Emma Green

Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

The Religious Lives of Finnish Mind Readers

In a study about the sources of spiritual belief, researchers investigated the role of "affective and cognitive empathy," or the ability to figure out what other people are feeling and thinking.

The Cold Logic of Drunk People

At a bar in France, researchers made people answer questions about philosophy. The more intoxicated the subject, the more utilitarian he or she was likely to be.

Mormon Underwear, Revealed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an informational guide to "temple garments" on their website. Why have these clothes been such a source of fascination in American culture?

Americans Want More Faith in Public Life

A new survey suggests a tension in the United States: Most people think religion is losing its influence on politics and culture, but many also want it to play a greater role.   

Not Everyone Loves a Political Nun

The "Nuns on the Bus" kicked off their third national tour this week. But as American sisters face censure from the Vatican, it's unclear how their advocacy efforts will be affected.

When Presidential Candidates Have to Please Priests

Brazil's third election debate was hosted by the Brazilian Conference of Bishops, showing just how much influence religion can have on politics even when "church" and "state" are separate.

More Americans Are Speaking in Tongues

Congregations have reported an increase in spontaneous hand-waving, jumping, shouting, singing, and other "spiritual behavior" over the last decade and a half. Why?

And Now, the News Through Catholic Eyes

The Boston Globe has launched a separate site dedicated to coverage of the Catholic Church, betting that people want to read about the world through the lens of their religion.

Violence Among the Amish

On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2013 hate-crime conviction against 15 members of an Amish separatist group who forcibly cut the beards of others in their faith. The ruling has re-opened a question: How could this happen?

The Stationary Bike of the Soul

SoulCycle, a company that offers specialized exercise classes, is one example of how a limited set of Americans might find new expressions of spirituality.