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Evangelicalism Is Not a Bad Word: 8 Redeeming Qualities of Conservative Christianity

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Evangelicals and conservative Christians often seem to get a "bad name" in the press and popular culture. It is true that Christians, and evangelicals in particular, have our own portion of historic and contemporary failings. Nonetheless, there continue to be many redeeming qualities of the evangelical faith tradition and those who call themselves followers of Jesus.

Ted Cruz Scares Me the Most

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Let's step back for a moment and consider what a Christian Nation with Christian Laws based on a strict literalist interpretation of the Bible would mean for LGBT people.

How Trump Lost Iowa

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Going forward, I do not see how Trump undoes the damage he inflicted on himself in Iowa. Not only has he unilaterally destroyed his narrative that he is a "winner," but he has now given the rapidly rising, if boyish, Rubio a clear path to victory.

Not the Jesus I Know: Trump, Evangelicals and "The Least of These"

Cara Snider Williams | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Cara Snider Williams

In truth, the life "Jesus taught in the New Testament" bears no resemblance to the life and actions of Trump. It is in the New Testament where Jesus says that his gospel can be summed up in "two commandments": "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

The Church Owes Planned Parenthood an Apology

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Sadly, the silence from Christian leaders once so outspoken about the doctored Planned Parenthood videos has become deafening. But the absence of their leadership shouldn't stop the rest of us from seeking forgiveness no matter how much we may disagree with our neighbors.

Surely Religious Voters Aren't Falling for Trump's Routine?

Tim Suttle | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Tim Suttle

It seems incongruent that religious voters would support someone so devoid of character as Donald Trump. However, recent polling data has Trump leading all other candidates among evangelical voters.

Mexico Matters: Pope Francis's Most Important National Tour

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for a meeting with religious for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life at Paul VI audience hall...

Trumping Political Science? Lessons from Donald Trump's Surprising Campaign

Kirby Goidel | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

It is unclear if Donald Trump has rewritten the rules of political campaigning but he has unquestionably left pundits and political scientists baffled by his success. Most careful observers of politics (present authors included) believed Trump would have washed out quickly and decisively.

Ted Cruz Calleth Out To Iowa's Holy Land, For Yea, It Is Judgment Day

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

CLIVE, Iowa -- Ted Cruz is a U.S. senator from Texas, but by the end of his speech here Wednesday night, he sounded more like an evangelical preacher...

Little Lord Trump (Le Roi) and His MVP, Jesus

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Well-conceived blasphemy can be positive and I believe there's a place for even very irreverent jocularity in faith, belief and even ritual, but when I hear Trump, a man who so flagrantly embodies all that the Jesus of the New Testament is not, call Communion a "cracker," now I am offended.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Sanders Within Half A Percentage Point Of Clinton In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

The HuffPost Pollster average shows a nearly tied race on the Democratic side in Iowa. A candidate's religiosity matters to GOP voters, but less so w...

Will Donald Trump Force the United States Supreme Court to Define "Natural Born Citizen" Regarding Its Applicability to the Eligibility of a Presidential Candidate Who is Not Even African American?

Dana T. Blackmore | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Dana T. Blackmore

Anyone who has a law degree should know that individuals' interpretation of the meaning of a statute (including the U.S. Constitution) means nothing. ...

The Boxer's Prayer

Andrew Johnson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Andrew Johnson

Many professional athletes pray before they compete, but boxers' prayers are special.

Latino Evangelicals: Let's Hold Candidates Accountable

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

Let's move away from facile talking points, easy partisanship, and uninformed voting. Let's recommit ourselves to the arduous task of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God.

Trump Thumps Bible, Bible Thumps Back

Monica Bauer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Monica Bauer

For all my friends who don't know much about Christianity, here's a head's up about Donald Trump's mistake at Liberty University yesterday. Most media talking heads are secular, so they don't get how big a deal it is, but it's... huge.

The Best Answer to Bad Guys With Qur'ans Is Good Guys With Qur'ans

John Barton | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
John Barton

The geopolitical and theological stakes are too high to be distracted by caricatures and reductionism. To move forward, we must embrace our shared and complex humanity, and honor one another's virtues.

WATCH: Survey Reveals a Startling Truth About White Christians

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

White Christians are as a whole less likely to believe the experiences of black Americans than non-Christian whites.

Has Ted Cruz Ever Actually Read the Bible?

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. His dad was/is a pastor and he's a Christian. Surely, Ted has read a least some of it at some point in his life, right? Maybe... and maybe not.

Wheaton College's Orthodoxy Police and the Spiritual Price of Bigotry

David Vanderveen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
David Vanderveen

Wheaton College is a private institution and appears to have the right to admit and remove students, faculty, and administrators based on disagreements over ideas. The real question for a place like Wheaton that attempts to hold itself to the highest moral standard is, "Should it behave this way?"

Why Protestants Argue Over Whether Muslims Worship the Same God

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

Professor Hawkins has stumbled upon another of those theological landmines in the evangelical world: a belief that is rarely mentioned, widely held, little considered, and provokes a fight as soon as it surfaces.

How Nitpicking Liturgy Turns the Church Against Itself

Veronica Wickline | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Veronica Wickline

As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.

Trump and the Bible

Rubén R. Dupertuis | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Rubén R. Dupertuis

Trump appears to have relented to requests for his favorite passages in the Bible by sharing, "Proverbs, the chapter 'never bend to envy.'" But the trouble is that it's not entirely clear that Trump's favorite Bible verse is actually in the Bible.

Modern Day Pharisees Make Jesus an Idol

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

My last HuffPost piece, Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero, provoked debate on a Facebook Christian Blogger group, which isn't...

Who and What Count as Christian?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Tthe question has been forced into the public arena by Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins's personal decision to wear a hijab in "human solidarity" with vulnerable Muslims in America as part of her observation of Advent, and by the college's hamhanded and tone-deaf meanness in fanning the flames of the ensuing controversy.

Climate Change This Week: Humanity Is Drying Out, China Goes Cleaner, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon When Forests Go, So Do These: An Af...