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Standing With Those Who Fight Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

There is no way to fight jihadist terrorism without undercutting its ideological base. Acknowledging the West's own portion of responsibility in the process of radicalization is critical.

Divine Government: Prophesying Christian Prayers Have No Place at Government Meetings

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Steven Kurlander

Since its founding, our nation's leaders have tried to balance the freedom to practice any religion with the fact that this country has strong Christian traditions. But the country has grown increasingly polarized by the politicization of Christian (and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish) teachings on social issues.

It's Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists 'Christians'

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

To call a response of this magnitude embarrassing is no longer sufficient. In the last two years Fundamentalists have banded behind a fast food chain, racist reality TV star and discriminatory legislation in their attempt to police LGBTQ persons.

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

Bill Maher's Fundamentalism

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Though Bill Maher thinks he is dissing all religion and spirituality, he actually attacks what I would call grade school religion. He even hinted at some respect for the new pope, whom I would describe as representing graduate school religion and above.

Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

The Boston Marathon and Social Media: What If a Terrorist Act Goes Against the Whole World?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Russell C. Smith

Has terrorism finally reached a tipping point? When a terrorist act goes against all of us, every country on Earth has a stake in stopping this type of insane violence against humanity.

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

Good News/Bad News, Mixed Messages & Blessings in Jesuit Takeover of Vatican

Ken Atchity | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Ken Atchity

He has a debatable track record vis-à-vis the Argentine church's relationship with the junta in the 1970s Dirty War, which strained his relations with many liberal Jesuits worldwide. I don't like this story. What's really going on here?

If Jesus Hates Anything Maybe It's Theology

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

  Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. The...

Domination as Politics

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Citizens -- real ones, not the corporate impostors -- across the United States defied the odds in 2008 and elected a president who has not rejected our revolutionary distaste for domination.

Can Newt Stop Himself?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Gingrich's appeal, despite what the former Speaker of the House may have persuaded himself is not due to his shiny policy ideas or proven leadership, but rather simply that he is the non-Romney candidate at the moment the music is about to stop.

Stoking Liberal Fears Of Evangelicals

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 12.09.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Exhibit A is a recent op-ed ominously -- and incredulously -- titled "Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics." I saw it and thought to myself, "Uh-oh. This doesn't sound good."

Minority Report

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Lenny Bruce once riffed that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't even matter if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish."

Was Jesus Wrong?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Stark shows that the Bible isn't just self-contradictory on a few historical details but that within the pages of the Bible is an argument and not just an argument with the outside world: The Bible is an argument with itself.

Pastor Jones, the Clanging Cymbal

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

I attended a wedding this past weekend that included a reading from 1 Corinthians 13. No surprise there, since that seems to be the favored selected r...

Does God Talk to Us Through Fiction? Unpacking a Non-Literal Interpretation of the Bible

Pete Enns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pete Enns

Atheists need to do a better job of not letting Fundamentalists define for them how thoughtful Christians have been thinking about science and faith for a very long time.

Beware Secular Fundamentalism

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

Secular Fundamentalism is no more consistent with what it claims as its roots than Religious Fundamentalism is consistent with its own roots. And neither allows the other to have a real conversation.

I Want to Be Left Behind

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brenda Peterson

As an environmental writer, I see parallels between religious End Timers and increasingly apocalyptic Greens. Original sin among fundamentalists is easily translated into pollution among environmentalists.

CDs and Ardi and Vooks, Oh My!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Sigman

It can be exhilarating to contemplate the digital and evolutionary future. But I don't know if I could bear a world of "vookcases," "vook reports," and God forbid, a New York Review of Vooks.

Living in Paradox: Intention or Surrender?

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arjuna Ardagh

The reality of our life, whether we like it or not, includes both ends of this spectrum. Everything is happening on its own and everything is flowing through intention.

America Needs A True Revolution Of Values

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Who made Carrie Prejean and Mike Huckabee the experts on values? What can Sen. Jim DeMint, Bill O'Reilly or Rep. Michele Bachmann teach me on the subject?

Does the Bible Inspire Hate and Intolerance?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Hoenig

I believe the Bible offers great historical material, but is not and cannot be credited with any Supreme Being as its author.

Women's Rights, Rape and Religion

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Hoenig

For our Afghanistan sisters escaping from a domineering marriage can mean possible death without punishment for the husband since the government recognizes Islamic law as the law of the land.