Christopher Hitchens, the famous writer and polemicist whose later years were known for his fierce arguments against religious belief, has died of cancer. His death is being mourned in the growing community of atheists, agnostics, humanists and freethinkers. ReligionLink has a comprehensive guide to groups and leaders in that community.
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Jesus is bigger than Justin Bieber? Christians would say that’s true, of course. But when a Facebook page on Jesus outranks the teen idol, then the wider culture begins to take notice.
Friday’s statement by golfer Tiger Woods about his marital infidelities included a recommitment to the Buddhist religion he was raised in. Woods’ statement followed Thursday’s meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Barack Obama, giving Buddhism a high-profile week and providing journalists a chance to write about this growing religion.
The death of evangelist Oral Roberts on Dec. 15 brings to a close one of the great lives in American religious history and global Pentecostalism. Roberts pioneered the use of mass media and mentored a generation of preachers. But his career was also controversial. So what is the legacy of Oral Roberts?
The anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, always casts in sharp relief America’s relationship with the Muslim world, and the role of the growing Islamic community in the United States — issues that are covered in a new Pew survey and in a number of ReligionLink guides and resources, as shown below.
The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) was released Monday, March 9, 2009, and it reveals tectonic shifts in the religious terrain that can provide a bounty of stories for religion reporters in every region of the country. ARIS 2008 follows previous large-scale identification surveys in 1990 and 2001, and thus offers a rare comparative [...]
And the winner is …! The 81st annual Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday, and as always there are plenty of religious issues to provide a substantive backdrop to the red-carpet glam. Films have long grappled with questions of ultimate meaning, and this year’s crop is no exception.
The world’s youngest monotheistic religion is the Bahá’í Faith. It’s small – around 5 million-plus believers – but global and growing. The Bahá’í Faith has spread widely since its origin in Iran, then known as Persia, in 1844, and is today the world’s second most widely dispersed religion (after Christianity), practiced in more than 200 countries.