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Andrew Schwartz, M Div.
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Andrew Schwartz is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div in Interreligious Studies and Social Ethics. The majority of his work focuses on social justice and peacemaking, with a particular interest in environmental responsibility and sustainability. He currently resides in New York City.

Entries by Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Religion of Despair

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 4:43 PM

How we love to despair. Americans, that is. We recite with a modicum of pride the high rates of depression that affects our country. It was one out of every ten on anti-depressants when I was first prescribed them. It gave me solace knowing that so many others...

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Taking Capitalism Out of Christianity: Pope Francis and the Problem of Consumption

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 5:18 PM

On Thursday, Pope Francis will address our current "throw away culture" that encourages the wonton use of the earth, her recourses and her inhabitants for the arbitrary good of the economy and those who control it. The Pope strongly believes that as we disregard the poor so too do we...

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5 Reasons to Be Religiously Literate

(20) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:56 AM

There's a big move by millennials -- and Americans in general -- to move away from religion. Religion, it seems, is nothing but trouble. Religion seems responsible for war and violence, it continues to be the driving force behind the persecution of the LGBTQ community, and it hinders scientific progress...

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Everyday Boudoir

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 1:24 PM


It's not everyday that I open up my Facebook and see a boudoir shoot but to my surprise, there was my friend Eden Marsicek wearing little more than a bra and smile. I was in a coffee shop when the unexpected semi-nude...

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Lumber in the Eye of the Church

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:37 PM

"If we assume that we're going to change the world, then we'd better begin by changing ourselves."

This is the overarching message I walked away with from the KAIROS*: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice conference at Union Theological Seminary last Friday. I didn't have the chance to...

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When Did Jesus Stop Caring About the Poor?

(54) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 9:56 AM

It's tragic that so many of our Congressmen and women are Christians. It really is. Because if they weren't Christians, there would at least be some political excuse for why so many of our Christian Republican Congresspeople are refusing to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and find shelter for...

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On Being a White Straight Male

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:31 PM


That's the key word.

The rest of this article is useless unless the gravity of that word is fully appreciated. Most whites don't take the time to recognize their privilege. It comes as a surprise to many white Americans that life is typically easier for them than for...

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Sam Harris: Talk to Me About Morality, Not Your Superiority

(353) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Sam Harris is offering $20,000 to anyone who can refute, disprove the central thesis of his book The Moral Landscape. The task, he writes on his website is this:

Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds -- and specifically on the fact that such minds...
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Thoughts From a Millennial on the Church

(16) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:34 PM

Christianity in the States is fascinating right now. On one side, we see millennials leaving the Church at a prodigious rate. On the other hand we have Pope Francis, a cagey old Jesuit who, almost unbelievably, is emulating Christ. People who stopped caring about Christianity are taking notice of the...

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The Morals of Climate Change

(17) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Climate change has become impossible to ignore. For some time it has a nebulous concept, hard to quantify and hard to feel. Humans tend not to be great at believing things they can't feel or experience. There are many exceptions to this of course - faith and religion being two...

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Where Atheism Stops And Religion Begins

(714) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 3:17 PM

The New Atheists love proclaiming that religion is dying. It's a claim that is hard to argue with. Religion is certainly on the decline all across the world. The "nones" (i.e. those who hold no religious affiliation) rank as the third most popular religion in the world, trailing Christians and...

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