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Religious Left

Behaving Badly? Stop Using Religion as an Excuse!

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not so much that religion makes people do evil, it's that it provides a convenient excuse for nearly anything, and that lowers the bar for committing bad behavior we might otherwise avoid. It's time for non-theist and faithful progressives to unite and stop giving the conservative religion a free pass for prejudice.

Katherine Bindley

The Rise Of The Religious Progressive | Katherine Bindley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

A new study has found that while the number of religious conservatives is still greater than that of progressives, the religious left may have a bette...

I'm A Values Voter, Too

Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Gold, Ph.D.

I am a religious person. I believe in God, the Bible is a core touchstone of my life, and I strive to live my life in accordance with the Bible's precepts, commandments and values. I am also a left-wing, liberal, scientifically minded Jewish woman.

Is Barack Obama a 'Born Again' Christian?

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As he stepped into office, President Obama was without a primary spiritual mentor, without a spiritual home and still bruised from the religious bludgeoning of the campaign. Some administration officials report that it was just at this moment that a change began.

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How we live and what we do for the common good is much more important than how we vote. Political affiliation with candidates, parties, and structures is waning -- especially among young people -- and that's good news.

The Evangelical Left In History And Today

Craig S. Keener | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Given evangelicalism's diverse history and its undefined future, it is both inaccurate and unhelpful to stereotype all "evangelicals" as the religious right. Today, stereotyping evangelicalism as a whole only fortifies the influence of the political right.

Occupy The Pulpit

Mark Engler | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Mark Engler

We shouldn't need an ironic borrowing of church mannerisms in order to hear a sermon against corporate greed. After all, why should railing against the evils of consumerism have to be done as a half-in-jest parody by a fake preacher?

Social Justice: A Holy Struggle

Noah Baron | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Noah Baron

This is a holy struggle, but it is not the one that the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells would have you believe in. Our enemy is not the poor, but poverty; it is not homosexuality, but homophobia.

The Rise Of The Religious Left

Claire Gordon | Posted 08.19.2011 | Religion
Claire Gordon

To maintain their congregations, churches will have to recruit immigrants and the young, and to recruit the immigrants and the young, their politics will have to shift left.

Evangelicals and Gays: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

In the spirit of Martin Luther, I have posted on the web "9.5 Theses for a New Reformation" for reimagining the relationship between Christian evangelicals and LGBT people.

Obama's Health Care Pitch Should Be Less, Er, "Christian"

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

Forgive my theological oversimplification but the health care message needs a bit less Jesus and a bit more Moses

Don't Call Yourself Progressive If You Don't Support Sexual Justice

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

You know when marriage equality comes to Iowa that lesbian and gay equality has become a mainstream American value. Yet the Iowa court decision recog...

Obamerica's Digital Congregation

Aimee Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aimee Liu

Thanks to digital organizing, Obama now has a secular congregation as big as America. That congregation elected him. Now that same congregation is going to practice the values that he has preached.

A Spiritual Stimulus Package

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dave Belden

Keynesians listen up: if all workers were paid what they are legally owed (let's not even get to what they're morally owed for a minute--that's more c...

The Religious Left is As Big As The Religious Right

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

In 2004, it occurred to us at Beliefnet that most of the media viewed the religious-political landscape as having two groups: The Religious Right and ...