Charles Hayes: People who identify as religious fundamentalists are very often so fully invested in their beliefs that they perceive opposition of any kind as a mortal threat.
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
WJ Astore: I’ve always liked Christ’s teachings on praying to God in private, rather than standing on a street corner and shouting your beliefs to the masses.
Tom Hall: Heedless of any risk to his personal reputation, Osteen, god’s anointed messenger, held his own humble, personal worship space above the fray, and kept the dirty, mud-soaked rabble, wearing smelly, days-old clothing, from polluting the space.
Peter Laarman: Hay had what every successful fraudster needs, which is the capacity to lie boldly and never turn back.
Peter Laarman: In a realpolitik moment, Saperstein observed that what any religious freedom ambassador can expect to accomplish often depends on other moving parts within government.
Abba Solomon: It is tragic comedy that much of Palestinian agony can be said to originate in an American Jewish identity crisis. Major funding and skilled organizing of the Zionist project came from American Jews.
Larry Wines: Once there was a time when adventure and exploration did not consist of hunting virtual cartoon creatures on a three-inch screen.
Peter Laarman: Without any flag waving on my part (and I do expect many of this year’s July 4 celebrations to be jingoistically repellent beyond belief), I want to propose that there is still a way forward for this country: an alternative to the descent into raw tribalism.
Daniel Schultz: After a long and storied history of melding faith and politics, Democrats have forgotten how to bridge cultural differences by grounding their positions in religious thought.
The sanctification of violence in America’s football is traceable to the Muscular Christianity Movement in the 1980’s.
Pastor Eddie Anderson: All too often those who are down on their luck are also on the outside looking in of our big, pristine, clean churches.
Robert M. Nelson: If Brown’s sincere commitment to scientific inquiry free from witch hunts is to be realized in the Trump era, the incoming NASA administrator would have to transfer JPL management from Caltech to UC. This seems unlikely.
Ken Wolf: Maybe it is time to recognize at a deeper level what is happening in this country now that our fellow citizens have installed Donald J. Trump and his deplorable authoritarian haters in our seats of power in Washington, D.C.