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Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is Like Celebrating ISIS

Craig Considine | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Craig Considine

Critics who claim that Muslims are more prone to religious extremism and violence have either forgotten or consciously ignore the West's own dark history of genocide. Christopher Columbus is not someone to be honored.

Russia in Syria - Opportunism or Opportunity?

Amir Madani | Posted 10.08.2016 | World
Amir Madani

By far the greatest threat to international security is the ideological terrorism of Daesh and its ilk, backed by extremist clerics who continue to order the masses to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they consider "holy war" in Syria.

Weighing the Arguments on U.S. Military Action Against ISIS

David Coates | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
David Coates

There are strong arguments making the case for the persistence (and indeed the intensification) of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets. But equally there are strong arguments, less frequently heard perhaps, for why the United States should not continue, and should certainly not intensify, those airstrikes.

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The faith community must remind the world that evil can be overcome, and that individuals involved in evil systems and practices can be redeemed. But how to overcome evil is a very complicated theological question, which requires much self-reflection. In trying to figure out how to overcome evil, it is often helpful to first decide how not to.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Week 4 Game of the Week Pick: The Holy War -- Utah @ BYU

Paul Bessire | Posted 11.19.2013 | Sports
Paul Bessire

The Utes appear balanced overall, ranking #50 offensively and #54 defensively, but that's a little misleading. Utah remains among the better teams in the country at stopping the run. That's very important to note as BYU runs the ball 64.1 percent of the time.

A Catholic War On Primetime

Matt Weber | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Matt Weber

I'm quite certain both teams were included in the intentions of countless rosaries during morning Mass. Prayers not specifically for a win, but as a diplomatic priest would say from the pulpit, "Blessings for our boys to play their best."

The Bad Christianity Behind 'Rape Is God's Will'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Contorted rationalizing of evil can lead someone to conclude a pregnancy from rape is God's will, without any regard for the victim who was raped or how she or he might feel.

How To Stop Religious Warfare

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Nicholas Tampio

In the short term, Chris Stevens' killers should be brought to justice. But stopping religious warfare requires heirs of the Enlightenment, in Europe and America, and advocates of tajdid, in the Muslim world, to convince their peers that such warfare is wrong

Names Can Never Hurt Me

Doug Binzak | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Doug Binzak

Our defenses, our armor, our shields go up, and in this constriction we can get very fixated on our "rightness" and their "wrongness"

Was Christopher Columbus On A Religious Crusade?

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service (RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian cr...

Jesus, Christian Theology And The Death Of Bin Laden

Greg Garrett | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Jesus rejected violence as a solution for his nation, and he rejected it personally, even when given that most powerful of temptations, to save one's own life through the use of violence.

Con Games: Moderate Muslim Double-Talk

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Something possessed me to Tivo Charlie Rose and the fruit of my labors as Ramadan was ending was an interview with the Muslim writer, thinker, and int...