Hold a Child Hostage to My Doubts?” The confusing, complicated desire of parents with no religion to raise their kids with faith.
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.