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Faith and religion have shaped society throughout history, yet they remain deeply personal topics that sometimes feel challenging to discuss.

Our mission at Learn Religions is to help you explore the practices of your own faith, understand your neighbor’s beliefs, and familiarize yourself with the world’s major religions — regardless of your own spiritual background.

We believe that a strong foundation of knowledge in world religions is essential to understanding one another and our world. You’ll find that our library of study guides, prayers, devotionals, and reference documents offer credible and balanced coverage of the world’s most prominent faiths, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Taoism.

Our Writers

Our experienced writers are full-time ministers, published authors, licensed clergy, and teachers. They are dedicated to helping readers deepen their faith or become more familiar with the world’s religions. Meet some of our writers:

Mary Fairchild 

Mary Fairchild is a Christian writer, editor, and full-time minister. Since 2005, Mary has authored hundreds of articles on Christianity and the Bible for several Dotdash brands. She worked as the general editor on several Christian books and booklets for Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg from 2006 until 2017. Mary is also a writer for GotQuestions.org, a ministry that assists others in understanding the nature of God, the Scriptures, salvation, and other spiritual topics.

In May 1991, Mary received a General Biblical Studies degree from an Interdenominational Christian Training Center in Central Florida. She also holds a Missions Degree from Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training School, where she graduated in August 1991.

Patti Wigington

Patti Wigington is a Pagan writer and educator with over 30 years of experience teaching workshops and classes on Paganism throughout the U.S. She is a Pagan High Priestess and a licensed Pagan clergy in the state of Ohio.

Patti has published two books on Paganism: Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch and Wicca Practical Magic. Her work has also been included in Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac and Witches' Calendar series. Patti has covered Paganism for Dotdash brands since 2007.

Editorial Principles

Every piece of content on Learn Religions is conceived and created with these core principles in mind:

Respect and openness: We approach religious topics with an attitude of respect for all faith traditions, and we work to ensure that our content is representative of important considerations and differences in information for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. 

Our readers come first: We publish content that is clear and jargon-free, making even the most complex concepts understandable for all readers. Every aspect of our site is designed to support this goal, from the illustrations we publish to the organization of our articles. 

Trustworthy and reliable: We seek to serve and inform readers accurately. Our reference articles are rigorously researched and accompanied by source lists. In all cases possible, writers practice the religions they cover. As a site, we do not advocate for any one belief system.

Learn Religions content is for informational purposes and is guided by and upholds the Society for Professional Journalists’ foundations of ethical journalism: being accurate and fair, minimizing harm, acting independently, and being accountable and transparent. We also uphold the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines on disclosures, where applicable.

Editorial Guidelines

Learn Religion's in-house editorial staff oversees every article on our site. Learn Religions contributors do not give preferential treatment to any outside resource (company, publication, video, affiliate, website) based on their relationship with the person or company who authors or owns that resource—even if that person is himself or herself. In cases when an outside resource is objectively relevant to an article and useful to a reader, appropriate disclosures are made in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Links are added to content with the sole purpose of navigating you to relevant content throughout our site that may help further your knowledge about your topic of interest. We may link to outside web pages if they relate to a source used to create our content or we think they provide additional information that may be of assistance. These links are chosen carefully and point to academic journals, reputable organizations and institutions, news outlets, and other trustworthy entities.

Our product review articles are created, written, published, and managed by an independent product review team. We receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase. Point-of-purchase links are clearly labeled as such. If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our product review team, please email commercefeedback@dotdash.com.

Learn Religions staff members who work on content creation do not work on the advertising team. All staffers are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

Quality Standards

Every article you see has several people behind it working to make sure that it is accurate, understandable, helpful, and reflective of our principles and editorial guidelines.

Our editors review and approve all article ideas independently. Each new article is rigorously reviewed and edited by our editorial team before it is published to our site. All visuals, tools, and videos are subject to the same approval process.

Update Methodology 

The editorial team also works to improve our library to ensure that it remains comprehensive and best in class. They evaluate existing content as a matter of routine to flag any articles that contain information that is known to be or is likely to be out of date. Among other factors, articles are assessed to ensure that a) they contain the latest and most accurate information and facts; b) statistics, if present, are up-to-date; c) they answer any new questions a reader may have as a result of changing times or expectations. If necessary, articles are re-edited. If an article has been modified, the date of the most recent update is provided at the top of the page.


If you notice something in one of our articles that needs to be corrected, please send us an email at contact@learnreligions.com. We review all reader feedback and make updates to our content as needed.

Meet Our Team

Molly Fergus
VP & General Manager

Molly is the Vice President and General Manager of Learn Religions. She has been with Dotdash since 2013 and has dedicated her entire career to digital media.

Before joining Dotdash, Molly was an associate digital editor for Condé Nast Traveler, where she helped launch the magazine’s first proprietary website. Previously, she contributed to communications for education and nonprofit organizations, including The Immunization Partnership and the University of Missouri College of Education. Her work has also appeared in SelfRedbookWomen’s Wear Daily, and CNN.

She lives in New York City, grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Olivia Valdes
Associate Editorial Director

Olivia Valdes is the Associate Editorial Director for Learn Religions. She has been with Dotdash since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Olivia worked in the manuscript editorial department at Yale University Press. She has also written for The Economist Careers Network and other education outlets.

Olivia holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She grew up in South Florida and lives in New York City.

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Amanda Prahl
Assistant Editor

Amanda Prahl is the Assistant Editor of Learn Religions. Her written work, which focuses on history and the arts, has been published by outlets including HowlRound, Slate, and BroadwayWorld. Amanda is also a working playwright, lyricist, and dramaturg. Her plays and musicals have appeared at numerous festivals and new works series.

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About Dotdash

Learn Religions is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger, and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Over 38 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 20 million people each month.

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 17 million people each month.

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 40 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps 9.7 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4.4 million hungry readers each month. 

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches 10.5 million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides 4.6 million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches nearly two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps 5.7 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help 3.8 million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate 3.7 million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

Treehugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With 2.6 million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

ThoughtCo: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps 6.4 million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, March 2021 US

Senior Management Team

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Contact Us

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Write for Us

We are always looking for experienced, qualified digital writers who share in our mission to provide credible and balanced religion content. If that’s you, send a few examples of your published work to us at write@learnreligions.com.

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, or posts.

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