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Be honest about what you're celebrating Dec. 25
Religion News Service | December 23, 2016
We cannot take Christ out of Christmas. But we can ignore him. Many of us will, leaving it to others to adore the baby in the manger.
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The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well Religion News Service, August 31, 2016 So why have commentators bemoaned the absence of Christian thinkers as authoritative voices in American public debates? [ link | pdf ]

The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well Religion News Service, August 31, 2016 So why have commentators bemoaned the absence of Christian thinkers as authoritative voices in American public debates? [ link | pdf ]

Religious traditionalists and LGBT activists should check their passions and compromise Religion News Service, August 24, 2016 A California bill to protect LBGT rights on college campuses has sparked a raucous debate. [ link | pdf ]

Clinton probably won’t court evangelicals. Here’s why she should Religion News Service, July 29, 2016 Politically, she has little to gain and a great deal to lose. But from the standpoint of democratic discourse, the time may be ripe to challenge evangelicals’ loyalty to Republican politicians. [ link | pdf ]

Why NARAL's new video is ethically vapid Religion News Service, July 21, 2016 Unable to abide any consideration of the fetus at all, NARAL portrays abortion as an easy fix for women who do not wish to “incubate a person.” [ link | pdf ]

How 'A Prairie Home Companion' made American religion real Religion News Service, July 6, 2016 Over four decades, Garrison Keillor showed what is good, endearing and enduring about his brand of Protestantism. [ link | pdf ]

On Issues of Race, Southern Baptists Must Move From Gestures to Action Religion News Service, June 16, 2016 Without moral clarity and leadership on substantive issues that matter deeply to African-Americans and other minorities, the SBC’s awakened conscience will start to ring hollow. [ link | pdf ]

Religious Americans Should Take Up Obama’s Call for a Moral Awakening Religion News Service, May 27, 2016 The first visit of an American president to Hiroshima occasions a broader and ongoing debate about the ethics and strategic value of nuclear weapons. [ link | pdf ]

Why United Methodists' Chaos on Sexuality Issues Will Continue Religion News Service, May 23, 2016 United Methodists had a chance to confront reality and begin to chart a way forward. Instead, they ratified the status quo, appointed a committee, and kicked the can down the road. In other words, they did the most Methodist thing ever. [ link | pdf ]

Evangelicals Must Confront the Ethical Dilemma of Partisanship Religion News Service, May 2, 2016 Political parties need vigorous moral and philosophical debate, and that will not happen if evangelicals oppose all Democrats as a matter of course. [ link | pdf ]

How Georgetown Fosters a Civil Debate on Abortion Religion News Service, April 14, 2016 I find the conservative critique that “Georgetown is not Catholic enough” to be weak and misinformed. [ link | pdf ]

Why Doubting the Bible Is Good for Christians The Washington Post, March 25, 2016 I would prefer a faith that can withstand the most stringent intellectual scrutiny, even as I am skeptical that such a thing exists. [ link | pdf ]

On Ash Wednesday, I Remember: I Am a Sinner. I Wil Die Religion News Service, February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday reminds us we are dead in our sins and, soon enough, dead in fact. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. [ link | pdf ]

Is Wheaton Reconciled with Doc Hawk or with Conservative Evangelicals? Religion News Service, February 9, 2016 If separating from a tenured professor under a confidential agreement is “reconciliation,” then surely the word has no meaning. [ link | pdf ]

Is Wheaton Reconciled with Doc Hawk or with Conservative Evangelicals? Religion News Service, February 9, 2016 If separating from a tenured professor under a confidential agreement is “reconciliation,” then surely the word has no meaning. [ link | pdf ]

Evangelicals, It's Time for a Gut Check on Trump Religion News Service, January 28, 2016 The Christian right faces a critical choice: It can be small and have integrity, or it can be “yuge” and disastrous. [ link | pdf ]

Anglican-Episcopal Clash May Spell Theological Revision Religion News Service, January 22, 2016 The censure of the Episcopal Church raises vital questions about whether divergent teachings on marriage and sexuality constitute minor differences of interpretation or major theological revisions. [ link | pdf ]

‘Spotlight’ Movie Explores Journalists’ Catholic Abuse Coverage, Loss of Faith Religion News Service, November 20, 2015 I moved to Boston the week Cardinal Bernard Law resigned. As I read those chilling Globe reports, I sensed that the darkness and an unusually cold winter were apt metaphors for the heartbreak and pain the scandal caused. [ link | pdf ]

Don't Change Catholic Teaching on Marriage, Says Remarried Protestant Religion News Service, November 13, 2015 The Church that Christ founded on Peter should avoid becoming a loose confederacy of warring regional ecclesial jurisdictions. [ link | pdf ]

