Religious Stories, Opinion & Controversy

  • A Divided Jerusalem I Hope to See Shared
    by Gilead Sher, JTA on May 14, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Gilead Sher, JTA After Hamas launched seven missiles at Jerusalem from Gaza this week, forcing the unprecedented evacuation of the Knesset and the city’s District Court, a new escalation was inevitable. Once again, Israel’s capital is at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one intertwining religious tension between Muslims and Jews with political arm wrestling over both the city and the Palestinian territories.

  • How The Equality Act Would Hurt Black Churches
    by J. Cooke-Rivers, Deseret News on May 14, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    J. Cooke-Rivers, Deseret News When I first arrived from Jamaica to the United States in 1979, I did not fully understand the ramifications of religious freedom. Even though I was a practicing Christian, I remember denying a staff member’s request for a day off on Good Friday as a new manager at a Boston hospital. It never occurred to me that I might be impinging on this person’s expression of faith. In retrospect, it’s a decision I deeply regret.

  • The Good Soil of Europe is Ripe for Sowing
    by J. John, RealClearReligion on May 14, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    J. John, RealClearReligion Despite its popular title, Jesus’ parable of “The Sower” implies that fruitful evangelism depends not so much on the one who sows the seed but on the soil it lands on. My experience as an evangelist confirms this: the fruits of preaching seem to depend on place as much as proclamation. And in terms of hard soil for the gospel, many have long seen Western Europe as a region where sown seeds of faith fail to take root.

  • ‘Satan’s Dare’ and the Search for Truth
    by Jim DeMint, RealClearReligion on May 14, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Jim DeMint, RealClearReligion Several decades ago, while on vacation, my wife and I visited a church on Easter Sunday. The sermon stunned me. After describing the miraculous and incredible resurrection of Jesus, the pastor concluded it didn’t matter if it was actually true – only that we believed it was true. I was reminded of that sermon this Easter when Senator Raphael Warnock from Georgia – a pastor himself – issued a since-deleted tweet that read, “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a…

  • Fight to Destroy Israel Fundamentally Religious
    by Moshe Dann, Jerusalem Post on May 14, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Moshe Dann, Jerusalem Post Superficially, the conflict is about who has sovereignty in Israel: “the occupation,” “colonialism,” etc. On a deeper level, however, it is about jihad, a religious obligation in Islam that many interpret as a demand to destroy Israel. That is the core and heart of Palestinianism. From this perspective, the Arab-Israeli conflict is not only national, the desire for a state; it is fundamentally a religious conflict. Islamists consider “Palestine” to be part of the house of Islam and Jews as “dhimmis,” a subject religious community, not a nation.

  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Has Little to Do With Religion
    by Yonat Shimron, RNS on May 14, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Yonat Shimron, RNS Violence between Gaza and Israel intensified this week to levels not seen for years, with Hamas shooting hundreds of rockets toward the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and Israel retaliating with heavy strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The buildup to the current conflagration – some are already calling it a new “intifada” or “uprising” – began several weeks ago in a Jerusalem neighborhood near the Old City, close to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites for more than 1,200 years.

  • Why Do People Convert to Judaism?
    by Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet on May 14, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet An increasing number of people are converting to Judaism, and for reasons other than marriage, according to a Tablet survey of American rabbis. Since most surveys of American Jews overlook converts – the latest Pew Research Center survey is no exception – in March and April we posed questions about the state of Jewish conversion to over 100 rabbis, from all denominations of Judaism, and received answers from 79. Thirty-four of them, or 43%, indicated they were doing more conversions today than earlier in their careers. And these numbers are conservative….

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