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Why atheists should respect believers

Mark Poprocki / iStock Certain atheists are happy to proclaim their disgust for religion and believers whenever they get a … Continued

For Jackie Robinson and Jason Collins, the freedom and grace to play as you are

(Courtesy of Sports Illustrated) When I saw the movie 42, a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in … Continued

The tribe and the war on terror

The following is an excerpt from chapter six of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became … 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

Faithful Citizenship in 2012 

The American bishops’ landmark 2007 instruction to Catholics about politics will be not be changed, but will be re-issued in … Continued

God calls nations to special roles

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

Repudiate terror, then work together

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

Atheism no longer an unquestioned pejorative

A blogger writes earlier this week, “I like your spirited, historically based analysis of the need for public school education … Continued

Haiti and the hypocrisy of Christian theology

We know what caused the catastrophe in Haiti. It was the bumping and grinding of the Caribbean Plate rubbing up … Continued

Thank you, Catholic bishops

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

God, Notre Dame, Country

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending a conference at the … Continued

Benedict the Radical

UNORTHODOXY By Patrick J. Deneen Recent commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to Anglicans to enter the Catholic fold has … Continued

The Nuclear Sword Is Not In Vain

Q: Reacting in part to recent missile tests by Iran and North Korea, President Obama and a unanimous UN Security … Continued

Obama’s Speech Brilliant and Troubling

President Obama’s long-awaited speech to “the Muslim world” contained any number of things which troubled me. They trouble me as … Continued

Parents Relying on Religion to Heal Sick Children

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children? The distortions of religion … Continued

Prayers to Heal the Nations

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

Note to Readers

Ordinarily, I feel my column speaks for itself and responders should have their say. In this case, I take exception … Continued

Getting Grief Right

I can’t remember where I read the comment, but it stayed with me: “If you get your grief wrong, you … Continued

Getting Religion Wrong

In 1970, as remembered in a story I’ve (too?) often told, for my sins I became associate dean at a … Continued