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An open letter to religious conservatives

Dear Christian Right: GETTY IMAGES Supporters of President Obama cheer as they wait for the president to appear on stage … Continued

How Romney should talk about religion

Michael Conroy AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves after speaking at the National Rifle Association convention … Continued

Liberty, not just freedom, for the Middle East

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

O Holy Night

UnorthodoxyPatrick J. Deneen Despite conservative disapproval of the greeting “Happy Holidays,” as a Christian I take no offense at the … Continued

There isn’t a war on Christmas in North America

By Tim Muldoon This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War on … Continued

American exceptionalism: useless, potentially dangerous

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

Protesting the future or voting Catholic values?

The United States bishops have called for a new social contract in a time of globalization. While it would be … Continued

Christian Right’s attack on rights

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Barbara McGraw, co-editor (with Jo Renee Formicola) of Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on … Continued

Ignorance of Christianity no virtue

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Giving thanks for enough

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Thursday we commemorate the sacrifices and hardships of our forbears, and that first Thanksgiving feast … Continued

Defend the Innocent

Some New York-area rabbis are planning to bring weapons to High Holy Day services this month to guard against terrorist … Continued

A Letter from a Senior Devil on Texas

The Texas Board of Education, the nation’s second largest purchaser of public school textbooks, is revising its K-12 social studies … Continued

Rediscovering Athens and Jerusalem

The American Declaration of Independence is wise when it appeals both to the truths of nature and nature’s God. Without … Continued

Revolutionary Freedom of Religion

JUST LAW AND RELIGION by Michael Kessler Independence Day is a good opportunity to take a moment to ponder how … Continued

Freedom from Religion

The following remarks were delivered at the opening of a debate which will be aired on PBS over the next … Continued

The Secular Taboo: Response to Panelists

Over the past three years I have been making a variety of arguments about American secularism, nearly all of which … Continued

Do Christian Beliefs Preclude Freedom of Speech?

In the 17th century, John Locke published Two Treatises of Government and also A Letter Concerning Toleration. These two essays … Continued

President Bush, Jesus and Social Revolution

Jesus’ call to prioritize the poor, the sick, the prisoner, the hungry speaks to a radical alteration of the social … Continued