Ron Sider Was a Model for Christians Committed to Justice

His 1978 book, “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger,” helped me through a crisis of faith.

#bible, #christianity-today-magazine, #christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #sider-ronald-j-1939-2022

The Bad Faith of the New Religious Right

Esau McCaulley and Katherine Stewart on how the G.O.P. weaponized Christianity — and where we go from here.

#audio-neutral-informative, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #katherine-stewart, #mccaulley-esau, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #theocracy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Catholicism Remains Strong in Canada

Even as Catholicism wanes in many Western countries, in Canada, it is holding steady as the largest religious denomination.

#alberta-canada, #canada, #christians-and-christianity, #edmonton-alberta, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #indigenous-people, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

An Ode to Bookstores and Promiscuous Reading

I believe in bookstores in part because I believe in pluralism.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #poetry-and-poets

The Culture War That More Christians Should Be Fighting

If we don’t talk about economic justice, we are advancing an emaciated view of Christian political engagement.

#christians-and-christianity, #income-inequality, #internal-sub-only-nl, #philanthropy, #poverty

Abortion Abolitionists Want to Punish Women for Abortion

Abortion “abolitionists” are the outer edge of the anti-abortion movement. They’re looking to gain followers after the decision to overturn Roe, unsettling mainstream anti-abortion groups.

#abortion, #americans-united-for-life, #christians-and-christianity, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #national-right-to-life-committee, #pew-research-center, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #southern-baptist-convention, #tempe-ariz

The End of Roe, From a Pro-Lifer’s Perspective

What the overturning of Roe v. Wade means to abortion opponents like me.

#abortion, #christians-and-christianity, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

How We Came to Believe in Guns

God and guns have become strangely intertwined.

#christians-and-christianity, #daniel-defense-llc, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #sutherland-springs-tex-shooting-2017, #tulsa-okla-shooting-june-1-2022, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

After the Southern Baptist Report on Sexual Abuse, How Can Churches Do Better?

“We often have a very twisted understanding of authority and unity, and it is wielded in a way that keeps whistle-blowers silent.”

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #denhollander-rachael, #internal-sub-only-nl, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

Will Estrada and the Long Roots of Parental Rights

The story behind the parental rights movement and how it seemingly came out of nowhere.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #parental-rights, #parental-rights-foundation, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #will-estrada

A Restored Painting Recalls the Colosseum’s Christian Past

The restoration of a wall painting depicting an idealized Jerusalem is a reminder that the Roman monument, known best for gladiatorial combat, was a sacred Christian space for centuries.

#christians-and-christianity, #colosseum-rome, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

What Does It Mean When Greg Abbott Calls the Uvalde Gunman ‘Evil’?

Christian theology teaches that societies — not just individuals — bear responsibility for evil.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #christians-and-christianity, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #religion-and-belief, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Dozens Feared Dead in Church Attack in Nigeria

Gunmen fired on Catholics celebrating Mass in a usually peaceful part of the country. There was no claim of responsibility and the motive was unclear.

#christians-and-christianity, #deaths-fatalities, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria

Republicans Are Now the Party of the Nonreligious Right

Secularization has supercharged the culture wars and expanded the Republican tent.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief

Uvalde Needs Our Prayers After the Robb Elementary School Shooting

“In prayer, I find the answers I need or the strength I need.”

#christians-and-christianity, #cruz-ted, #grief-emotion, #gun-control, #internal-sub-only-nl, #ministers-protestant, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

The Southern Baptist Moral Meltdown

The church leaders who made themselves blind, and then cruel. 

#baptist-churches, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #christians-and-christianity, #dehumanization, #ethics-personal, #patterson-paige, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention, #united-states, #women-and-girls

When a Pro-Life Doctor Performs an Abortion

If God does not want us to perform abortions, why did he put me in a situation where I would have to do one?

#abortion, #christians-and-christianity, #doctors, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #south-sudan

How Democrats Can Win the Morality Wars

First, they have to understand the deep philosophical differences underlying these conflicts.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #ethics-personal, #freedom-of-religion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #midterm-elections-2022, #philosophy, #rauch-jonathan-1960, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Has Uncorked a ‘Toxic Blend of Extremist Orientations’

The MAGA formula was “a white Christian nationalist strategy from the beginning.”

#christians-and-christianity, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #immigration-and-emigration, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

If Roe Is Overturned, Where Should the Pro-Life Movement Go Next?

“Now is not the time to brag or gloat or celebrate. Now is the time to get to work.”

#abortion, #affordable-housing, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #child-care, #christians-and-christianity, #family-leaves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #poverty, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

How Roe Warped the Republic

Why Roe v. Wade may be overturned by the very forces of polarization it unleashed.

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #womens-rights

Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem

A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

#cable-cars-and-trams, #christians-and-christianity, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem

A Crusade to Challenge the 2020 Election, Blessed by Church Leaders

Some evangelical pastors are hosting events dedicated to Trump’s election falsehoods and promoting the cause to their congregations.

#christians-and-christianity, #colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #evangelical-movement, #flynn-michael-t, #graham-franklin, #jeffress-robert, #ministers-protestant, #peters-tina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #samaritans-purse, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tarrio-enrique, #white-paula-1966

How We Stopped Believing That People Can Change

When we see others as the sum of their past beliefs and actions, nothing added, subtracted or transformed, forgiveness and redemption become impossible.

#apologies, #cancel-culture, #christians-and-christianity, #jews-and-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners

Why Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Really Happened, and Why It Matters

How two poems inspire my Easter prayers.

