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Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life and communications director at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of "The Evangelicals You Don't Know," published in April 2013

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Pope Puts Climate Heat on GOP

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:21 PM

It comes as bad news to many that Pope Francis' tenure at the Vatican might be short. But there are probably some Catholics in this country who gave a silent cheer when Francis intimated recently that "the Lord has placed me here for a short time" -- especially the surprisingly...

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Presidential Election More Than a Game

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:18 PM

And they're off!

Now that it's 2015, we can say it: There will be a presidential election next year. Public and news media interest will build toward the frenzied crescendo that characterizes these races. After all, in a country that loves competition, what could be more riveting than the contest...

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15 Religion Treasures at Yale

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:25 AM

No one today would speak of Yale as a church school. The gothic tower, not the church steeple, would be the apt symbol of this Ivy League institution. It's been 60-some years since a young William F. Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale, skewering Yale for its secular, liberal...

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Tiptoeing Around Christmas Is Getting us Nowhere

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Ah, the perils and pitfalls of the Christmas ... er ... holiday season.

Like the stockings hung over the fireplace on Christmas morning, my newsfeeds and inbox have been full of holiday-related controversies and things to fret about in this most festive time of year.

One sign of the times...

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Inclusion Gone Too Far: Cal State and InterVarsity 'Derecognition'

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Is the pope Catholic? Is the president of the Christian student club Christian?

These questions might seem equal in their wry obviousness. They're not. In the massive California State University system, as at some other universities, new anti-discrimination rules for student groups mean it can no longer be required that...

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Can Atheists Be Elected?

(35) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Guess how many of the major-party candidates in next month's congressional elections are openly atheist. Hint: You can count them on one finger.

It tells you something that in a time when "no religion" is the category of roughly 20 percent of Americans, virtually none of the hundreds...

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Why Climate Change Concerns Pro-Life Christians

(34) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:09 PM

This is not a post dedicated to bludgeoning those unmoved by liberals' warnings about climate change. It is an invitation to people, especially Christians, to think about what's happening to the water, and what will happen to us if there's not enough of it to go around.

For whatever reason,...

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Are Star Pastors And Celebrity Preachers Losing Their Touch?

(76) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:08 PM

(RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around.

Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Faced with mounting accusations circulating online –plagiarism, misusing church funds to prop book sales, silencing anyone in his church with the temerity to...

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World Cup and Faith Can Conflict, Too

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:13 AM

Soccer fans around the world are glued to the World Cup, and among the takeaways for American viewers is the reality that ours is not the only country where faith and sports form a potent pair. Host nation Brazil pulses with Christian fervor and is undergoing a dramatic shift from...

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Public Schools' New Evangelical Mission

(7) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Picture children in a rundown Detroit neighborhood known for high unemployment and low incomes as they slip past abandoned houses on their way to school. Visualize classrooms of students watching their shot at a bright future slipping further out of reach. Then imagine an army of volunteers from two dozen...

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What Tolerance Truly Means

(15) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:27 PM

Following revelations that recently appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich had supported California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, he is out. And so is tolerance in this country -- at least according to critics of the pressure campaign that led to Eich's involuntary resignation, and other campaigns like it.

For those involved in...

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Young Evangelicals Change Look of the Culture Wars

(28) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 6:02 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The culture wars might be heating up in these parts as the Oregon Family Council and allies mobilize for a ballot measure exempting Christian business owners from providing services for same-sex weddings -- or "participating" in these unions, as proponents prefer to phrase it.

We know how...

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Religious Freedom in Balance

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Can a Christian merchant legally refuse service to gay people? Should a Christian business owner be exempt from providing employees with health insurance that includes contraceptives he deems immoral? As the debates rage and the Supreme Court nears oral arguments in the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate case, it's instructive...

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Churches Confront Sexual Violence

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 7:04 PM

It's a scourge as old as the ages, yet sexual violence against women and children is fresh in the headlines as President Obama launches an initiative to address sexual assaults on college campuses, while the military tries to fix its own problem and newly released documents shed galling light on...

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Evolution Is Not a Matter of 'Belief'

(435) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Do you "believe" in evolution? A new survey reveals that your answer can be predicted in large part by your political loyalties. The Pew Research Center finds that two thirds of Democrats accept the validity of evolution, in contrast with the 43 percent of Republicans who accept it....

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Pope Francis Is Not Liberal Or Conservative: He is Prophetic

(23) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:15 AM

(RNS) It's one thing to say kind words about gay people and atheists while admonishing those who would bury them in stones.

It's one thing to walk humbly and call the Catholic Church to compassion for the poor.

It's one thing to kiss a horribly disfigured man from whom most...

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Prayer at Public Meetings: Be Reasonable

(33) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:20 AM

For the first time in a generation, the Supreme Court is revisiting an issue that has divided, confused and angered Americans for many decades: What's in and what's out when it comes to prayer at government meetings?

The justices heard arguments this week in a case from Greece, N.Y., where,...

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Brain Damage in the NFL: A Moral Thorn for Christians

(220) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Pro football has a serious morality problem.

I am not talking about promiscuous players or racist team nicknames. Nor am I referring to the "obscene" amounts of money changing hands between the masses obsessed with football and the sports industrial complex that keeps them supplied.

I am talking about...

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New 'Safe Zones' Drive Signals Growing Push for Secular Inclusion

(34) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:38 PM

New on the high school and college landscape as the academic year begins: "safe zones" for non-religious students who are fed up with going along to get along with the religiosity that prevails on many campuses, and with the harassment that sometimes awaits those who reveal their secular stripes.

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What the Christian Left Can Learn From the Christian Right

(46) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:56 PM

On most Mondays this summer, protesters have been congregating in North Carolina to raise a moral voice against the actions of elected officials in the Tar Heel state. Beginning at the Capitol last spring, and spreading to other North Carolina cities with the legislative session finished for the year, the...

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