New York Times - Religion and Belief

News about religion and belief. Commentary and archival information about religion and belief from The New York Times.
  1. As Donald Trump Repels Minority Voters, G.O.P. Fears Its Future in the West

    Republicans are concerned that Mr. Trump is accelerating the broader population shifts that threaten the party’s standing in Western states.
  2. The Burkini Debate: Muslim Modesty vs. French Norms

    Readers differ on French enforcement of its burkini ban. Is it an infringement of Muslim women’s rights, or a reasonable insistence on assimilation?
  3. Indian Court Orders Haji Ali Tomb to Give Women Full Access

    Balancing religious and civil rights, the Bombay High Court overturned a ban excluding Muslim women from the inner sanctum of the tomb in Mumbai.
  4. The Hidden Influence of Clinton and Trump’s Religion

    Many Americans see them as unreligious, but faith has profoundly molded the identity of Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. We explore how.
  5. Court Overturns ‘Burkini’ Ban in French Town

    The court ruled that the prohibition in Villeneuve-Loubet violated civil liberties, in a warning that could affect other communities that have banned the swimwear.
  6. At the Beach in My Burkini

    I dreaded wearing it in middle school. Not anymore.
  7. Esther Jungreis, ‘the Jewish Billy Graham,’ Dies at 80

    Ms. Jungreis, who founded the outreach organization Hineni, staged rallies with theatrical lighting and musical accompaniment at which she urged secular Jews to embrace their faith.
  8. 2 Nuns Are Killed in Mississippi: ‘The Sweetest People to Ever Draw a Breath’

    The women, who worked as nurse practitioners and were known for their singing at Mass, were found in their home in Durant, a small city where violent crime had been rare.
  9. Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

    Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions.
  10. Holy Water for Pilgrims, via the Mail

    The Indian postal service is using its offices to deliver holy water from the Ganges River, which is usually collected after a barefoot pilgrimage.