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #hopkins-gerard-manley, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #poetry-and-poets, #updike-john

Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #moses-prophet, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #passover, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism

What Good Friday and Easter Say About Black Suffering

Jesus’s story does not end with his crucifixion. Similarly, racist violence will not have the final word.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #easter-and-holy-week, #funerals-and-memorials, #jesus-christ

Timothy Keller on Hope Amidst Terminal Cancer

“I look at Easter and I say, ‘Because of this, I can face anything.’”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #keller-timothy-j-1950, #pancreatic-cancer, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Why Liberalism Needs Nationalism and Religion

The Ukraine War could inspire a reassessment of what liberalism should seek to be.

#christians-and-christianity, #france, #fukuyama-francis, #hungary, #le-pen-marine, #liberalism-us-politics, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Growing Religious Fervor in the American Right

Rituals of Christian worship have become embedded in conservative rallies, as praise music and prayer blend with political anger over vaccines and the 2020 election.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #places-of-worship, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Yes, There Is a Clash of Civilizations

What Samuel Huntington foresaw about the current world order.

#caldwell-christopher, #china, #christians-and-christianity, #cold-war-era, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #fukuyama-francis, #huntington-samuel-p, #india, #middle-east, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roy-olivier, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Ireland’s Church Retreats, the Cult of a Female Saint Thrives

The cult of Saint Brigid, with its emphasis on nature and healing, and its shift away from the patriarchal faith of traditional Catholicism in Ireland, is attracting people from around the world.

#christians-and-christianity, #church-of-ireland, #ireland, #kildare-ireland, #nuns, #pagans-and-paganism, #roman-catholic-church, #saint-brigid, #women-and-girls

The Nun Reshaping the Role of Women Inside the Vatican

Sister Nathalie Becquart will play a prominent role at the Synod of Bishops next year as Pope Francis tries to encourage new voices in the hierarchy.

#becquart-nathalie, #christians-and-christianity, #france, #francis, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

For Lent, Consider That We’re All Sinners

A realistic understanding of sin makes forgiveness and grace possible.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief

Ash Wednesday and the Hope It Offers

The pandemic has challenged any expectation that we can control our lives and be rescued from loss.

#cemeteries, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Ukraine’s Fight Feels Close to Home for These Americans

The Russian invasion deeply affects Ukrainians in the United States, but it also resonates with a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor in Texas and a Taiwanese American family in Georgia.

#campbell-university, #christians-and-christianity, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #jehovahs-witnesses, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-samovar, #taiwanese-americans, #ukraine, #ukrainian-americans, #united-states

Divisions Among U.S. Evangelicals

Readers discuss how racial and sexual issues and Donald Trump have led to strife and whether and how evangelism should be saved.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #keller-timothy-j-1950, #presbyterian-church, #trump-donald-j

Putting ‘Jesus’ on Your Bus Isn’t Faith

Kandiss Taylor takes us to a new low with her campaign wheels.

#christians-and-christianity, #elections-governors, #georgia, #internal-sub-only-nl, #slogans-and-mottoes, #taylor-kandiss-1980

‘How Much of My Story Am I Supposed to Share?’

When a former stripper marries a future minister, she goes silent about her past — for a while.

#christians-and-christianity, #love-emotion, #strip-clubs-and-strippers

Patrick Gelsinger is Intel’s True Believer

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, can Intel make its comeback?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #christians-and-christianity, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gelsinger-patrick, #intel-corporation, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shortages, #silicon-valley-calif, #smartphones, #supply-chain, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can These Evangelicals Save Their Movement?

Heartbroken by the path their church has taken, they seek a renewal.

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #denhollander-rachael, #evangelical-movement, #french-david-a, #moore-beth-1957, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention, #united-states

In Congo, Floating Pastors Follow Mobile Flocks Along Busy River

To find the faithful, preachers in some areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo hold church where the crowds are, on boats traveling the country’s water highway.

#christians-and-christianity, #congo-river, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mbandaka-congo-democratic-republic-of, #ministers-protestant, #pentecostal-churches, #rivers

Piecing Together God’s Body, From Head to Toe

In “God: An Anatomy,” Francesca Stavrakopoulou attempts to understand divinity as our ancestors did, as having a corporeal presence.

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #god-an-anatomy-book, #jesus-christ, #jews-and-judaism, #stavrakopoulou-francesca

‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

Michel Butros al-Jisri is among the few Christians left from a once-vibrant community in Idlib on the brink of disappearing. The city, in the only territory in Syria still controlled by rebels, is ruled by Islamists.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #idlib-syria, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Mothers, Absent and Present

Not all mothers have the luxury of being “absent,” a reader writes. Also: A lawsuit against 16 elite schools; the heart of Christianity; jobs in manufacturing. 

#admissions-standards, #christians-and-christianity, #colleges-and-universities, #factories-and-manufacturing, #financial-aid-education, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Good for the Soul

There is hope in the idea that we can change, as individuals and as a society.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #king-martin-luther-jr, #new-year, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Is the West Becoming Pagan Again?

The successor to Christian civilization may resemble the present-day iconoclasm known as woken.

#christians-and-christianity, #pagans-and-paganism, #religion-and-belief

How Christmas Changed Everything

The story of Jesus represented “a wholly new way of being human.”

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #grayling-a-c, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ

Why Jesus Never Stopped Asking Questions

Jesus liked to turn the tables on his interlocutors, especially those who were in the business of asking questions themselves.

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #chhattisgarh-india, #christians-and-christianity, #freedom-of-religion, #india, #law-and-legislation, #madhya-pradesh-india, #minorities, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-india, #religion-and-belief