Archive by Author : Editor

Are Mormons Happier Than Everyone Else?

A huge study three years back by the Gallup organization looked at the connection between happiness and religion. The survey found that the religions with the happiest people were Judaism and Mormonism. Why is it that Mormons are, or at least appear to be, so happy? A researcher by the name of Elisa Hunter recently did […]

Food’s Role in Religion

Why is it that food and eating play such a prominent role in so many religions? From Catholic sacraments to Jewish feasts, the food we put into our mouths is a big deal. It may be because without food, we cannot live. Food is something that everyone on this planet needs, so it makes sense […]

Where Should Religious People Work?

If you are a religious person—a person of faith—does it matter what you do for a living? Do you have to work for a religious organization? If not, do you have to at least work for a company that shares the same values that you do? It’s an interesting situation to ponder, and answering these […]

South Carolina Church Meets for First Time Since Shootings

Last Wednesday, a white gunmen entered a historic black church in Charleston, South Caroline and opened fire, killing nine people. On Sunday, the Emanuel AME Church held its first worship services since the vicious attack. The suspected gunmen, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was captured the following morning during a traffic stop in North Carolina. President […]

Religions, Incense and the Rise of Aromatherapy

Various world religions have been using incense as part of their religious ceremonies for centuries. In fact, religious use of incense goes back thousands of years. When people prayed or offered sacrifices to their gods, they would burn incense to make those prayers and offerings more effective or to invoke blessings. It looks like the […]

A Closer Look at Ramadan

This Thursday marks the beginning of Ramada on the Islamic Calendar. This calendar follows that lunar cycle that is different than the solar cycle. As such, the dates of Ramadan are not the same from year to year. Here’s a closer look at this Islamic observance: • Ramadan is not so much a single holiday […]

What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

How do you know if someone is religious or spiritual? What defines these two terms? First, let’s take a look at the word “religious.” Religious and religion are the same root word, and they both denote belonging to an institution. Religions are organizations created by and for groups of men and women. Knowing whether they […]

People Wrestling With Faith Now Have a Hotline

If someone of religious background starts to question their faith, where can they turn? What are the options? They can turn to their religious leader, family members or fiends. Any of those options requires courage. They can also be seen as risky, as sharing your doubts could alter your relationship. It’s no doubt a scary […]

How British Muslims Are Losing Their Faith

A recent story shows how a younger generation of British Muslims who do not have faith in their religion either opt to be agnostic or atheist. In Britain, much attention has been given to the expanding radicalization of the young, particularly after the 9/11 occasions. This has been clarified as a result of various things majorly, the […]