U.S. Muslim Population to Double By 2050

There were 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015, or about 1 percent of the total U.S. population, the Pew Research Center reports. The figure is an update to Pew’s 2011 estimate of 2.75 million Muslims living in the United States. By 2050, Pew expects the share of Muslims […]

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Breaking down the Syrian refugee crisis

Breaking down the Syrian refugee crisis What’s happening? In Northern Africa and the Middle East, severe civil wars and major economic collapses are breeding instability: over 3 million people — many of them Syrian — continue to flee from their homes. Some of the refugees seek asylum in Europe, but the trip across the Mediterranean […]

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Tearing Down Inequality with the Strength of Our Differences

Commentary Kimberly N. Alleyne Publisher and Editor, The Harvest Magazine       Tweet: Religious and moral leaders, theologians, and laypeople from all faiths must not be remiss in their collective duty to stir a sea change. Several anniversaries have greeted the first half of 2015: the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to […]

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Subjective approach to religion breeds interfaith understanding

Religious ideas are often expressed in philosophic language. Thus much of classical Jewish, Christian and Muslim theology can best be understood in the context of the teachings of the ancient Greeks, particularly Plato and Aristotle, and their interpreters through the ages. In the last couple of centuries, German thinkers like Immanuel Kant have helped exponents […]

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Misrepresenting Christians at Mount Zion

Misrepresenting Christians at Mount Zion Jerusalem, the Old City. Early morning, Shavuot. As I do every year, I go for a ritual bath in the old city mikve. This year a message is posted on the bulletin board that catches my attention. The message is in the traditional “question and answer” form, addressed to the […]

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How Important Is The Sunni-Shiite Divide In The Middle East?

March 28, 2015 Elizabeth Whitman Displayed with permission from International Business Times Does the Sunni-Shiite divide matter in Yemen? Sunni Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in Yemen on Thursday to counter Iran-allied Shiite forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Above, a Houthi fighter walks at the site […]

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Michael Gilbert, Texas superintendent, to atheist group: ‘I will be praying for you’

March 12, 2015 Jessica Chasmar Displayed with permission from The Washington Times Michael Gilbert, the superintendent of White Oak, Texas, public schools, is standing in support of one of his principals for quoting Bible scripture over the school’s intercom – a long-running tradition that has come under scrutiny by atheist groups. A student at White […]

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The Harvest Magazine Is Here!

Whether you stumbled here unintentionally or you were directed here, welcome, welcome, welcome! This new blog is a content companion to the forthcoming The Harvest Magazine, which will be launching soon. The Harvest blog is a forum for spirituality, religion, culture, and the Church. We’ll write about how all or some of these themes intersect, […]

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