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Can You Really Tell the Difference Between Christians and Non-Christians?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 7:56am | Type: Blog

We idolize goodness, morality, and actions while completely ignoring Christ. There is only one difference between Christians and non-Christians: Christ. This is the most important difference, and Jesus wants u ...

Family Values and Murder: The Trial of Whitey Bulger
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

It’s one thing to justify a grab for resources in a divorce court or even a custody battle. But it’s another thing altogether to use betrayal and an appeal to family values to justify murder. Or is it another ...

The Objective Gospel For Suffering Christians
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Since there was nothing within myself that could fix me, where could I look? Where could I turn? Where can any of us look? “The prevailing view in much of contemporary Christia ...

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 ...

God's Love is Stronger Than Our Doubt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's kind of weird how we've named Thomas, "Doubting" Thomas. We don't give the other characters in the New Testament little nicknames ... ...

Libya, Just War, and Augustine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It was on the shores of North Africa that one of the greatest Christian thinkers tried to work out the relationship between Jesus' teachings about loving even enemies and the impending invasion by ...

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- ...

What Does Violence in the Bible Tell Us About God?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1101&amp;article=is-god-violent" target="_blank"></a>I recently received a note from ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

Are Christians the Only Children of God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the film "Dead Man Walking", shortly before Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn) is executed, there's a scene where Poncelet confesses his crime of rape and murder. ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

Deadly Viper: Personal Apologies and Power Structures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/deadly-viper/">an ongoing story</a>, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last fe ...

Mark Sanford's Apology: Neither Sin nor Forgiveness Has any Party Affiliations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the 2008 election season, I kept hearing from some of my conservative religious friends of the great presidential hopes they had for a smart and ambitious governor from South Car ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...