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Kent Hayden, M.Div.
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Kent Hayden is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and a student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He has been a carpenter, a farmer, a book seller, and a writer.

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The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Religious Case for Secularization

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:49 PM

For reasons that are beyond the scope of this post, I believe that some kind of relationship to the sacred is psychologically, socially, and aesthetically good. But I am equally convinced that religious Americans' fear of secularization is completely backwards. If you encounter the sacred through a symbol, the last...

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Affluenza, Privilege, and the Threat to American Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 6:39 PM

Power in America exists as money and education. It is a limited resource.

Freedom in America includes (but is broader than) access to opportunities to compete for power. A person who is not able to compete for money and education is, in a meaningful way, not free....

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Firepower: What's Really at Stake in the Gun Debate

(17) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:47 AM

The gun debate is about power. It is important to recognize this central fact before we engage it, or we risk talking past one another. The introduction of modern weapon technology was a massive injection of power into our society. The entire gun control debate is about the wisdom of...

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The Bad Faith of American Exceptionalism

(12) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 8:00 AM

I was getting my 10th grade school picture taken as the second plane hit. I still have the shirt I was wearing. When I came back to the classroom, someone had written "World War Three" on the board. A girl I didn't know very well was crying in the corner,...

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The Religion of a Satirical Generation

(107) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 12:25 PM

In a great post on the Rally to Restore Sanity, Alexandra Petri described it as the Woodstock of the "I generation."

Millennials are Generation I, for whom life exists so we can put as many things as possible in quotes. And this "rally" is the closest millennials...
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Reversing the Secularization of Eating

(190) Comments | Posted September 25, 2010 | 8:19 AM

At the end of a journeyman's summer, I lay in an unfamiliar wood, watching the stars assert themselves upon a deepening night. My wanderlust faded into a gentle homesickness, and I dreamt of cookies, warm chocolate chip cookies and coffee, the deepest of comforts from my Christmases and homecomings. I...

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Connecting with the Sacred Through Fasting: Could It Solve the U.S. Food Crisis?

(114) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 8:26 PM

The American industrial food complex is inching this country towards disaster. The living soil upon which we stand is disappearing as we mine it and line it with corn. The blue air through which we move is eating through our ozone layer as we feed our addictions to...

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The Case for Christian Agnosticism

(343) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 7:23 AM

A friend of mine used a word today that was beyond the scope of my vocabulary. I nodded as though I understood, and our dialogue flattened out into a monologue. I don't remember what the word was, and next time I hear it, I will have no idea what it...

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Food and Faith: Agriculture as a Theological Act

(94) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 6:22 PM

Wendell Berry has said that eating is an agricultural act. I have always suspected that agriculture is a theological act. The way we produce and consume something as basic as our food not only determines our physical and environmental health but is a reflection of our social health...

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