FAQ

Is RD a religious publication? 

No. It’s not.

Then why do you have religion in your name? 

Because it’s a magazine on religion. It’s the subject our writers cover—our beat.

So you’re atheists then? 

Not necessarily. Some of RD’s writers are religious and some aren’t. We editors are in the “seeker” category, even if we don’t like the word.

Darn, I was hoping you were atheists. I think religion is a delusion. Can I safely ignore RD

You don’t have to be a hippo to study zoology, and you don’t need to be a believer to find religion fascinating. Also, it’s hard to understand politics, society, culture, and art without it.

Are you affiliated with any religious institution? 

No.

Are you a non-profit?

Yes (and donations are tax-deductible).

I see the USC/Annenberg logo at the top of your site. Does USC support RD financially?

Nope. But we are proud to be housed at such a great J-school.

Are you editorially independent? 

Yes.

Really, you’re not religious? Even a little?

Still not religious.

Does RD have a founding myth? 

Absolutely. RD was the brainchild of a couple of religion and theology professors, way back during the Bush era. The site was launched in 2008 as an experiment in bringing religion scholarship to a wider audience, and as a counter-voice to that of the religious right. Nominated for four Webby awards, with traffic of a publication five times its size, RD has evolved from an academic project to a thriving online magazine.

Do you accept unsolicited submissions? 

Yes, see guidelines by clicking the Submissions tab in the nav bar above.

Shall I navigate my web browser to your home page each day?

Sure! We publish new material daily. You can also sign up for the Newsletter and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m not a writer but I have a great idea for a story. How can I tell you about it?

Write to us at: info@religiondispatches.org

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