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Culture Wars

The Threat Of Tyranny

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

History abounds with examples of tyrants exploiting groups of people who believed they were about to be saved from the uncertainties of life, and the rule of divide and conquer has been a favorite tool.

Political Poison and Collective Trauma

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Amidst the speed of changes occurring in both nature and culture it takes very little to tear the skin of civilization and reveal massive and festering emotional wounds full of fear, rage, resentment and vengeance.

David Brooks: Racist, Homophobe, Ignoramus

Ira Israel | Posted 08.18.2016 | Media
Ira Israel

Looking at social issues over the past 100 years -- gay marriage, universal health care, public education, the legalization of marijuana, etc. -- it is clear to see that conservatives are consistently on the wrong side of history, selfishly encumbering societal progress.

Why Progressives Shouldn't Celebrate the Decline of the Evangelical Vote

John Compton | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
John Compton

What progressive wouldn't relish the thought of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee? But there should be no sugarcoating the long-term dangers that an irreligious Republican party presents.

The Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Justice Scalia was the proud possessor of a rigorously textual sense of legal reasoning and a decidedly oversized judicial personality. He was known, by friend and foe alike, as the promoter of a novel approach to judicial decision-making known as originalism.

Oscar, For the 88th Time, Do The Right Thing

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

After 88 years, isn't it fair to expect that a societal shift should have already occurred that would result in better representation of the diverse American family in an industry that is inherent to America? Please, Oscar, do the right thing, already!

Donald Trump, the Myth and the Man

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

In the modern world a "myth" is seen as something untrue that people believe in error or out of foolishness. Yet, genuine myths are stories that appear false on the outside; but reveal truths on the inside, when seen in a deeper way.

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

Political Correctness in the Age of Starbucks... and Elsa

Tom Caramanno | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Caramanno

America's culture wars have raged in nearly every imaginable setting, from courtrooms, to CEO boardrooms, to hospital rooms and even classrooms. But who could have possibly foretold that the battle's next frontier would be fought on the Starbucks line?

Overreaching Government "Enables" Culture Warriors

Roger D Barris | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Roger D Barris

Since having sex is neither random nor (typically) undesirable, nor are the costs of contraception that significant, it cannot be "insured."

The War On Christmas Is Real and It's Being Waged by Christians

Zack Hunt | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

By turning Christmas into a battle over ideology and marketing, we -- not Starbucks or Target or anybody else -- strip this holiest of days of the very significance we're claiming to defend.

Mormon Options on 'Church and State'

Martin Marty | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

One does not have to be a Mormon Elder, a Mormon, a believer, to find reason to listen. Nor would Oaks expect everyone to agree with his every line. He is starting a conversation, which is the most subversive thing to do among people who want to prosecute a culture war over religion.

Christians Fighting Christians

Martin Marty | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Cynics, but not only cynics, like to observe, not always inaccurately, that Christians are never happy unless they are fighting -- each other. Certainly, their scriptures have notes of militancy. Most of these signal fighting -- evils at a distance or evils within the self.

How the Pope's 'Shock-the-Yankee' Attitude Got Rave Reviews in the U.S.

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.

What Evangelicals Could Learn From the Pope

Ryan Gear | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Ryan Gear

The Pope is expressing a gracious and loving attitude toward the world, not the militant condemnation and separatism conveyed by some conservative evangelicals. He is moving toward the people, not away from them.

Kim Davis is Not a Hero

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.04.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Kim Davis is a county clerk from Kentucky who was recently jailed for her persistent refusal to issue any marriage licenses because gay marriage viola...

Are Culture Wars the Best Way to Talk About Life?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.31.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I didn't think about it. I never had to think about it, having never carried an unwanted pregnancy. For me, the pro-Life movement was simple, uncomplicated, pretty and sanitized as a small silver ornament.

An Update on the Gay Debate: Evolving Ideas, Untidy Stories, and Hopes for the Church

Julie Rodgers | Posted 07.23.2016 | Religion
Julie Rodgers

When young people have angsted at me about the gay debate, I've just told them to follow Jesus--to seek to honor Him with their sexuality and love others well.

Is the Culture War Over?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and "nurture stable families." But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn't over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can't win.

Christian Fragility

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

By positioning conservative Christians as victims of religious oppression, many conservative Christians can then also ignore the privileges that come with the intersections of their Christian faith with heterosexuality and the very real consequences of heterosexism on the lives of LGBQ people.

Fundamentalists Think Science Is Atheism

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Equating science with atheism is one of the most dangerous byproducts of America's culture wars. This strange polarization portends disaster, as the country divides into factions that cannot find common ground on the way the world operates.

The Fallacy in the Culture Wars: The Individual vs. the Collective

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.15.2016 | Religion
Dave Pruett

At the root of the culture wars lies a fundamental dichotomy in worldviews. Which is more essential to humanity: the individual or the collective?

Bible Society Museum

Martin Marty | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Museum of Biblical Art to Close, Despite Recent Crowds," a New York Times headline read on April 28. The reviews of its current Donatello show were very positive, but, as author Randy Kennedy explained, they could do nothing to help prevent the closing.

Sex Education or Sex Ignorance?

Gabrielle Van Tassel | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Gabrielle Van Tassel

Some fear that teenagers' access to contraceptives and learning comprehensive sex ed will inspire more sexual activity. But as sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame explains, "No comprehensive sex ed = no reliable information on how STDs are transmitted and no understanding of how to prevent them."

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...