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Charles Colson, 80, hospitalized in critical condition

News that evangelist and Watergate figure Charles Colson has been hospitalized for bleeding in his brain brought me back to … Continued

Has religion made the world less safe?

The Bible depicts a world that, seen through modern eyes, is staggering in its savagery. People enslave, rape, and murder … Continued

Can a Christian be a libertarian?

Charlie Neibergall AP U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at his newly opened Iowa campaign office, … Continued

Why the religious right has a permanent political edge over secular America

If you believe any of the hogwash about the irrelevance of the religious right to this election, take a look … Continued

DADT: the churches ahead of the politicians

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once famously wrote that American churches too often stood as society’s “tail light,” … Continued

Forecasting Black Church Futures

By Josef SorettColumbia University, and Contributor to Although we are only about halfway into 2010, it has already been … Continued

Students on a mission

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall In airports nowadays it’s quite common to see groups of people, young and old, … Continued

Does Wall of Separation extend overseas?

By David Waters Should the federal government pay for a Bible-based sex education program? What if the program instructed youth … Continued

A man who sought to heal racial, denominational divides

Pentecostals and Charismatics emerged in the early 20th century as the fringe and extremist stepchildren of the evangelical movement. A … Continued

Be Suspicious of Religious Authorities Telling You What the Bible Says

I have done Bible studies with battered women for decades. In book chapters and articles, I have written about what … Continued

Without a Better Vision This Administration Will Perish

President Obama has a chance at greatness, but Tuesday demonstrated that his theology could undermine him. Bush is gone and … Continued

Unbuckling the Bible Belt from the Legacy of Slavery

What is going on in the Bible Belt in this presidential year may be historic. Much media attention during the … Continued

What’s Wrong with Black Liberation Theology?

When people talk about Jeremiah Wright, they usually mention that his was the church that called itself “Unashamedly black and … Continued

Media’s Glare Off Focus, Again

The Question: Jeremiah Wright’s sermons continue to be an issue in the presidential campaign. Why? What do you think of … Continued

Proud to Be a Catholic

I am proud. I am proud to be a Catholic after reading Benedict XVI’s homily from the mass he celebrated … Continued

Pope Benedict Wants You!

The Question: Pope Benedict’s recent baptism of a well-known Italian Muslim has prompted criticism in much of the Islamic world. … Continued

King Was Killed Speaking Truth to Power

The Question: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 40 years ago. What are your memories of that … Continued

Memo to Candidates: Pick A Feel-Good Pastor

The Question: How should Barack Obama have responded to inflammatory remarks made by his former pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright? Are … Continued

NFL vs. Deaf Christians?

Last night’s improbable win by the Giants seemed an answer to many a churchgoer’s prayers (and rejection by others!) But … Continued


I couldn’t help but be slightly taken aback by this article in today’s Washington Post. Apparently American churches have found … Continued