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Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.

Maybe Churches Don't Need to be Conservative or Liberal

Dave Schmelzer | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Dave Schmelzer

Earlier today, as I write this, the Supreme Court delivered their gay marriage ruling. My Facebook feed has been surprisingly noncombative. I have lots of lefty friends, so there's no surprise there.

Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Responses to the flag controversy, and the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage and upholding Obamacare are dividing the GOP family.

Why Religious Liberals and Conservatives Should Celebrate the Supreme Court's Decision

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Rather than portend a new dark era for religion, as my debating opponent on Fox News warned on Friday, the decision reminds us of why religious life flourishes in America.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

An Evangelical Pastor At His First Pride Parade

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

I am sorry for the legions of people who have said, done and prayed unimaginable, exclusionary and degrading things in the name of God. I am convinced beyond a doubt God loves each and every part of us as we are created, including our sexual identities.

Charleston: 5 Things White Christians Can Do in Solidarity With Our Brothers and Sisters of Color

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and to revive love, compassion, and tenderness.

A Rabbi Walks Into an Evangelical Church

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Many Jews have stereotypical views of Evangelicals. These stereotypes may persist, but they lack validity. If we are to build meaningful and enriching bridges--bridges that enhance our faiths and ourselves--we need to address and overcome our lingering fears.

Papal Tribunals

Martin Marty | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Can Pope Francis and thousands of Catholic--and other--personnel recover, emerge, and get back to their vital work, regaining trust?

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.

If You Love the Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That to You?

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

We're quick to love like Jesus when the people who need that love are already one of us, but when the people who need loving are people we don't like, people we're afraid of, or people whose lives we "don't agree with," we quickly and unapologetically exchange that love for wrath.

The Duggars Have a Lot to Teach the Church About Islam

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If you're tired of defending Christianity every time another self-professed Christian makes the news for doing something evil, and yet you also find yourself denouncing Islam as an inherently evil religion based on what you see on TV and what little you've read of the Quran, I urge you to stop.

Which Religion Is Dying in America?

Charles Redfern | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Partisans in America's scuffle over religion are either celebrating or panicking, with the fans of Richard Dawkins blowing party horns while clergymen bite their nails. It seems our nation's faith is drowning in a sea of "nones." I admit it. The math initially looks grim.

Joshua Duggar and the Scandal of Evangelical Celebrity

Brandan Robertson | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

The Joshua Duggar controversy is one of dozens of scandals that have emerged from within conservative Christianity. In the midst of the tidal wave of scandal, we must ask whether these situations are a matter of coincidence or symptomatic of a larger issue with the religious system in which they are occurring?

We've Been Thinking About God All Wrong

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The religious news is a wake up call -- but not to a retrenchment of past practices; but a radical reassessment of the way we talk about God.

Evangelicals Struggle To Find A Unified Voice In Washington

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion

Evangelicals have gone through a good deal of handwringing over a younger generation that is less predictably faithful than their parents. Now, evang...

Climate Change This Week: Bi-Polar Problems, Solar Breakthrough and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded.

Where's My Pile of Stones?

Zack Hunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If we insist on continuing to equate stone-casting to simple, yet critical accountability, particularly when children are abused and neither their abusers nor those over them are held accountable, then I have just one question. Where's my pile of stones?

Re-Thinking and Re-Imagining Christianity on Pentecost Sunday

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Audrey Addison Williams

I am compelled to write about what Pentecost means to me and the potential we have to find a deeper meaning that could offer us a breath of new life, and access to the full power of the Holy Spirit active in daily life.

6 Of The Most Ridiculous Stunts Pastors Have Pulled To Get People To Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion

Gone are the days when a banner advertising a revival service was enough to get Americans excited about going to church. Pastor Lawrence Bishop II...

Mike Huckabee Argues Josh Duggar Deserves Forgiveness

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, declared his support on Friday for reality television's Duggar family af...

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

How refreshing it was to be in the presence of leaders of faith -- heads of these huge churches that represent millions -- who are more interested in the needs of the poor and the call of Christ than in being "conformed to this world" and its shallow interests or reducing gospel concerns to a few hot-button social and sexual issues.

Losing Their Religion: Rise of the Nones

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While Americans are still much more religious than Europeans, the overarching trends, highlighted by Pew, suggest that American society is indeed secularizing.

Janie Velencia

More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christia...