Why Richard Dawkins' New Book Won't Win Him Many Converts Religion News Service, October 16, 2015 The dialogue between faith and science will continue, but it is doubtful that Richard Dawkins will show interest in contributing meaningfully to it. [ link | pdf ]

In Meeting Kim Davis, Pope Francis Confounds and Challenges Religion News Service, September 30, 2015 Conservative Catholics often complain that Pope Francis, especially in his unscripted moments, sows confusion. Now, for a change, progressives are grappling with that frustration. [ link | pdf ]

Kim Davis' Indefensible Position Puts Traditionalists on the Spot Religion News Service, September 11, 2015 Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has hindered the public debate about religious liberty for traditionalist believers at a time when it needs serious arguments, not circus-tent theatrics. [ link | pdf ]

The Bible Ties Freedom to Debt Relief. Americans Should Too Religion News Service, September 1, 2015 Debt relief would improve prospects for political and economic flourishing for millions of people in dozens of countries. It is literally a life-and-death issue. [ link | pdf ]

For Conservative Christian Colleges, No Middle Ground on Gay Rights Religion News Service, August 14, 2015 After two member schools affirm faculty in same-sex marriages, Tennessee's Union University withdraws from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. [ link | pdf ]

Faith Groups Adding Urgency to Calls for Prison Reform Religion News Service, July 30, 2015 Criminal justice reform is not just an issue. It is essential to the gospel: Redeemed sinners proclaiming mercy in the name of Christ. [ link | pdf ]

Why the Culture War's Losers Shouldn't Retreat from Public Life Religion News Service, July 1, 2015 A critique of Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option" [ link | pdf ]

Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow, and Little Empathetic Listening Religion News Service, June 26, 2015 Most people of faith are either elated or devastated by the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage. Is it possible to sympathize with both? [ link | pdf ]

Why a 'Yes' to Gays Is Often a 'No' to Evangelicalism Religion News Service, June 10, 2015 Can evangelical elites afford to maintain rigid boundary issues around sexual ethics? Can they afford not to? [ link | pdf ]

Are Churches Failing the Poor? Yes and No Religion News Service, May 21, 2015 What do Christians owe the poor? Surely comfortable churchgoers must do more than say, “Be more like me.” [ link | pdf ]

What Catholics Can Teach America about Polarized Politics Religion News Service, May 4, 2015 Compared with secular ideologies and other churches’ political pronouncements, Catholic social teaching offers the most comprehensively and authentically Christian ethic. [ link | pdf ]

Conservative Evangelicalism's Gender Role Rift: Whither Women? Religion Dispatches, April 14, 2015 While most observers wait for evangelicals to shift on marriage, the more salient debates taking place within conservative Protestantism concern women’s roles. [ link | pdf ]

Affirmation Is Not a Civil Right, and It Cannot Be Coerced Religion News Service, April 14, 2015 If traditionalists eventually abandon their religious opposition to homosexuality, it will be because of persuasion, not coercion. [ link | pdf ]

The Southern Baptists' Challenge On Race Religion News Service, March 27, 2015 If Southern Baptists’ public posture remains primarily a catalog of concerns of aggrieved white conservatives, they shouldn’t be surprised if few black folks come along. [ link | pdf ]

Religion Won't Save Cruz's White House Bid The Daily Beast, March 24, 2015 The Texas senator is about to learn that evangelical appeal only takes you so far in the GOP. [ link | pdf ]

Americans of Faith Must Recondsider Stands On Nuclear Weapons Religion News Service, March 16, 2015 The global concern about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons invites Americans of faith to engage a vital issue after years of complacency. [ link | pdf ]

Theological Purity Tests Will Ruin Presidents and the Presidency Religion News Service, February 24, 2015 The trouble with making presidents’ religiosity just another weapon in our ongoing ideological war is that we may have ruined religion for presidents themselves. [ link | pdf ]

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think Religion News Service, January 22, 2015 The absolutism of polarized abortion activists on both sides betrays the more ambivalent views of rank-and-file Americans. [ link | pdf ]

In Defense of Christmas and Easter Christians The Atlantic, December 24, 2014 Rather than judging their lapsed brethren, observant Christians may want to think about how, on Christmas Eve of all days, he might be born in their hearts again. [ link | pdf ]

Before Pronouncing Fido In Heaven, Let's Consider Human Creatures Religion News Service, December 22, 2014 It is at the supermarket, not the pearly gates, where we grapple with pressing ethical and theological dilemmas about nonhuman animals. [ link | pdf ]