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Culture Wars

Coming Out Stories and Culture Wars

Mark Ro Beyersdorf | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Ro Beyersdorf

I've been bewildered by the conversations that have unfolded in the comments section of my essay, "Coming Out Across Cultural Barriers: A Mixed-Race Son's Journey with His Korean Immigrant Mother."

A Progressive's Confessional Journey To Focus On The Family

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

My teeth have been among those set on edge by Focus. But I have found that when you keep your eyes open, you may be surprised by what you see. And when you maintain an open mind, you might be astonished by the changes that can take place in your perceptions and opinions.

Martyrdom Complex

Greg Carey | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Historians have long known that early Christians wrote -- and wrote and wrote -- about martyrs, but evidence from outside the movement simply does not confirm this picture.

Why the Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats

National Journal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Denver

It's no coincidence that gay marriage, gun control, and immigration are all in the news this month. Their prominence measures a critical political shi...

Nirvana in the Supermarket, DOMA on the Line

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

As oral arguments over California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act begin before the Supreme Court, I can't help feeling that marriage equality will soon follow indecency and rock and roll into the halls of blasé consensus.

Abortion Wars Revived in Alaska Legislature

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Some Alaska legislators think they, not doctors, should be the ones to decide when an abortion is medically necessary. And they'll b...

Yes. There Is a Gay NFL Player in the Super Bowl.

Dennis Trainor | Posted 04.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Dennis Trainor

Among the gladiators hurling themselves across the field and at each other with a ferocity that will shorten expected lifespans -- there will be a pla...

I'm Glad My Church Pays For Birth Control

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Birth control is part of how my wife and I try to be faithful stewards of our bodies and our relationship for the sake of both our family and the ministry to which God has called each of us.

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

Winning the Culture War

Craig Crawford | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Obama has successfully stitched together a new coalition in American politics by uniting disparate constituencies behind a populist, progressive vision of middle-class economics and social advancement for all people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift -- Changing the Conversation About Moral Values

Valerie Tarico | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

How can we reclaim the moral high ground in the debate about abortion as a part of thoughtful, wise loving and living? Most Americans think of child...

Dear Christians: Relax. There's No War On Our Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Public expressions of discontent simply add to the negative impressions of Christians as insensitive, whiny and -- let's be honest -- jerks.

School Wellness: The Latest Frontier in the Culture Wars?

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

It was "showdown day" last Tuesday at a packed-to-capacity meeting of the Encinitas, California school board, during which the board faced angry threats of litigation in a heated dispute. The embattled program is yoga. Yoga?

The Aesthetics of Civil Society

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Vince Carducci

University of Illinois Chicago political scientist Kelly LeRoux and co-author Anna Bernadska recently published a study that shows a positive correlation between participation in the arts and engagement with civil society.

'Hope and Change': Not Just for Democrats Anymore

Anna Clark | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Anna Clark

To forge a more resilient Republican Party with the capacity to win over independents, a good next move is to embrace 21st century traits such as collaboration, consensus, sustainability, and diversity.

It Was a Good Election for the Pro-Choice Movement -- But the Culture Wars Aren't Over!

Carole Joffe | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Carole Joffe

In spite of Obama's and Democrats' senatorial victories, the Republicans did very well in state races, where the real consequential action against abortion takes place.

The End of the Culture War? The Real Winner of Elections 2012

Sandip Roy | Posted 01.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

The scorched earth strategy employed by the right's fire-breathing cultural warriors who have demonized the other as treacherously un-American means they have left their own party with very little wiggle room. And in 2012, it showed.

The Future Of Classical Music In New York City

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 11.05.2012 | New York

The last time I played my flute for money was on a New York City subway platform a little over a year ago. It was in the middle of the summer on a par...

Reasons to Stay Together

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Where is the good in the atomization of the world? In building walls, constructing differences, implementing ideologies, confronting religions, imposing control through language? We have plenty of experience of that.

Ready To Jump, Art World?

David R. White | Posted 12.28.2012 | Arts
David R. White

Enough of the cultural silent majority. What's real is that the arts and their peers are well on their way to Armageddon no matter what may take place by a government near you in early 2013.

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Culture Wars Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

(Illustrations by Christoph Hitz) This originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Pigs To The Lake: The Evangelical Exorcism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I don't know what theological changes are needed to save American evangelicals, but I really don't think that we're destined to howl in the graveyard forever. The pigs are headed for the lake, and I believe for the first time in my life that the evangelicals are going to make it.

Jesus Could Be Their Candidate and the Republicans Would Still Lose

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

When the Republicans bring back actual "doctors" and send the "faith healers" back to where they belong, we Americans just might trust them again. Meanwhile we'll reelect our sane president.

What's At Stake for International Religious Freedom in the US Contraception Debate?

Peter Henne | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Henne

Culture war debates are partisan zero-sum issues; there are clear divisions over the issue, one side wins, the other backs down. Many other issues--like human rights--are ones whose normative value most accept, but differ on how to advance them.

Are The Culture Wars Real? A Case For Heresy

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt