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Kerry Walters is the William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College and the award-winning author of 35 books.

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Rachel Weeping: A Christian Pacifist Reluctantly Endorses Military Strikes Against ISIS

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:06 PM

I'm haunted these days by a scene from Matthew's Gospel. Herod, learning that an infant has been born in Bethlehem who will become "King of the Jews," orders the slaughter of the town's male children two years old and under. Matthew captures the deed's mind-numbing horror by imagining that Rachel,...

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Jesus a Muslim? Fail

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner got himself in beaucoup trouble with his notion of the "anonymous Christian." His intentions were pure. But he was dead wrong, and he deserved the censure he received.

Rahner argued that anyone who exhibits a Christ-like...

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Step Away From the Bible!

(42) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Although they'd be horrified to hear it, militant atheists and Christian fundamentalists share one thing in common. They both read the Bible badly. Their interpretive reading skills, at least when it comes to scripture, are stuck in what psychologist James Fowler calls the mythic-literal stage, a cognitive level...

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Time for American Christians to Do Something About Persecution

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:20 PM

The media, the State Department, and the American public have all stubbornly ignored the uptick in the persecution of Christians around the globe, especially in Muslim cultures. The Pew Research Center concluded a couple of years ago that Christians are now persecuted in more nations than members of...

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Whited Sepulchers in the House

(24) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:48 PM

On September 19, the House approved H.R. 3102, a Republican-sponsored bill to slash nearly $40 billion from food aid over the next decade. Sponsors of the bill claimed that SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has grown too bloated and fraudulent to warrant continued funding, an accusation contested...

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A Demonology of Chemical Weaponry

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 1:14 PM

There are some fears so primordially inescapable that they get fetishized in different cultures as malevolent demons and devils. Ceasing to believe in the actual existence of such preternatural creatures doesn't mean that the archetypal fears that spawned them disappear. They simply get transferred to other objects.

Recent polls reveal...

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An Explosion That Changed the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 10:16 AM

When Americans opened their newspapers on February 29, 1844 -- a leap year -- they were shocked to read HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IN WASHINGTON! The day before, a ghastly explosion had occurred aboard the USS Princeton, the world's deadliest battleship and the pride of the U.S. Navy. Those killed included the...

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