Foreign Policy


Pope Francis Comes to Washington

As recently as the 1950s, it was gospel in certain liberal circles that Catholicism was, to take a leaf from Ben Carson, “inconsistent with the …

By Leslie Woodcock Tentler


New Clash over Religion in Schools: Communities Face Backlash for Lessons on Islam

Many of the speakers wore red shirts in solidarity. Dozens of them took turns standing at the microphone to lash out at the members of …

By Linda K. Wertheimer


Born Again, All Over Again

It all started with a question. On what day did Jesus die? Which led to more questions. Who wrote the Gospels? Is the English translation …

By Emily Alhadeff


The Perilous Journeys of Syria’s Refugees

In August, Ahmad* calls from Greece. He got himself there from Turkey in a bilim after the smuggler took off. “What’s a bilim?” I ask. …

By Jennifer MacKenzie


Terrorism in the Age of the Internet

The Devil’s Long Tail: Religious and Other Radicals in the Internet Marketplace by David Stevens and Kieron O’Hara Oxford University Press, 2015 Issue #12 of Inspire magazine …

By Michael Schulson


A Parade, a Boycott, and a Jewish Group’s Struggle for Acceptance

On the 11th floor of a Seventh Avenue office building in New York City, an oversized silver mezuzah hangs beside a mahogany door. The dark …

By Jas Chana


Pope Francis Causes Division Among Cubans in Miami

Hours after the news broke in December that the United States and Cuba were reinstating diplomatic relations, I arrived at a Catholic Church in one …

By Alfredo Garcia


Ebola and U.S. Hospital Chaplains: A (Deliberately) Untold Story

In August, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, medical missionaries who were serving in Liberia, arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. The facility was the …

By Betsy Shirley


The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington

On a Sunday morning this past October, some 1,500 preachers and ministers across the country joined in a nationwide protest they called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. …

By Gene Zubovich


Atheists in Foxholes: The Military Chaplaincy’s Humanist Problem

Do American military chaplains need to believe in God? Or, as the Navy Times once asked, “Who supports the atheists in the military?” These questions …

By Ronit Y. Stahl

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By Max Perry Mueller

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