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Remaking the Knights of Columbus

Jae C. Hong AP Knights of Columbus honor guard rehearses before the session at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, … Continued

The Christocrats never really went away

The “Christocrats” are back. Not that they ever really went away. When I wrote “The Baptizing of America: The Religious … Continued

Warren Buffett’s ‘nuclear bomb’

Class warfare? Yes, it’s real, and it’s a war.  Indeed, it is an ‘unjust war,’ and immoral. It is not … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Saudi women’s vote great news– If this were 1911

HO AP A Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on … Continued

‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Getting Linker’s “Religious Test” wrong

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Damon Linker – former editor of “First Things” and author of the book Theocons – … Continued

Pulpit fiction

By David Waters Dozens of defiant Christian ministers across the country defied IRS warnings and turned their sermons into partisan … Continued

Tea-publicans and the Know-Nothing recycle

The Tea Party paints itself as something new in American politics: it is not. United States’ history has always harbored … Continued

Peace Talks: Does religion help or hurt?

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

“Bad” popes and bishops

What do Alexander VI, the Renaissance Borgia pope, and today’s Benedict XVI have in common? No, it’s not a sex … Continued

Next for bishops: immigration reform

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic … Continued

In Iran, Change You Can’t Believe In

We appreciate the…opinions of reformists, like Khatami, and their liberal spirit that allows for realistic communication on all issues…The reformative … Continued

Inauguration of a New Spirituality

The most moving words from the past in President Obama’s inaugural speech weren’t the few he quoted from Paul’s letter … Continued

Evangelical Call for Endorsements

Jesus ate with reviled tax collectors, a scandal to religious authorities at the time, but as far as I can … Continued

A Boy’s Kippah and Islam in Indonesia

Last week came the big test: our son entered school and promptly – even enthusiastically – put on his brightly … Continued

Silence of the Lamb

This will be a short response: I’d advise both candidates the same way. Don’t mention religion a single time in … 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

A Very Undead Christian Right

We are hearing a great deal about the emergence of America into a “post-Christian right” era—meaning, essentially, that liberal religious … Continued

Huckabee: The Religious Right is Alive

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” That, of course is the text of the famous cable that Mark … Continued