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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author known for his groundbreaking books on the influence of religion upon history, leadership and politics. His bestsellers have included The Faith of Barack Obama, The Faith of George W. Bush, The Search for God and Guinness and Lincoln's Battle with God. His latest book Killing Jesus, has been descried as "masterful" by Publishers Weekly. He is a popular speaker and appears regularly on network news programs as a commentator on faith and culture. He lives in Nashville and Washington DC with his wife, Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer. He can be found online at

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It Is Time for a Kurdish Nation

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:47 PM

If there is a cause that screams its urgency from today's troubled Middle East, it is the cause of Kurdish nationhood. It sounds forth from the battlefields of the war against ISIS. It echoes from the agonizing disappointments of the Arab Spring. It pleads from the blood of far too...

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The Gorilla Theory of Men

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:58 PM

One of the great tragedies of our age is that serious discussion of men and women is more often a discussion of men vs. women. The sexes must be eternally at war, it seems. There is no gain for the one without loss for the other.

We've heard much...

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Men and Mission: A Lesson From the Incognito Affair

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:39 PM

The much-debated scandal of Miami Dolphins' lineman Ritchie Incognito viciously bullying his teammate has finally been removed from the playing field. Recently, the team announced Incognito won't play again this season, but will be paid.

It is unfortunate the Dolphins took so long to make this decision. It...

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Bad News for America: Religion Enflames the Syrian Civil War

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Religion is at the heart of the Syrian Civil War and this isn't good news. It means that old animosities will likely survive any negotiated settlement or military solution. It means that while the rest of the world thinks in terms of an army, rebels and contested territory, the combatants...

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The Missed Opportunity of the Aslan/Green Moment

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:52 PM

She is tall, pretty, and gifted. She knows her stuff, has had her struggles. She's an African-American woman who works in a largely white male industry. She reports on faith in a news cycle dominated by the pressing and the hard-edged. She's also smart. She's a skilled musician, holds a...

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Crucifying Terrorists

(294) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 8:09 AM

Can terrorists be forgiven? Do they have stories that ought to be heard? Is there more of importance about them than just their acts of evil? Is asking questions such as these part of contending with terrorism in our time?

It could be that answers to these questions are suggested...

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Benedict Speaks: 15 Quotes From the Outgoing Pope

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:23 PM

As Benedict XVI relinquishes the papacy, much of the non-Catholic world has to admit they have seldom heard him speak directly to them in a language they could understand. He is not John Paul II. Benedict's heavy German accent, his advanced age and his more restrained personality -- certainly more...

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Spielberg's 'Lincoln': The Art and the Impartation

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:38 AM

There is a fleeting moment early in Steven Spielberg's recent American opus in which Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln enters a White House room one night to find his son asleep on the floor. The President tosses aside the official papers in his hand, kneels to brush back the hair...

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Abraham Lincoln's Atheist Period

(564) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:26 AM

We have heard the soaring phrases often. They are fixed in the American book of verse. Now, they sound again in Steven Spielberg's magnificent film, "Lincoln."

They come to us as tones of faith from Abraham Lincoln's presidential speeches: "a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this...

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The Mormonizing of America

(3391) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:19 PM

There are nearly seven million Mormons in America. This is the number the Mormons themselves use. It's not huge. Seven million is barely 2 percent of the country's population. It is the number of people who subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. London boasts seven million people. So does...

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'Ministry by Presence' and the Difference it Made at Abu Ghraib

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 10:41 AM

The words still evoke the shame and disgust they did eight years ago. Abu Ghraib. It means "The Place of the Ravens." It was the name Saddam Hussein gave to one of his torture palaces. Chains still hung from its ceilings and blood still spattered its walls when the U.S....

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Why a Candidate's Religion Matters

(24) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 12:37 PM

My Old South grandmother used to tell me that I should never speak of religion and politics in "polite company." She was right. Nothing divides like these two topics and if we wish to preserve harmony with our acquaintances we should find other subjects for discussion.

Until, that is, one...

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8 Reasons Religion Will Help Define the Path to the White House

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:36 AM

The summer months of a presidential election year rarely hint at the "total war" the fall will bring. Publicly, the two campaigns move like panting dogs on an Alabama blacktop in mid-July. Each is content to sniff the other from a safe distance. There are occasional growls, but only such...

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Religious Neutrality In 94% Muslim Iraqi Kurdistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:53 PM

When Americans sent their sons and daughters to fight in Iraq, whether they agreed with their government's actions or not, they hoped for some result greater than mere retribution. They did not wish for miracles, but they did dare to hope that when the war was over there might be...

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Religion and the 2012 Presidential Race, Part I: Is Barack Obama a 'Born Again' Christian?

(34) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Forty years ago, college professors assured their students that our present moment in history would be "post-Christian" and probably "post-religious." It has not proven true. We live instead in an era of roiling religious sentiment and little reveals this as clearly as the religious themes at play in the 2012...

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What the Titanic and a Ship That Sailed 300 Years Before Her Can Teach Us

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 2:27 PM

She was the largest ship in the world. In fact, she was the largest movable object man had ever made. More than 11 stories tall and almost a sixth of a mile long, she dwarfed the seaside buildings of Belfast where she first arose like a colossus and where her...

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Truly Understanding The Agony Of Crucifixion

(79) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 4:53 PM

In the weeks before Easter, during the traditional season of Lent, Christians fix their hearts on the death of Jesus Christ. They reflect upon what he endured because they believe that it was redemptive, meaning that in some miraculous way he suffered what he did for all men. Other faiths...

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The Pastor and the President: A Tale of Faith

(51) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 9:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that the political left in America is suspicious of stories of presidential faith and the political right is suspicious of stories of presidential faith that involve Barack Obama. What we often lose in the crush between the two are those tender, endearing episodes that sometimes arise...

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How Oprah Became America's Pastor

(49) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 1:15 PM

America has recently marked the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, a tearful remembrance of horror in the skies, the loss of our proud towers and the transformation of our national life. Though it is seldom recalled, the events that followed that dark day also included a milestone in yet...

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