Can the Meritocracy Find God?

The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion.

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He’s Not Here

My father died on Easter Sunday. His spirit is all around.

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Why Is Jesus Still Wounded After His Resurrection?

“The risen but scarred body of Christ is the ultimate signifier of divine empathy.”

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‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

Last year, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. This Holy Week, local Christians are thronging the streets of the Old City.

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

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Trump Ignites a War Within the Church

After a week of Trumpist mayhem, white evangelicals wrestle with what they’ve become.

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The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.

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A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

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New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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The Harvard Professor Who Told the World That Jesus Had a Wife

In “Veritas” Ariel Sabar tells the madcap story of the professor who was tricked by a Florida fraudster into announcing an extraordinary religious discovery.

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A Long Revered Relic Is Found to Be Europe’s Oldest Surviving Wooden Statue

The Holy Face of Lucca, an 8-foot-tall crucifix with a central role in Christian iconography, has survived more than 1,000 years.

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What the Bible Has to Say About the George Floyd Protests

The Psalms are not silent about the rage of the oppressed.

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Trump’s Bible Brandishing Insults the Church Behind Him

The president brandishes a Bible in front of a church, in search of a divine mandate that isn’t coming.

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True Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Black Americans need more than a trial and a verdict.

#bible, #black-people, #evers-medgar, #jesus-christ, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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How Coronavirus Made Our Church Stronger

We may not be able to worship together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t act in concert.

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Their Calling Was to Lay Hands on the Sick. Then Came the Coronavirus.

How the pandemic transformed the lives and ministry of eight Manhattan friars, and what their example can teach the rest of us.

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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

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