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Security State Superheroes
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down. THE CLASSIC COMIC book hero ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

So Much Is At Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Politics really isn’t the problem here. Nobody wants to talk about what is at the very heart of the problem: race. The battles over immigration reform and race have weighed heavil ...

The Accidental Moral Mirror of Monsters University
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

It struck me that the movie presents – probably quite by accident – an opportunity to talk about a deep moral reality. So what follows will only begin obliquely by talking about cute monsters ...

The Preciousness of the Person
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Elverton Dixon The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Pu ...

Hellfire from Above
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Holt More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence. ...

What's Wrong with Drones?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Under Christian ethics, drone warfare is neither just nor moral. SOME CHRISTIANS seeking moral gu ...

A Spiritual Glossary of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

It is economically sensible to have debt. It is not economically sensible to throw debtors in jail, psychologically, spiritually, or actually. The goal of the following glossary is to get the question of debt ...

For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key. ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees, Part 3
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

This week, in the run-up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we've been taking a look at each of the Best Picture nominees, the stories they tell, and the spiritual questions (and answers) they offe ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together. Overcoming poverty, by creating opportunity, ...

Drones Are Corroding Our Nation's Soul
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

When we so disconnect our warriors from the realities of war, what does that do to their souls and to our collective soul? Do we lose sight of the horrible human cost of war? Do we become arrogant in our perce ...

The NRA's Dangerous Theology
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

NRA's Wayne LaPierre's statement is at the heart of the problem of gun violence in America today — not just because it is factually flawed, which of course it is, but also because it is morally mista ...

On Scripture: How to Vote like a Christian
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

No single party or candidate has a monopoly on loving God and neighbor. It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the ...

Disenfranchisement Is the Biggest Threat of All
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Of all the ugliness in Election 2012, nothing is more disturbing than attempts to prevent people from voting. Voter suppression strikes at the very heart of American democracy. Of ...

Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

SPOKANE, Wash. -- They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row. Cal Bro ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing when philosophers, atheists, or even religious folks on the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the Dalai Lama says it, that’s enough to give me pause and wonder if this ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Jim Wallis on HuffPo Live: Poverty and the Shadow Convention
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners' CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, was a guest on Arianna Huffington's new online news channel, HuffPo Live, today to talk about the face of poverty in this heated election season. ...

Leave No Change Behind
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Brad R. Braxton Preaching for social transformation requires an abundance of courage, moral credibility, and the virtue of precision. ...

Let's Hold the Rich and Powerful Accountable
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

If respect and compensation were determined by actual performance and contributions to the social good, these folks would be in jail or standing in unemployment lines. Here's ...

What Are Our Foundations of Morality?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

During this election time, we have come to expect the rhetoric to replace reason and civility is a term that has no place in our discourses. Our disagreements are often not cognitive disagreements, but differe ...

Is Solitary Confinement a Moral Punishment? (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Last month, the U.S. Senate held its first hearing ever on the issue of solitary confinement in prisons. To draw attention to the issue, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture urged Americans to fast ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was a big day. Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an “Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform.” Instead of ideology, we came together because of morality and common sense. And that’s what l ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

Getting Values Back into the World Economy
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

For The Huffington Post, Max Lux argues that more needs to be done to strengthen the 'moral fiber' of the economy. For  The Huffington Post ,  Max Lux  argues th ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans' cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal ...

Gotham is No Gomorrah: New York's New Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — On the eve of his elevation to cardinal, New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he would like to change the caricature of his city as a modern-day Gomorrah. ...

What They're Saying About the Contraception Compromise
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Friday said that all insurers — not all religious institutions — will be required to offer free contraceptive services to women. Here's what people are saying about it: ...

What the Bible Teaches About Capitalism
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Spero makes some important scriptural points as to the importance of personal responsibility, human creativity, and freedom, but fails to deal with any passages that might temper or balance his views of ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

A fascinating new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that two-thirds of all Americans identify with both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels simultaneously. ...

Why Adapt?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Climate change affects the poorest the hardest. Most things do. In the parts of the world where climate change is most prevalent, it is those who have done the least to cause it that are bearing the brunt of i ...

Is Free Enterprise Moral?
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 1:03pm | 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?" ...

You Make Me Almost Want To Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

I always notice something when speaking to a mostly secular audience. Many people have been so hurt or rejected by the bad religion in which they were raised or have encountered elsewhere over the course of th ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

Science, God, and Presidential Politics Science, God, and Presidential Politics Science and God are again front and center in presidential politics. GOP presidential candida ...

Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey. If older generations paint morality in black and white, young ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Friday Links Round Up: Sign Language. Fashion Tips. Thank You. Interns.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Sign Language. Fashion Tips. Thank You. Interns. Today we say goodbye and thank you to this year's Sojourners interns. Sign Language. Fashion Tips. Thank You. Interns. Today ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

God's Love is Stronger Than Our Doubt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ... ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: The Mind of Christ
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> [Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be pos ...

How Did John 3:16 Become About 'Weirdos and Violence'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? Here's a name for you: Rollen Stewart. Born Feb. 19, 1944. Ring a bell? You probably know who he ...

Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Action Alert

Take Action May 1, 2011 - January 1, 2014 Poverty & ...

Our Budget Must Hold Fast to the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Langston Hughes wrote a short but powerful <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=7JDHPmklV-IC&amp;pg=PA52&amp;dq=Hold+fast+to+dreams+For+if+dreams+die+Life+is+a+broken-winged+bird+That+cann ...