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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 m...

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...

Tolerance and Truth(s)

Martin Marty | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Thursday a front-page Chicago Tribune (Dec. 17) story by Manya Brachear Pashman and Marwa Eltagouri awakened us locals to upheavals at suburban Wheaton College, which some--I among them--call the evangelical flagship in higher education.

Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

This is the second entry in the LGBTQ Faith Heroes series. In 2013 Methodist Pastor Frank Schaeffer was removed from ministry for performing his gay...

An Advent Declaration on Gun Violence

Kutter Callaway | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

When it comes to guns, don't give up on the Christian community just yet. We need your prophetic voice. We need your forgiveness. We need you.

Why Cruz Is Far More Dangerous Than Trump

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The poll result tells much about why Cruz is far more dangerous than Trump. But there's more, much more, to tell why. Cruz actually won a key elected office and has the experience in running a real campaign, and building a political apparatus from the bottom to the top to stay in office.

Global Evangelicals Embrace Climate Action

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

While it's unclear whether the framework negotiated by world leaders this week will allow us to avoid the worst effects of climate change, the fact that evangelical leaders are demonstrating their concern for how climate change impacts the poor is very good news.

A Graham Shame

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Troy Jackson

As an evangelical Christian, I've finally come to the sad conclusion that the public rhetoric of the current CEO of the Billy Graham Association is nothing but a #GrahamShame.

The Season of Mary, Spotless Mother of God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Advent is the season of Mary, when we wait with her as the child forming in her womb readies for his unveiling. And each year a number of questions come up, such as: Is Mary the mother of God? Is she without sin?

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christian...

The Coming Evangelical Schism

Joe Boyd | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Joe Boyd

These are testing times. For those of us who come from various Christian Evangelical traditions, a divide is brewing. This gives me no real joy, but it is simply a fact. There are (at least) two kinds of Evangelical Christians in America today. This, I believe, is because there are two different versions of Jesus being taught and worshipped at Christian churches and universities.

When Did The Constitution Become A Religious Document?

John Compton | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
John Compton

When it comes to the Constitution, most of the self-proclaimed evangelicals in the current presidential field want to have it both ways. They pledge fidelity to the principles of the framers, yet their religiously inspired policies are often at odds with any plausible reading of the Constitution's text.

The Un-evolving Relationship between American Christians, Evolution, and Climate Change

Ryan Gear | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

While world leaders convene this week in Paris for the COP21 conference on climate change, could it be that the biblically influenced denial of science is actually what is slowing our country's progress toward mitigating climate change?

Why I Am Renouncing My 2nd Amendment Rights (And Asking My Fellow Christians to Do the Same)

Kutter Callaway | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

In doing so, I'm neither suggesting that we do away with the Second Amendment nor am I attempting to radically reinterpret its meaning. As a follower of Jesus, I'm simply rejecting it.

Evangelicalism, Anti-Abortion Violence, and Contemporary Christian Music

S. Brent Plate | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As we continue to sift through the debris of Robert Lewis Dear's life, we may stumble on a series of signs pointing to a misguided emphasis on violence, toward a literalism that is reading the wrong words in the wrong ways, where satire and violence cross. A life of mixed up chemicals and mixed up genres.

Religion vs Science: A Call to a Higher Standard

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Fully accountable parents must encourage their children to boldly evaluate the inevitable influx of new information with which they will be presented, and prepare them to deal openly with any resulting cognitive dissonance.

Jesus Was a Refugee

Ryan Gear | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

Jesus and his parents were Middle Eastern refugees. The nativity scene, after all, depicts a Middle Eastern family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.

Storm in a Coffee Cup -- Attacking Stereotypes in Place of Reality

Pete Williamson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Pete Williamson

This coffee cup doesn't tell us anything about Jesus, Christmas, Starbucks, or evangelical Christians. But I'm hoping it does teach us something about how quickly imaginary problems can become reasons to stereotype entire people groups.

The Irony Behind the Starbucks Red Cup 'Controversy'

Sam Corey | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Sam Corey

By removing snowflakes from their cups, how are people supposed to know it's holiday season and embody its spirit by being decent people to each other?

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.

Should Catholics Still Watch Football?

Martin Marty | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Is it time for Catholic fans to rethink their love of the game?" In a poll of U.S. Catholic readers -- who are not representative of Catholicism at large -- 70% "agree" that "Supporting the NFL is an ethical conflict of interest for Catholics."