Religion

12:53pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Culture And Traditions

Circumcision: Age-Old Rite Faces Modern Concerns

Ross and Susanna 2
Barbara Bradley Hagerty NPR

For many couples, having a baby is a spiritual experience. For Jews, there's another, religious, element that is intrinsic to the Jewish identity. Nearly all Jewish parents have their baby boys circumcised, as commanded by God in the Bible. And yet, for some Jewish couples, whether to circumcise or not is becoming an agonizing decision.

Read more
Tags: 

2:23pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Religion

Philly Archbishop Retires Amid Sex Abuse Report

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced his retirement Tuesday. For the past five months, Rigali has been dogged by claims that he may have protected questionable priests.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

The Vatican has appointed an outspoken archbishop to lead the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Charles Chapu of Denver will move to Philadelphia in September. He succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who has been criticized for the way he's handled child sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Denies Scandal Affected Retirement Decision

Read more

10:00pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Around the Nation

'Sister Wives' Family To Challenge Anti-Bigamy Law

Last summer, members of the Brown family — Meri (from left), Janelle, Kody, Christine and Robyn — spoke to the media as they prepared for the debut of their reality TV show, Sister Wives.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

It's the latest episode in Sister Wives. But this time it's playing out in the courtroom, not on cable. On Wednesday, the Brown family — the husband, four wives, and 16 children who star in the reality TV show — plans to file a lawsuit in federal court in Utah. The family members say the state's anti-bigamy law is unconstitutional and that Supreme Court precedent backs them up.

Read more

11:54am

Tue June 14, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: The Missionary Position

Molly Worthen is writing a book about modern American evangelicals.

Read more

12:01am

Mon May 23, 2011
Religion

Doomsday Believers Cope With An Intact World

As recently as two weeks ago, Gary Vollmer was absolutely certain that on May 21, 2011, God would send devastating earthquakes, raise believers to heaven in the "rapture," and then destroy the world five months later. Now that it hasn't happened, Vollmer is unfazed.

"God is God, God's going to do what he has to do," he says.

True, he says, believers got some of the details wrong. But the thrust of the message is right.

Read more

Pages