Is Islam Bad for Business?

In this week's New Yorker, John Cassidy asks whether Islam may be to blame for slow economic growth in the Arab world.

Confession by iPhone

The Roman Catholic Church, which hasn't always seen face-to-face with modernity, has embraced at least one product of the digital age. The BBC reports that senior officials in the Church in the U.S. and the U.K. have approved a Confession iPhone app.

Inside a Religious Movement

A new Foreign Policy photoessay takes a look at the secretive, Bangkok-based Dhammakaya movement.

A Very Interesting Paragraph From …

Jewish visitors to China often receive a snap greeting when they reveal their religion: "Very smart, very clever, and very good at business," the Chinese person says.

Game Strategy in Biblical Times

Genesis 20:1-18 tells of Abraham visiting Avimelech and offering him Sarah (who, so Abraham tells Avimelech, is his sister, when she is also his wife).

Homer Simpson: A True Catholic?

This just in from the Vatican's daily broadsheet: "Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is a Catholic."

Churches Versus Synagogues: Voluntary Donations Versus Dues

Christian churches and Jewish synagogues rely on very different financing models, yet both "appear to raise about the same amount per member," according to a survey conducted by the Jewish newspaper The Forward (article by Josh Nathan-Kazis). While synagogue members pay annual dues, churches rely primarily on voluntary donations from members.

FREAK Shots: Creative Science

Religion and science coexisting.

The Acquisition of Taste

Will faking it make a cilantro-lover out of you?

Passover Economics

It's Passover. That means eight days of eating matzoh, which gets me thinking about products that are complements with or substitutes for matzoh.