News about Religion and Belief, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
The Pope and the Archbishop
About the only thing that Pope Francis and the Most Rev. Justin Welby share is the fact that they are outsiders in their respective churches. Beyond that, institutional and doctrinal differences remain deep.
- A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross
New Governor Is a Shock to Some Inside Egypt
The new governor of Luxor, Adel Asaad Khayyat, comes from the political arm of an Islamist group that once carried out terrorist attacks.
Turkey’s False Nostalgia
Turkey’s past is no model for a democratic future. Earlier leaders, including Ataturk, were just as authoritarian as Erdogan.
- The Pope’s Gay Panic
- In Gospel Songs of Yore, Clues to the Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
Same-Sex Marriage Leaves the Bishops Behind
The Church of England is losing out on one of the biggest pastoral opportunities any clergyperson can have: the happiest day of every couple's life.
Iran’s Islamic Democracy
A reader calls for a more balanced American appreciation of Islamic democracy in Iran.
- Religion and Inequality
- Iranians Say Vote Won’t Bridge Gap Between Leaders’ Promises and Reality