Gustav Niebuhr

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Pope John Paul II: a pontiff made for television

The frequent flyer John Paul II, who visited about 130 nations, including seven trips to the United States, brought the … Continued

“War on Christmas” enters final week

By Gustav Niebuhr Just how old is the idea that segments of corporate America are trying to erode the spiritual … Continued

The pedophilia scandals: The punishing news never stops

By Gustav Niebuhr Other than the election of Pope Benedict XVI five years ago, news stories about the Roman Catholic … Continued

How will pagans vote… and will their ballots make a difference?

By Gustav Niebuhr The “Pagan vote” has been on my mind of late–and not only because the major religious groups … Continued

Ken Buck “disagrees” with separation of church and state

By Gustav Niebuhr I just watched the clip of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck declaring himself four-square against the … Continued

When is yoga NOT yoga (and spiritually “safe” for Christians)?

By Gustav Niebuhr My good colleague at “Under God,” David Waters, wrote a nice piece a couple of weeks back, … Continued

President Bush meets Pastor Bonhoeffer (in 600 pages!)

By Gustav Niebuhr How many Americans, over their first cup of coffee of the day, ask themselves, “I wonder what … Continued

Obama the Christian: the “religious test” for high office

By Gustav Niebuhr Wasn’t it only a month ago that the Pew Research Center announced its finding that nearly one … Continued

Christine O’Donnell and the “Satanic Altar”

By Gustav Niebuhr I’ve been following elections since the 1960s, but this weekend marks the very first time I have … Continued

Memo to Pope Benedict: quit hostile Britain, try the U.S.

By Gustav Niebuhr Dear Pope Benedict: From what I’ve read, no one expects you to have a very pleasant time … Continued

Reading Lincoln at Ground Zero

By Gustav Niebuhr One of the astonishing aspects of the public fight over whether to allow private citizens to open … Continued

Book burning: a terrible freedom

By Gustav Niebuhr How many people remember the photographs of British men in Bradford, England, burning a copy of Salman … Continued

God and guns in the Gulf

By Gustav Niebuhr Pity Louisiana. Yes, BP appears to have capped its awesomely abundant oil leak, but the Pelican State’s … Continued

Shirley Sherrod: Racial healing and God’s amazing grace

By: Gustav Niebuhr The story of how Shirley Sherrod briefly lost a job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and … Continued

Levi, Sarah and American ‘redemption’

BY Gustav Niebuhr What a neat political feat when you can fire off a press release while also climbing Mount … Continued

Peacemaking is more than pointing fingers

By Katharine Henderson and Gustav NiebuhrOn Faith panelists How best to encourage peace in the Middle East? The week of … Continued

Islam’s Immigrant Image

Guest blogger Gustav Niebuhr is an associate professor at Syracuse University and an On Faith panelist. Islam continues to be … Continued

The Decline of the Species

Guest Blogger Gustav Niebuhr is an associate professor at Syracuse University and an On Faith panelist. A week has passed … Continued

Time to Refresh and Reboot

While I’m away, three distinguished On Faith panelists will be keeping an eye on religion in the news for Under … Continued

Secularism Good for the Soul

Looking at the shouting match in our culture, between the forces of aggressive atheism (“The End of Faith”, “God is … Continued