Pope Francis’s visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia represents a different way of thinking about the humans behind bars.
Though the political debate in the U.S. has stagnated, the rate of procedures performed has been in decline since 1990.
Francis has been preparing an official text on the environment for over a year. An Italian newspaper leaked an early version of the document—here’s what’s important to know.
"Madness" used to be considered an affliction of the spirit—demonic possessions, or Godly visions. Now it's treated as a medical issue. What does this mean for contemporary believers?
Some conservatives have made mocking remarks about Caitlyn Jenner, but their attitudes obscure deep, meaningful questions about the meaning of gender.
Even people who decide what’s right and wrong for a living don’t always behave well.
A new survey suggests that more people of all ages are choosing their own beliefs.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter. Thanks to a new U.K. succession law, any younger brothers the baby ends up having won't be able to overtake her in the line to the throne.
An interview with the author Rachel Held Evans about her new book and searching for authenticity in the church
Can a denomination that's dedicated to personal responsibility formulate a collective response to structural inequalities in America?
Mark Burnett, the creator of reality-television shows such as Survivor and The Apprentice, has launched a new series based on the Bible—a move of savvy evangelism.
Decades from now, Christians and Muslims may account for two-thirds of the global population—suggesting that not all societies are becoming more secular.
Faith leaders and Christian musicians have taken issue with hip hop, a genre the church can't ignore if it wants to remain relevant.
Young Americans may be more demographically diverse than older generations, but many embrace surprisingly traditional views on relationships.
They vote on everything. They’re committed to peace. Can a church that defines itself by harmony survive dissonance over homosexuality?
A new book about purity culture shows the difficulty of reconciling women's liberation with evangelical faith.
A new report finds a seven-year high in the percentage of countries where Jews face hostility from governments or society—particularly in Europe.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about discrimination against job applicants who wear headscarves. But the case reveals something deeper about who's considered attractive in America.
A new study claims that the children of gay couples are more likely to have emotional and developmental problems, but reveals more about the researcher than his subjects.
In her 1932 Atlantic article, "Put Your Husband in the Kitchen," the writer mocks people who have lost sight of the purpose of work—men, mostly.
The blockbuster fantasy has become a big movie—and a bigger problem.