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When Christian Arguments Miss the Point
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

The path Jesus actually walked is marked by suffering and total reliance on God. So we debate finer and safer points, which require far less of us. Our impassioned and yet trivial disputes push God away and ma ...

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. Whenever I hea ...

Ham-on-Nye Debate Pits Atheists, Creationists
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Nye may be “The Science Guy,” but Ken Ham is the “Answers in Genesis” man, and a debate between the two over the origins of life has nonbelievers and Christians wringing their hands. ...

Net Neutrality: The Final Battle?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated commu ...

Breaking the Impasse
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson It's time to reframe the church's conversation around same-sex relationships. ...

Angry Senators Afraid of Debate
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

It’s time to confirm Chuck Hagel. It’s time to have the debate. It was the biggest story inside the Beltway. Since last Thursday’s hearing, the whole Washington media machine has ...

Ten Defining Phrases of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 12:14am | Type: Blog

Here are my selections for the ten most defining phrases that will stay with us from the past year. Generally, we only know how history will be remembered once it is in the rearvi ...

Women, Foreign Policy, and the Presidential Debate
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Melanne Verveer’s article in Foreign Policy magazine, I’m going to be listening for what the presidential candidates say tonight about women in this foreign policy focused debate. ...

On Muppets and Candidates
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Tripp Hudgins offers his First Thoughts about the presidential and vice presidential debates. Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together ...

Debating the Value of the Debates
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

These quadrennial campaign sideshows have nothing to do with one's capability, preparation, aptitude or suitability for the presidency. Why, exactly, does it matter if Pres ...

QUIRK: PBS CEO Paula Kerger Addresses Big Bird Craze
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

PBS CEO Paula Kerger addresses the Big Bird, post-presidential debate controversy. OK, the @firedbigbird tweets have been hilarious. And it's almost understandable th ...

Priorities of the First Presidential Debate: Q & A with Marianne Williamson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author and convener of the upcoming Sister Giant conference on women and politics, has called on President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney to address “a meaningful arra ...

Spirited Debate
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The premise of the interview was a discussion of my book, Banned Questions About the Bible, but you’ll soon realize as you listen that we got into all sorts of other interesting topics, such as salvation, inte ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Every four years, posts about politics pop up with increasing frequency on social media, eliciting often-furious back-and-forths that usually end up doing nothing more than reminding each side how right they a ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP Convention Blessing Prompts Debate
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention in Florida next week was seen as a huge coup ...

Gore Vidal and the Death of Refined Public Repartee
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Buckley and Vidal were erudite enough that there was true substance to their “bitter” (and fun) exchanges. The ideas arrived before the witty, cutting remarks that were added like icing on the cake. Today’s pu ...

'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

Is Free Enterprise Moral?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

On Nov. 30, at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis and Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, debated the question, "Is Free Enterprise Moral?" ...

Gang of Eight: GOP Candidates Debate o' the Week
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Another week, another Republican Presidential Debate. This time, eight of the GOP candidates for the nomination spent their evening putting forward their beliefs on the issues of foreign policy and national s ...

Oh My God! A Response to the GOP Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

“Oh my God” was the refrain that kept going through my mind as I watched the Republican presidential candidates talk about their positions on foreign policy at their debate over the weekend. ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Latin American Churches Criticize U.S. Budget Debate, Support 'Circle of Protection'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 140 prominent Protestant leaders from 12 Latin American countries have signed an "open letter to the Christian churches of the United States," asking American Christians to stand with &qu ...

The Works of the Flesh and the Debt Ceiling Deal
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In Galatians 5:19-20, Paul lists the "works of the flesh," contrasting them to the "fruit of the Spirit" immediately thereafter (Gal. 5:22-23). In Galatians ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

What Does it Mean to 'Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?'
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice “And forgive us our debts, as we al ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: 80 Percent of Captured 'Taliban' Were Civilians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

The Faith Community and the Wisconsin State Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus never said anything about collective bargaining. He never called for the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Jesus never said anything about ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

Where are the Women?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Well, the last time I checked, women were in the front lines of civil resistance struggles in <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/03/women-on-the-frontlines-in-bahrain/" target=" ...

African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Dr. On ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

UPDATED: The Hunger Fast Resource Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/the-hunger-fast-resource-post-updated/" target="_self"></a></p> <p>Tuesday, April 26</p> ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:11am | Type: Blog

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/when-will-3-5-million- ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

The Economics of Anxiety
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011? ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

Reagan's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100t ...

Conviction and Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We are both evangelical Christians who believe that our treatment of the poor, weak, and most vulnerable is how a society is best biblically measured. We are both evangelical Chri ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...