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Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

Chris Hedges and Reza Aslan in Jesus' Service, at Christ's Table

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

I happen to feel drawn to both the Jesus of history Reza Aslan proclaims and to the Christ of faith, and that may be in part because, like Aslan, I no longer regard the Bible as literally infallible or believe it needs to be in order for the Jesus story to be true.

Onward Christian Hell-Busters

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Hell-busters exude the Spirit. They give off a Christ-like spirit. When you're in their presence, you can almost smell holiness. But the holiest of holy smoke has a tinge of the burnt smell with it. It's a smell that tells you it's been slightly singed near the fires of burning flesh and souls on fire.

George McGovern And The Social Gospel Movement To End Hunger

Chris Herlinger | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

The death of George McGovern -- the son of a Methodist minister and himself briefly a seminary student at a Methodist institution -- is a reminder of the good of that Protestant reform impulse, rooted in the Social Gospel movements of the early and mid-20th century.

Can A Hare Krishna Yogi Have A Social Gospel?

Chris Fici | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

As far as I know, I am the only practicing Hindu at Union Theological Seminary right now, and this leaves me in a tough spot. This is because I am not sure how I, as a Hindu, as a "Hare Krishna," fit into the fabric of social justice that defines Union.

Parables Of The Not-So-Social Gospel

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The disciples were astonished by this teaching. "But Lord," said Thomas. "The crowd will go hungry." Jesus was amazed at his hard-headedness. "That's not my problem, Thomas. Better that their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone in authority."

Obama And Romney Should Run On Religion

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Religion is a low priority among voters this year, especially when compared with the economy. And both candidates are acting in ways that will make 2012 the most secular presidential campaign in years.

Creating A New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I simply do not believe that at this point in time the distinctiveness of our different churches is more important than the values and common understandings of Scripture that unite us.

Remembering The LA Riots With Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray Of F.A.M.E

Varun Soni | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Varun Soni

During the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, the Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray became a household name as the city's most visible and effective peacemaker. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss the impact and legacy of the riots for South Los Angeles.

When Will The Christian Right To Return To The Teachings Of Their Gospel?

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Social Gospel Christians have been replaced by an extreme right-wing obsessed with obliterating women's medical and reproductive rights, denying equal treatment for gays, demonizing scientific findings, and otherwise attempting to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone.

Justin Bieber's Ecce Homo

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

It is entirely possible that Justin has more of an influence in the young-person-you-love's life than any clergyperson -- living or dead -- does. That sounds scandalous, I know, but it's true.

Krista Tippett's OnBeing Features HuffPost Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

being.publicradio.org | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion

HuffPost Religion's Senior Editor is interviewed by NPR Host Krista Tippett on the continuing influence of the social gospel movement of his great-gra...

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

Occupy America: A New Great Awakening

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

For Christians, supporting the Occupy America protests should be clear-cut. The protesters are lifting up principles of compassion, justice and love. These principles are central to the Christian faith.

Occupy Wall Street, Nirvana, and the Kingdom of God?

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 12.09.2011 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Perhaps a new song--one more akin to a spiritual cry for justice, rather than a guttural grunge anthem--has begun to been sung. Instead of, "here we are now, entertain us," the chorus beckons for a equality and democracy.

Jaweed Kaleem

What Is God's Role In The Jobs Crisis?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. -- As the nation struggles with 9.1 percent unemployment and President Barack Obama pushes a $447 billion job creation bill, a new survey...

An Evangelical Social Gospel?

Tim Suttle | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr. were both evangelical Christians. They both preached a gospel which was incomplete without the other. Graham's message needs King's message and vice versa.

Called To A Larger View Of Life

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

A larger view of life, as seen through the eyes of Jesus, informs us that the life of a homeless person begging on the street corner is just as sacred as the life of a president of the state.

Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

Evangelicals don't exactly hate Jesus -- they do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them.

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Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
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