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Pope Francis: A ‘good Christian’ prays for bad politicians

ROME — Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday (Sept. 15) gently chided Christians to … Continued

Roe v. Wade anniversary: How abortion became an evangelical issue

Prior to Roe v. Wade in 1973, evangelicals were, with a few notable exceptions, confused and uncertain about the question of abortion.

What we tell our kids about the Easter Bunny

Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year for Christians—and rightfully so. It’s an occasion for us to celebrate the … Continued

President Hu Jintao, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama

This is the second in a series of five columns written by Matteo Pistono for the visit of Chinese President … Continued

What We Tell Our Kids About Santa

‘Tis the season . . . for parents to decide if they will tell the truth about Santa.

2010 electoral results bad news for secular Americans

It is undeniable that the economy dominated campaign 2010 and that cultural issues at the nexus of religion and politics … 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

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

One nation, until death do us part

By Melody Fox Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming Methodist-Jewish nuptials prompted me to reflect on interreligious marriage as an important part of … Continued

The Reproductive Right

The most nausea-inducing and (unintentionally) comic quote of the mid-term campaign so far comes from Carly Fiorina, the ousted CEO … Continued

Interview with Jim Wallis about Glenn Beck and ‘social justice’

Here’s a transcript of my April 7 video interview with Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Sojourners Christian community and … Continued

Do religion’s dropouts become warriors for reason?

For those who long to loosen the grip of the most anti-rational forms of faith on the American public, there … Continued

Evangelicals for pluralism

Time Magazine recently did a piece on evangelicals bridging the racial divide. It describes the work that Willow Creek founder … Continued

The year in faith and reason

So-called events in the history of religion, like events in the history of reason, tend to be identifiable only in … Continued

Manhattan Declaration unlikely to inspire young Christians

By Jonathan Merrittauthor Take more than a hundred conservative Evangelicals, mix in a handful of Catholics, and sprinkle in a … Continued

Faith After the Quake

By Salma Hasan Ali Four years ago today, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake devastated Kashmir. More than 80,000 people died. 3.5 … Continued

4 Ways to Judge “Values Voter Summit”

By Robert P. Jonespresident, Public Religion Research This weekend, conservative Christian activists will gather at the fourth annual “Values Voter … Continued

Men are from Tyre,

Robert P. Jones and Daniel CoxPresident, Research Director, Public Religion Research In 1969, sociologist Jeffrey K. Hadden warned of the … Continued

Religion, Violence and My Murdered Friend

Aasiya Zubair, who was murdered at the Buffalo offices of Bridges TV, was my friend and colleague. In fact, the … Continued

The Religious Case For

Here is the sad truth about the unimportant, uninteresting, irrelevant, add no value and unfortunately polarizing and divisive way in … Continued