| Mar 24, 2014
| 3:30 AM
WASHINGTON — A challenge to part of President Obama's healthcare law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history.
Four years ago, in their controversial...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 1:46 PM
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear 90 minutes of oral arguments in a case that will determine whether bosses who have religious objections to birth control can deny their female employees the contraceptive coverage to which they are...
| Mar 18, 2014
Are secular, for-profit corporations free to violate the rights of their employees by claiming that the law violates their corporate religious conscience? That's the big question at the heart of the two blockbuster challenges to a key provision of...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:00 AM
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:14 PM
A Philadelphia couple who lost a second son by trying to cure him with prayer instead of science have been sentenced to prison in the death of the boy, who was ill with pneumonia but never saw a physician.
Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Herbert and...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:40 PM
Talk about a Holy War.
Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the studio’s upcoming tentpole “Noah.” In...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:19 PM
Snake-handling preacher Jamie Coots has died of snakebite.
In some readings of the Bible, faith is stronger than venom. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film.
Proofs of the remarkable strength of...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values.
Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 1:30 PM
"As the son of a Manx Methodist atheist and a refugee German Jewish atheist," Matthew Kneale tells us in the first sentence of "An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention," "I have never been much of a believer." It's a...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state’s similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry.