One of theÂ best religious writers I know of -- sociologist of religion Peter Berger -- has recently started a blog, and as expected, he covers a broad range of religious issues with fairness and accuracy. His most recent post discusses the number of Christians (especially evangelicals) in China, and the possible impact they will have as China's demographics change based on the one-child policy. Berger has also examined the growth (and the nature) of Pentecostal Christianity in Brazil.
By contrast, Johann Hari (who writes for the London Independent newspaper and blogs for Huffington Post) has a somewhat irritable post about the decline in Christianity in Great Britain.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (also at Huffpost) blogs about the pluralistic religious background of Afghanistan, in a tone that is by turns pleading and slightly preachy. Still, it is worth remembering -- and respecting -- Afghanistan's history as a cultural and religious crossroads, where people from all the surrounding cultures met and traded both goods and ideas.
Finally, a recent op-ed in the New York Times reminds us that the disputed Islamic cultural center is of concern to the Muslim world, and especially the Sufis. The divisions among Muslims are hardly known in America (as I can attest from watching much of the discussion here on gather.) Imam Rauf, as it happens, is "of Americaâ€™s leading thinkers of Sufism, the mystical form of Islam, which in terms of goals and outlook couldnâ€™t be farther from the violent Wahhabism of the jihadists." In fact, as William Dalrymple recounts in this essay, the Sufis are under moral and sometimes physical attack in Afghanistan and Pakistan by precisely the same Islamist forces that gave aid and comfort to bin Ladin.