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The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Me

  The first and only chance I had to meet Mark Tooley in person, the now president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, was in 1994. I was a college student attending Celebrate, an ecumenical gathering of mainline Protestant college students held in St. Louis  I saw Mark with pen and notebook in hand, […]

The Left and Christianity

The religious right has a narrative and there has been a lot of ink spilled in the last week or so to promote it. The short if it comes from Rod Dreher “To be a secular liberal is to hate Christians…” The stories used for evidence to this claim has been; the reaction to the […]

Christian Love and LGBT Folks

When I see critics respond to a Christian by telling them that they’re a bigot because of their loving beliefs, they’re telling that Christian he’s a liar – David French I think this is a real possibility. But it would mean getting a handle on what love means. 1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, […]

The American Evangelical Babylonian Captivity

On all Saints Day 1517 a young German Augustinian monk nailed a set of 95 theses on the wall the Wittenberg Cathedral door which outlined the theological errors and abuses of the church against the common people such as the selling of indulgences. Martin Luther would go on to declare that the people of God […]

Prosecuting false accusers will only make things worse

The Senate voted 50-48 last Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This followed a contentious political fight over allegations by three women that Kavanaugh had committed acts of sexual assault in high school and college. Two days later at Kavanaugh’s swearing-in, President Donald Trump proclaimed him “proven innocent” of sexual assault. In […]

Some Rules for Civility

A lot hinges on the word civility and its meaning. What civility is not Some think it means the avoidance of conflict and the accompanying act of not raising uncomfortable topics. As Morgan Guyton writes Civility means not creating a disturbance ..It means keeping your conversation safe and vanilla with people you don’t know well. […]

A Liberal View of the Trinity

I’ve written on the Trinity before but I wanted another go at it. Because sometimes there is a disconnect between religious doctrine and the issues we face in our world today. And a defense of the Trinity can be seen as obscuring those issues. But to do so, I’ll make a case for the Trinity […]

Is Christianity Exclusive?

  Matt Lewis from CNN writes: Christianity is, by definition, an exclusive religion. Anyone can become a Christian, but doing so means accepting an exclusive doctrine. According to Christ, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This, by definition, means other religions are “false.” It’s a bold claim’; there’s […]

California Bill AB 2943 and What It Means for Religious Freedom

The bill in question, AB 2943, is intended to outlaw the sale of “sexual orientation change” therapy. However, Christian attorneys argue that the bill’s language is so broad that it could be used to restrict the sale of not only therapy, but also Christian books and lectures—including potentially the Bible.

What Does Prayer Accomplish?

Every time there is a mass shooting, and apparently this is the new normal, the question of prayer is raised. It has become evident that too many Republican politicians refuse to enact any meaningful legislation to combat gun violence and instead only offer “thoughts and prayers”. The phrase has been a stand in for doing […]

Epiphany for Progressives

The season of Epiphany began January 6th and continues until Ash Wednesday. Epiphany, in the Greek, could be likened to a manifestation, a striking appearance, or a vision of God. In the Western Church, an epiphany is had by the wise men, who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus. And so Epiphany is inaugurated […]

Columbus Day: What Can We Hold in Common?

So a discussion ensued over the meaning of Columbus Day, not just it’s meaning, but a broader discussion on our national symbols, institutions, and myths. Are there common stories left that bind us as a people? Can we develop better stories than we’ve relied on in the past? Can we re-envision the old stories? Or […]