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Evangelicals' Claims of Conservative Supremacy Are Overstated

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

"To (millennials), 'religion' means 'Republican,' 'intolerant,' and 'homophobic, since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves -- or wish to be seen by their peers -- as religious."

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

Could This Bible Story Allow Conservatives to Serve Same-Sex Couples?

John Backman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
John Backman

For years I'd written off my conservative sisters and brothers in Christ until I spent time with them and saw the humans behind the labels. It led me to empathize with them as people even if I didn't agree with them on issues.

Christian Women: Gifted to Lead

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Even among those who support women in ministry, there can be a blind spot when it comes to understanding the long history and entrenched views about women in positions of leadership and influence, particularly in the church.

Banned From Christian Publishing: How My Support for Marriage Equality Cost Me A Book Contract

Brandan Robertson | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Many have said it before, but it bears repeating here. There is a major problem within Evangelical Christianity. And that problem is that many leaders within Evangelicalism have decided that the Gospel is not truly good news for everyone.

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

'Violent Night': A Post-Christmas Meditation for the Cosmos Generation

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

That first Christmas was a precursor to the science-fiction convention used over and over again in Doctor Who, Star Trek and every "galaxy far, far away" -- a "rip in the time-space continuum" -- as infinity takes on finitude, as the creator of the stars embraces a body made of stardust. Flesh and blood, this earthy God.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing on Religious Liberties

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brandan Robertson

As an evangelical Christian and an activist for LGBTQ rights, I am deeply disheartened by the actions we are seeing in Houston. I stand in complete solidarity with the churches and pastors that have been subpoenaed, demanding that these legal actions be reversed.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

Watch: Climate Change -- Faith and Fact

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A majority of Americans think global warming is real and that human activity's a factor, believing in the science behind reports on climate change. But some two-thirds of white evangelical Christians aren't convinced.

Uganda's Anti-Gay Law and America's Right Hand

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

While every American has a right to free exercise, I believe two initiatives of the U.S. government, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the G.W. Bush administration's expansion of the Faith-Based Initiative, have perpetuated a very asymmetrical view of religious freedom.

First Steps on a Pilgrimage: A Reflection on the Thinking of Lee and Vines

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If the Church was able to clarify its understanding of Scripture based on Galileo's new information about the heavens, then we can surely clarify our reading of the Bible based on new information about same-sex relationships.

Michael Sam and the Last Few Yards: Will We Fumble?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Clay Farris Naff

The Supreme Court has broad independence, but it is not immune to public pressure. What pressure does its conservative wing feel? The signs aren't good. The Christian right has great discipline, huge resources, and an unwavering focus on its theocratic goals.

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.

A Catholic and a Protestant Leader Should Talk Climate: A Jewish View

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.

How You Can Tell If a Christian Is Really 'Saved': When They Stop Needing to Be Right

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus told his followers to take up their crosses and follow him before he was crucified, that is to say, before the cross became any kind of religious.

Faith Communities Stress Moral Dimension of Carbon Pollution at EPA

Peter Adriance | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Peter Adriance

What drove me and more than fifteen representatives of other faith communities to deliver compelling testimonies at a hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency last week? The need for robust carbon standards for new power plants in the United States.

Three Reasons You're Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other.

I "Heart" Ron: Young Life, Youth Ministry, and Me

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

I "heart" Ron. He was the main reason I went to the local chapter of the evangelical Christian youth group, Young Life. Yes, I went because I loved--and love--Jesus. But the whole truth is that I initially went to Young Life because I fell head-over-heels in love with Ron in an adolescent, puppy-love kind of way.

Brain Damage in the NFL: A Moral Thorn for Christians

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Pro football has a serious morality problem. I am not talking about promiscuous players or racist team nicknames. Nor am I referring to the "obscene" amounts of money changing hands between the masses obsessed with football and the sports industrial complex that keeps them supplied.

15 Things Not to Say to a Recovering Fundamentalist Christian

Samantha Field | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Samantha Field

There have been plenty of things I've heard since I left Christian fundamentalism after spending 14 years (more than half my life) in it, and most of them make me want to tear my hair out.