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Kerry Walters is Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College and the award-winning author of 38 books.

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Just Be Decent

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 7:48 AM

There's an iconic scene in the 1990 film "The Bonfire of the Vanities" in which a courtroom erupts in raucous chaos when an utterly unscrupulous special interest group tries to hijack the proceedings.

Shouting over the din, the presiding judge (played by the inimitably baritoned Morgan Freeman) finally manages...

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Sins of the Fathers

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 1:39 PM

I rarely cry at movies. But I did a few days ago while watching Spotlight, the film about the Boston Globe's 2002 exposure of Roman Catholic priests who sexually abused children and the prelates who covered up for them.

The Globe's story was only the first wave of...

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The Truth about Liberation Theology

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 1:30 PM

Some claims are so outlandish, so absurdly counterfactual, that they ought to stagger belief.

But never underestimate human gullibility.

We're willing to swallow any story that tickles our fancy, especially when it comes to rumors of cloak-and-dagger conspiracies. Pope John Paul I murdered by Vatican malcontents, the Trilateral...

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A Hideous Déjà Vu

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Twenty-two years ago this month, a deal was struck to ship a holy but heart-rending cargo from Prague to London: 1,500 Torah scrolls, melancholy reminders of the years when Hitler's army blitzkrieged its way across Europe.

Many of the scrolls had been hidden by Czech Jews who, knowing that...

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Divine Light and Nuclear Darkness

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:56 AM

We live in a chiaroscuro world, you and I, where light and darkness forever dance with one another. Sometimes light leads, sometimes darkness.

This week, on August 6, the Christian world observs the Feast of the Transfiguration, traditionally a celebration of light. The event it commemorates is recorded in...

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Confederate Courage

(164) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 10:11 AM

The twisted hope that motivated Dylann Roof's murderous rampage in South Carolina last month was to launch a race war. Instead, the immediate outcome has been a national debate about the Confederate battle flag that flew for a half-century over South Carolina's State House, and which continues to adorn ornamental...

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Zombies

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 5:31 PM

We just can't seem to get enough of zombies. They're everywhere: comics, novels, television shows, movies, scholarly conferences, college courses, and even PhD dissertations. Type "zombies" into a Google search and you'll get nearly 91 million results.

So we're clearly fascinated. But why? How is it that the "living dead,"...

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Snark Wars

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 11:36 PM

The latest volley in the war of words waged by cultured despisers of Christianity was fired on Christmas Day. Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the television series "Cosmos," bushwhacked Christians with this tweeted broadside: "On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age...

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Orange Is the New Golgotha

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 9:49 AM

The Roman soldiers jeered at Jesus, called him "towelhead" and "sand monkey," ripped off his garments and clad him in an orange jumpsuit. Then they pulled a black sack over his head and led him to an interrogation cell, where CIA operatives awaited him. They shackled Jesus's wrists and strung...

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:06 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 | 4:48 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 | 1:16 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 | 2:20 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 | 12:48 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 | 12:14 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 | 9:16 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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