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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on Wednesday (March 13), after only two … Continued

From the road to Emmaus to the Supreme Court

Mine is not the sort of faith that credits divine providence for the goings-on in the world. But even I … Continued

The arc of the moral universe catches up with Mubarak

On March 25, 1965, having completed the third march to Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke from the steps … Continued

Did Obama’s visit heal Gabrielle Giffords?

Shortly after President Barack Obama visited wounded Arizona Rep. Gabriella Giffords in the hospital and prayed for her, “she opened … Continued

Did God cause Israeli fire?

The north of Israel continues to burn. A forest fire which has already claimed 41 lives, including Haifa Police Chief … Continued

American exceptionalism: power disguised as virtue

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” and that includes you, Mr. President

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

“Through a glass, darkly,” and that goes double for politicians

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

George Washington: moral prophet for America

By Peter A. Lillback When George Washington stepped on the American stage, he became its indispensable leader. From the first … Continued

Writing about Beck: God made me do it

I wasn’t planning to write about the Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall on Saturday but then I felt … Continued

Theological “perversions”

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Does the Constitution assume Christianity?

In America’s public schools, the war for yesterday (that is, how the story of yesterday is to be told) is … Continued

The worst prayers in the world

In citing the worst prayers in the world, I start with the thanksgiving of the Pharisee in the Gospel (Luke … Continued

Vaccination: the moral imperative

Q: Polls show a majority of Americans are concerned about the H1N1 virus (swine flu), but also about the safety … Continued

A Slave to Principle

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler Only U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa saw the problem with a plaque honoring … Continued

Obama’s Post-Modernism

Thursday is National Day of Prayer, as mandated by Congress. What should President Obama do? Should he follow tradition and … Continued

Maimonides and Post-Holocaust Theology

Maimonides’ ideas about divine providence reveal a depth and sophistication lacking in modern Jewish thought, in particular “post-Holocaust theology” (“Where … Continued

“One’s Worldview Should Illumine One’s Decisions”

In the introduction to his Obama/McCain CNN interviews August 16, Pastor Rick Warren used “worldview” as a synonym for a … Continued

Was God Cheering for the Jayhawks?

So we lost to Kansas. And it wasn’t even really close. We’d made plans for replaying our NCAA tourney victory … Continued

The American Spiritual Bazaar: Something For Everyone

The Pew Forum’s survey of the American religious landscape, with its finding that one out of four Americans have switched … Continued