Why Churches Should Stop Pandering to Millennials

For years, churches have been trying to find new ways to attract Millennials, two thirds of whom believe churchgoers are “a lot or somewhat hypocritical.” Churches have tried everything from deploying hipster pastors to making their sanctuaries less church-like. As a Millennial, I have a message for churches: Please, just stop. We don’t need outreach … Continued

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Do Secular Families Raise Better Kids?

Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist specializing in the study of secularism at Pitzer College, recently penned an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times in which he makes the case that secular Americans are “just as moral” as religious ones. More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are … Continued

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Young People Aren’t Embracing Faith; They’re Leaving It

Last year, someone wrote a satirical news story in the Eastern University newspaper about Christian students moving en masse towards Evangelicalism. It was a hilarious success—because as all Eastern students know, it’s the Evangelicals who convert to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, not vice-versa. The administration probably has records of angry parent phone calls to prove … Continued

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Stop the Easter Merch Madness!

Flashback four months to Christmastime. It was cold and snowy, you were probably scrambling to wrap last-minute gifts, and, if you recall, there was a big brouhaha over at Starbucks after they took Santa and snowflakes off their Christmas cups and released a simple, all-red design instead. Remember the mini freak-out that ensued when certain … Continued

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Hijabi Fashionistas Show That Modesty Can be Beautiful

Vogue recently featured hijabi Instagram star Amaal Said, “a 20-year-old Danish-Somali photographer and poet” who lives in London and frequently posts stylish images of herself to social media. The profile talks about Said’s fashion philosophy and everything that makes her pictures fun and inspiring: the bold colors, fun accessories, and gorgeous scarves she borrows from … Continued

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Can Harvard Solve the Problem of Religious Illiteracy?

When Ralph Waldo Emerson addressed the 1838 graduating class of Harvard Divinity School, he began with an invocation: In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life. The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers. The air is … Continued

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Modesty, Faith, and Burqa Bans

In America, talk about dress codes usually revolves around miniskirts, half shirts, and what sayings and gestures cross the line of appropriate for printed t-shirts in public spaces. Yet this issue could soon evolve into discussions of when dress in the name of modesty and religious observance also goes too far. This thought came to … Continued

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The Rise of Fat Lent

What happens when a somber season of penance, reflection, and fasting is appropriated by secular culture? We’re seeing it now. Witness Fat Lent. Fat Tuesday, of course, which occurred last week, is the day before Ash Wednesday— Mardi Gras, in French. For centuries, it was the day the devout cleared out their pantries (and later, … Continued

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