Tag: Religion and Belief

Trump Again Accuses Jews of Disloyalty

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday thanked a conspiracy theorist for saying Jews in Israel love the president “like he’s the King of Israel,” and doubled down in his efforts to pit American Jews against one another, accusing Jewish voters of disloyalty if they voted for Democrats. It was the second day in a row […]

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Dear God, Are You There?

Dear God, This letter was prompted by the 22 precious lives taken in El Paso on August 3, 2019, by a 21-year-old white supremacist gunman. He told investigators that he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible — people who Donald Trump, in his campaign for the office of president, described as criminals “bringing […]

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A First at a Century-Old Seminary: A Black Woman Takes Charge

First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem had 300 members and no website when LaKeesha Walrond and her husband took over as pastors. Yet, as many churches have strained to maintain their congregations, theirs flourished: More than 10,000 congregants now come for Sunday services and for mental health programs, yoga classes and a free co-working space. […]

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Living Intimately With Thoughts of Death

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have lived intimately with thoughts of death. Cancer patients of all ages and stages, as well as people with other ruinous conditions, often experience “a double frame of mind,” as the polemicist Christopher Hitchens once put it. Laboring to survive in the present, we simultaneously imagine our future demise. Of […]

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The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid

In the living room of an apartment near Wall Street last month, a group of supporters huddled around a large television watching as their candidate, Marianne Williamson, made her debut on the debate stage. The host pulled her hair nervously. Ms. Williamson’s start had been shaky, but there were some breakout moments. Then her dramatic […]

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Stop Calling Politics Our New Religion

Looking for a new villain to account for the polarization and sheer meanness of our current politics? Instead of blaming deep divisions over race, misogyny, immigration, income inequality and the bellicose Twitter reign of President Trump, many have seized on secularism as a scapegoat for everything that keeps politically conscious and conscientious Americans awake at […]

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A Clash of Worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin Meet Again

ROME — Officials in Italy locked down the capital, closed public parks and diverted traffic on Thursday before a state visit by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whose most-anticipated meeting was with Pope Francis, viewed by many European liberals as the greatest moral voice against the resurgence in populism. But for many European nationalists […]

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8 Podcasts for the Spiritual Searcher

Organized religion may be on the decline, with more Americans than ever identifying as either atheist, agnostic or religiously unaffiliated. But spirituality’s grip remains tenacious, with the search for meaning merely taking different paths. A growing number of Americans identity as “spiritual but not religious,” a trend that tracks with the explosion of interest in […]

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Are We Headed for War With Iran?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? This week on “The Argument,” Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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The Age of Aquarius, All Over Again!

We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements that are rising are not what we normally call “religion.” The first rising movement is astrology. According to a 2018 Pew poll, 29 percent of Americans say they believe in astrology. That’s more than are members of mainline Protestant churches. This […]

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Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?

Should Americans, as part of their school curriculum, learn Arabic numerals? CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based research firm, put that question to some 3,200 Americans recently in a poll seemingly about mathematics, but the outcome was a measure of students’ attitudes toward the Arab world. Some 56 percent of the respondents said, “No.” Fifteen percent had no […]

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Pope Francis Seeks to Mend Open Wounds With Orthodox Church in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — When Pope John Paul II made history in Romania 20 years ago by becoming the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit a predominantly Orthodox nation since the schism of 1054, he was welcomed as the global figure who helped bring down Communism. Still, wary Romanian Orthodox officials limited his […]

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Why Fiction Trumps Truth

Many people believe that truth conveys power. If some leaders, religions or ideologies misrepresent reality, they will eventually lose to more clearsighted rivals. Hence sticking with the truth is the best strategy for gaining power. Unfortunately, this is just a comforting myth. In fact, truth and power have a far more complicated relationship, because in […]

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