from The Great Debate:

The religion of an increasingly godless America

By Amanda Marcotte
November 24, 2011

By Amanda Marcotte
The views expressed are her own.

Listening to the national discourse, one could be forgiven for imagining that America is becoming an ever more religious place. The amount of God talk in the public square has dramatically increased in a generation. Prior to the 70s, the concept of “the religious right” had barely existed, but now it’s a powerful lobbying force with multiple groups from Focus on the Family to Concerned Women for America, all sitting on more money than most liberal special interest groups could ever hope to accumulate. Republicans, especially, claw over each other to demonstrate fealty to a very narrow, fundamentalist view of Christianity that forbids gay rights, reproductive rights, and requires you to believe that evolution never happened. A generation ago, most people outside of evangelical Christian circles had never heard of things like “megachurches” or “the Rapture”, but now even people living in the most secularist urban enclaves are familiar with these concepts, if still less than approving. Americans seem not just more religious, but more drawn to reactionary religion than ever before.

from FaithWorld:

Mormon faith may hurt Romney in U.S. primaries – poll

November 23, 2011

 Mitt Romney's Mormonism could hurt the Republican candidate with evangelical voters in his fight for the party's presidential nomination, but those voters would favor him over President Barack Obama in the general election, according to a newly released poll.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Buy, buy Miss American Pie…

November 14, 2011

Blog Guy, do you have a personal guiding philosophy of life? You know, three or four words that express your world view?

from FaithWorld:

Optimistic? Attending services may be reason

November 10, 2011

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with a more optimistic outlook and a lesser inclination to be depressed, compared to those who do not attend services at all, according to a recently published study.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

He wasn’t the president yet…

November 10, 2011

Mitt Romney's French education

The small church in the Bordeaux suburb of Talence looks the same today as it did in the late 1960s, when Romney and fellow missionaries were photographed in front of it during a rare visit by then LDS church president, Howard Hunter.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Today’s reading is from Shooteronomy

November 4, 2011

It's been a few weeks since I've written about any new signs of that onrushing Apocalypse, so I foolishly thought things might be getting better.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

This train is bound for glory, this train

October 31, 2011

Whoa! Did you see that, Clancy? Looked like Pope Benedict on that train that just went by!

from FaithWorld:

Many U.S. Catholics have independent streak – survey

October 28, 2011

A majority of American Roman Catholics feel strongly about the sacraments and traditional church values such as caring for the poor, but they may not agree with the church teachings on topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage and maintaining a celibate, male clergy, a survey has found.

from Photographers' Blog:

Two sides of a living God

September 29, 2011

By Navesh Chitrakar

Born and raised in Kathmandu's Newar community I am familiar with Lord Ganesh. His elephant head attached to a human body makes him easy to identify. Ganesh is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies as we celebrate religious festivals.

from Photographers' Blog:

The view from a volcanic edge

August 29, 2011

By Dwi Oblo

I’ve known about the annual Hindu Kasada Festival for some time now.

For years, I've been planning to go but for the past two there have been conflicting events that I needed to cover so this was my first time attending the festival. As I wanted to provide extensive coverage, I decided to arrive a day before the festival started. Along with four colleagues, I headed to Mount Bromo from Yogyakarta. It took us nine hours to drive the 500 km (310 miles) route.