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Mainline Christianity

Can I Be a Scientist and a Christian?

Martin Thielen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

Years ago, when I pastored a church in Hawaii, I met a young woman named Mary, who was working on her Ph.D. in biology. On the one hand, Mary felt drawn to Christianity. But on the other hand, she struggled with the issue of science and faith, especially evolution.

The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion but Good Religion

Martin Thielen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

What is the proper response to bad religion? Some argue that the answer to bad religion is no religion. A growing number of "new atheists" argue that since religion can be toxic, we need to get rid of faith altogether. But that's a weak argument.

A Resurrected Christianity?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 06.07.2012 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

The crisis is real. Like Andrew Sullivan, I feel its sad and frustrating urgency. But I also know the hope of possibility, for every crisis bears the promise of something new.

Mainline Christianity's PR Problem

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 12.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This is not just the result of well-funded and energetic outreach by newer, more fundamentalist, denominations. It is also the result of our own complacency and lukewarmness.

What's The Least You Can Believe And Still Be A Christian?

Martin Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Martin Thielen

If the only faith options are fundamentalism or no religion, many people will opt for no religion. Thankfully, a better alternative exists.