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How I Discovered I Was Wrong about the Origin of the Serenity Prayer

The long-standing dispute over who wrote one of the world’s most beloved prayers has at last attained serenity.

Sin in Syria

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

Marriage in the Bible: Love prevails?

For years, I have privately mused that the Bible is a problematic book. As the holy book for Christians, it … Continued

Rep. King using Nixon’s playbook: create the enemies you need

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

A secular view of Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

By Jacques Berlinerblau President Obama spoke on Thursday morning at the 59th annual National Prayer Breakfast. The gathering is one … 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

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

Why the president’s faith matters

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

Profaning creation

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

The Supreme Court and the American mind

Why are we asking if the religious composition of the United States Supreme Court should be more representative of America’s … Continued

Dr. Woodyard’s half century of inspiration

By Andrew H. PincusDenison University Fifty years is a remarkable commitment in any profession. Dr. David O. Woodyard has been … Continued

Obama mixes old-birth culture, new-birth religion

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

Holy wars and weapons

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler As ABC News first reported, Trijicon, a Michigan company, has been supplying rifle scopes … Continued

More war to end war is not just war

Q: Is there such a thing as a ‘just war’? In his Nobel speech, was President Obama right to speak … Continued

Finally, a President with Faith in Science

I couldn’t agree more with President Obama and his decision to restore scientific inquiry and integrity. And I can’t help … Continued

Obama and the Blessings of the Dawn

Decidedly religious imagery framed Barack Obama’s inauguration, as it has done in every other inauguration before it. One could not … Continued

It’s About Time: A President With a Subtle Turn of Mind

We have elected a president who is not only a person of faith but also a person of literate and … Continued

Compassionate Faith: Not an Oxymoron

Regrettably, often when people think of faiths they remember the worst of it. Each tradition has its own history of … Continued

Realistic Hope and Hopeful Realism

The election of Barack Obama says — about America and to the world — that it is open to “realistic … Continued