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Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

A Pope Without a Doctrine and the Media That Helps Make It Up

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis needs to do more than simply author apostolic exhortations and encyclicals, or replace Western Cardinals and Bishops with non-Western Cardinals and Bishops. Now the laity who are energized by Pope Francis' reform need him to use his pen.

The Obama Tactic

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

The Fallacy Of Statements Of Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I have a confession to make. A while back, I was applying for an editing job with a fairly prominent Christian media company, and I was asked to sign a statement of faith. I needed the job, so even though I didn't actually agree with several points in the statement of faith, I signed it.

Do We Really Need Beliefs?

John Backman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
John Backman

Is it time to imagine a Christian faith without specific beliefs? I don't think so, but it may be time to approach these beliefs differently.

The Gospel Redefined

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Carl Medearis

I don't want to redefine salvation. But I do want us to redefine the Gospel. It's a person to be followed. To believe in. To love and worship. Not a religion. Not even ours.

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who's still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned i...

Obama Shifts Spiritual Dialogue to Focus on Possibilities

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzette Standring

Both Gene Robinson and Rick Warren symbolize universal aspirations: that of equality and acceptance, and that of faith-based service to the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised.