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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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Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?

(27) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:59 PM

There is mounting evidence and public awareness that playing football is bad for your brain. And now, to dramatize the statistics and grim anecdotes about ex-players succumbing to dementia and early deaths, we have Concussion -- a major Hollywood movie starring Will Smith.

But is this having any effect on...

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The Republican Race Is a Reality Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 11:08 AM

The Republican presidential race is getting more interesting by the day. For all the wrong reasons.

As if the suspense from the neck-and-neck competition between front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz weren't enough, the media-consuming public has been regaled by the candidates' dramatic rhetoric and incendiary attacks on one another....

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Paul LePage Has More Apologizing to Do

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has now apologized, supposedly, for what media have termed his racially-charged comments about drug dealers with names like "Shifty" and "D-Money" invading his state from New York and Connecticut to deal heroin and impregnate white women.

Time to move on? No. The embattled governor has a...

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Waging Peace on Christmas (or Whatever You Celebrate)

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 5:21 PM

If you're one of the growing number of Americans who are not religious, and if you're irked by religious holiday displays in public spaces this time of year, here's an alternative to fighting what you take to be the government's unconstitutional promotion of religion.

Instead of fighting the Christmas or...

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Religious Freedom Requires Give as Well as Take

(80) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:03 PM

The always contentious issue of religious freedom appears to be heading back to the Supreme Court. Not that this court can be trusted to make a measured decision, but Lord knows we need someone to restore order and bring clarity to the principle and its application, which are subject to...

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The Paradox At The Heart Of The Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 5:06 PM

This piece was originally published on Religion News Service.

(RNS) "Love is our mission." So proclaims the promo language for the Catholic World Meeting of Families, which begins Sept. 22 in Philadelphia and will feature the most famous and well-loved Catholic of them all, Pope Francis.


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How to Secure Gay Rights With Grace

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:49 PM

The gay rights movement and those of us who support it have a decision to make now that the Supreme Court has ruled and same-sex marriage is the law of the land.​

One possible course of action: a mop-up operation whereby the victorious forces seek out and eliminate the holdouts,...

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GOP Candidates Risk Turning the Gospel Into Bad News

(312) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:53 PM

While Republican presidential candidates woo white evangelicals with their professions of piety and dark warnings about the oppression of Christians, a well-known evangelical ministry is gearing up for a very different outreach in a dramatically different setting.

International evangelist Luis Palau and his organization are in the final stages of...

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Charleston Slaughter Demands We Heal Our Sick Society

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Let this awful moment open our eyes and galvanize our action. After the hideous murders of nine black worshipers in a Christian church in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday night, there can be no denying the malignancy in our country. And no denying that the impact of this sickness is hitting...

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5 Challenges Facing the Secular Movement

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 2:12 PM

April 23 was coming-out day. Not for LGBT people, but for a group that hopes to emulate the success of the gay rights movement: agnostics, atheists, humanists and other religion non-believers.

Openly Secular Day, the work of an alliance of secular advocacy groups, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation...

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Pope Puts Climate Heat on GOP

(21) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:21 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 | 1:18 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 | 11:25 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 | 5:30 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 | 6:03 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 | 3:01 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 | 9:09 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?

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:08 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 | 8:13 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 | 12:18 PM

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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