Must Reads: Religion Dispatches

If you’re looking for excellent commentary on issues relating to religion, conflict, sexuality/gender and political affairs, look no further than Religion Dispatches.

They’ve got opinions from all sides with religious studies professors, scholars, activists and more covering the intricacies of religious movements and controversies in America and around the world–including atheism– and I love them all.

In their words, Religion Dispatches is a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation.

You’ve got to have a lot of guts and courage to write about the issues they tackle and use provocative titles like the one I’m reading now, “Creeping Shari’ah…Ahem, Excuse Me…. Biblical Law” by Julie Ingersoll.

I think what I like most about Religion Dispatches is that all the columns aren’t preachy and drowning in technicalities and historical humdrum. The writers all have passionate voices and an effortless way of moving through analysis and argumentation, without hitting you over the head in the middle of their article.

You can sign up for their newsletter, follow on Twitter or just browse the site. I’m sure you’re bound to stumble over something that’ll get you riled up or be astounded by seeing a new perspective. But that’s the point of engaging in dialogue, isn’t it?

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