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Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown.

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Catholic Schism

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Many conservative Catholics have long viewed Pope Francis with suspicion thanks to his effort to shift the church’s focus away from a culture ...

DOUTHAT: I Love Lena!

The New York Times | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

HERE are some things you may know about Lena Dunham, if you happen to have opened the pages of any New York periodical at any point in the last few ye...

The Rise of the React-o-Cons

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Eventually reform conservatism will collapse upon the weight of its own contradictions. Vitriolic hatred of Obama is a weak attempt at coalition maintenance. The dirty fact is that very few policies can make all the parties of this increasingly fractious coalition happy.

Faculty Supervision and Single-Sex Dorms Just Aren't Effective Ways to Fight Rape Culture

Kaley L. Martín | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Kaley L. Martín

This author places most of the blame for rape on "drinking to blackout," and he wants universities to watch over "weak" women who get preyed on by rich frat boys -- instead of recognizing that full responsibility lies with students who rape.

If Paul Ryan Is a 'Moderate,' I'm the Easter Bunny

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is a sign of how far right the Republican Party has moved that New York Times columnist Ross Douthat describes Rep. Paul Ryan as a "moderate." In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word "moderate" to Ryan on any issue.

Bigots Deserve a Settlement? What Am I Missing Here?

John Saul | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
John Saul

If you can get married, we can all get married, and we don't have to tolerate the rest of your bigotry as a payoff for something you seem to think is a privilege. Marriage is not a privilege; it's a right!

Jon Ward

Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard | Jon Ward | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlike...

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

New York Times' Douthat: Curbing Gun Violence Isn't a Priority; Calls It a "Pet" Cause

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's something callous and almost tasteless about casually dismissing as a "pet cause" the 32,000 Americans who die each year from gunfire, and the 70,000 more who are injured by firearms.

The Republicans' League of Their Own: Reasons, Responses, Recommendations

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It's important because a vibrant two-party system makes our republic stronger. It provides the basis for compromise, forward momentum and progress. If the Republicans continue to play in a league of their own, they and our democracy will be worse off for it.

Against 'Decadence': Fewer Kids, Better Future

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Is having fewer children the mark of decadence? The New York Times' cultural conservative, Ross Douthat, has been arguing that. But he is seriously, even dangerously wrong, and that the people he's criticizing are the ones who are taking responsibility for the future.

A Little Late For A Pivot, Isn't It Mitt?

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

Since the conventions, Romney has been trying to shed his image as a conservative extremist—by disavowing harsher elements of Paul Ryan’s budget, ...

The Growing Contemporary Church

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church.

The Media Myth Surrounding Obama's Negative Campaign

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.07.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Yes, the amount of money the Democrat and Republican candidates are spending continues to shatter all previous benchmarks. That is not in dispute. But in terms of the content and the tone, the race remains reminiscent of previous White House contests.

How Christianity Is Being Saved

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

America has a tradition of Great Awakenings -- times when we remember the Spirit blowing across our land and demonstrating God's power in people's lives. We learned to pray for these renewals because they kept the ship afloat.

A Defense of Liberal Theology

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

The theology that emerges from this narrative asks us to take seriously the redemption of the world which God has loved to the end and is transforming into His kingdom

Saving Christianity

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Are we witnessing a collapse of liberal Christianity because it's trying to adapt to contemporary liberal values? The problem with this static view of dogma is that God doesn't work that way.

The Glorious Episcopal Church

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

What happened at General Convention? Besides beginning to think about restructuring the church and passing a whopping huge budget, we made many statements of belief in the resolutions we passed.

Saving Christianity Through Love Of God And Neighbor

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The trouble has nothing to do with lacking biblical grounding. It has nothing to do with lacking an identity. The trouble comes with putting these theological tenets into practice.

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 09.14.2012 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

The real question is not "Can liberal Christianity be saved?" The real question is: Can Christianity be saved?

Hooray For Heretics

Philip Goldberg | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Conservatives like Douthat, who pine for a mythical version of a church-centered postwar world, might lament that, but I say thank God for heretics. They broaden our minds and deepen our spirits.

The Relationship Between Christianity and Capitalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
Bill Moyers


The Dangers of Contraception Revealed

Robert Walker | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.

Why Ross Douthat Thinks We're 'A Nation Of Heretics'

Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn't mince words in his new book "Bad Religion: How We Became...