Willis E. Elliott

The Rev. Dr Willis Elliott was a student all his life with 14 years of higher education. He served as dean of exploratory programs at New York Theological Seminary in NYC.

Stories by Willis E. Elliott

Separating Islam and the state

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Abortion as tragic, legal, and good

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Will Obama preach the American sermon to Hu?

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Get Christ into Christmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

“Marriage”? “Family”? “God”?

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Thanks be to you, O Lord

In October 1789, President George Washington declared his support for a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed … Continued

What does “knowing” mean?

In Pew Forum survey released Tuesday (9.28.10) (http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2010/09/is_religious_knowledge_importa/all.html) atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. … Continued

Essential questions for Cordoba in 2010

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

“Terrorism” is newspeak for psychological warfare

In its 2010 National Security Strategy, the Obama administration sought to sever the relationship between Islam and terrorism, rejecting the … Continued

Religions are irreconcilable, people are not

Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ of … Continued

Afghanistan: Give it four months

In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Congress … Continued

Human life is not sacred

Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff tweeted last week’s execution of convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner. “I just gave the go … Continued

Gaza: the will to live injustice

In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to address … Continued

Big spill, big thoughts

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it also … Continued

The Supreme Court and the American mind

Why are we asking if the religious composition of the United States Supreme Court should be more representative of America’s … Continued

Sex and religious beliefs

1….Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? 2…. Is religion a useful tool for helping young people … Continued

Heaven is wherever God’s will is done

What is your vision of heaven? What images from scripture, tradition or your own personal experience describe it best? My … Continued

Maintaining Pastors’ Professional Integrity

Part four of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

America as a missionary society

Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? When … Continued

U.S. foreign policy: mission, message, means

Should U.S. policy get religion? Comments on “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy,” issued by … Continued