Some historic Christian centers (and people!) were part of the collateral damage of the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki 70 years ago today.
Jon Rowe examines the concept of God through the lens of 18th Century American notions of “benevolence” with a special focus on Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Learn a little about Emanuel Swedenborg, whose ideas interested among others Immanuel Kant.
I’ve never done this before — promoted my own comment, that is. But I think I got a pretty decent thought out there.
Jon Rowe notes author Matthew Stewart’s piece on America’s Founders’ cosmic beliefs and considers some present day implications for science, technology and religion.
Jon Rowe examines how David Barton misleads while he attacks better credentialed scholars.
Jon Rowe wonders how a national right to same sex marriage might affect the religious consciences of those who disagree with such.
Jon Rowe ponders the cosmic implications of Islam and Mormonism, and their cosmic relationship to Christianity.
The wisdom of a sports movie and the insight of a litigator show that the best time is now — right now — for the nation to reconcile some of its deep social fissures.
A brief gloss of the complex intellectual and spiritual harmony between the Founders and the Quakers.
Jon Rowe points the reader towards some remarkable research.
It’s entitled “Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding”…
If an employer sees that a job applicant seems to have some sort of religious need for accommodation contrary to the employer’s policies, isn’t the safer thing for the interviewer to do to avoid dealing with the applicant’s religion at all? Antonin Scalia answers that question and Burt Likko breaks down today’s moderately surprising 8-1 decision.
When an atheist prisoner self-identifies as Jewish, it provides an insight into the engine driving what Burt Likko predicts will become the next wave of litigation by the incarcerated against their jailers.
Turns out, a Muslim prisoner has a right to grow a beard even if the warden doesn’t want him to. Burt Likko digests today’s big SCOTUS case of Holt v. Hobbs to reveal something about what this means for those of us who aren’t Muslims in prison.
Christopher Carr asks: where do you stop?
Dennis Sanders shares an episode of This American Life that everyone interested in education should listen to. This is the story of East Ramapo in New York State.
A gay blogger learns that reforming the GOP means focusing on bread and butter issues first, social issues second.
Just how close do I get to religion? Let me tell you.
Advanced showings of Michael Bay’s upcoming Easter movie, which depicts the events immediately preceding and following the crucifixion of Jesus, has come under fire from critics and religious scholars alike. Hoping to stave off protests, Bay has issued both an apology and explanation. Will it be enough?
Should the total, unconditional self-emptying exemplified by Christ be the logic of the Christian life?
Modesty is a virtue, but its promotion has an unwholesome side.
What does the sword have to do with the Christian spiritual life? Everything, according to Michael Voris, the producer of an internet television station. The faithful, he believes, are born for combat.
Too often when we talk about ethnic “culture” in America, we’re really just talking about race and pretending we’re not.
Famed Tiger-Mom Amy Chua’s new book helpfully lets its readers know which cultures and races in America are superior, and which are inferior.
There are a lot of good causes out there. Why focus on poverty? For Poverty Awareness Month.
If you guessed that what’s going on here isn’t exactly about Christianity, I’m in agreement with you.
A Christmas message concerning Pope Francis, political tribalism, and the coming year.
Masses of people agreeing to vote for officials who want to go to war, continue using the death penalty, and tend to oppose programs that would support the poor all so those officials will do little more than pay lip service to the virtue of female chastity surely isn’t the ideal arrangement for a democracy.
We’ve all heard about right wing backlash against Pope Francis. But what about backlash from the left?
Kyle Cupp explains why he doesn’t worry about leading others astray when he writes critically or questioningly about religion.
Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, now with the Family Research Council, wants to be like the Jesus who was a “man’s man,” who had “big, bulging biceps” and “smelled bad.” Nothing is stopping him, but he’s nevertheless concerned with the “feminized” way Jesus often gets portrayed. You know, without massive muscles. Not a tough…
Kyle notes some fallacious reasoning on the part of Reza Aslan.
Awash in the reek of my own community’s orgy of modernity, I found Tim Stanley’s ablution most welcome: In the words of Joe Orton, “Cleanse my heart … let me rage correctly.” So what do I rage against? I hate our economic system that speculates on people as if they were cattle in a market.…
Religious authority ultimately requires not only trust in the office of authority, but also in the specific individuals who hold that office.