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Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, individuals and institutions have cited the Bible to support injustices, such as "holy war" against infidels, the subjection of women, racism and slavery, and the abuse of homos ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Ap ...

Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments. Though it has been two weeks ...

Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm excited about the <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0908&amp;article=with-all-your-mind" href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Everything Old is New Again
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren Ancient Christian practices are finding a home in post-modern Christianity. I was raised Plym ...

Bush's Waviers
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joey Ager On the final working day of the Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated eight countries as egregious ...

Thank You, Michael
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Only God can or ought to judge Michael Jackson's personal life. We do not have enough information to judge his behavior, but we do know that we have lost a true musical genius.</p> ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office. In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan b ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Obama in Cairo: A Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Truth. Respect. Security.</p> Truth. Respect. Security. These three elements of just peace theory found their way into President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo ...

Jeremiah's Change of Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem at the time when the Babylonians were laying siege to the city. Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem at the time when the Babylonians were laying siege to the c ...

Public Spirit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Alexander Marlon Millner Pentecostalism holds promise for a new intersection of fa ...

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Mother's Peace Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water o ...

You Go J-O!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When I found out A Night of Hope with Joel &amp; Victoria would be playing in New York City, at the brand new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend this concert. (Sorry, but if you ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

Evangelicals Need to Love Gay People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jonathan Merritt may be the most courageous Southern Baptist in America this week for his <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/04/an-evangelicals-plea-love-the-sinner.html#more"><em& ...

The Social Side Effects of Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We are at a global turning point. We are at a global turning point. Rampant deforestation, mass extinction of species, global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and the rapid ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

A Christian Mistake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In ominous red and black, last week's <em>Newsweek</em> cover carried the headline, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." The magazine's <a href="http://www.newsw ...

Taxes and Tithes, Contract and Covenant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. We cannot avoid death and taxes. Our own death is an event that we only face once. My faith tell ...

Colorblinded in the Workplace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"Is colorblindness or multiculturalism better for minorities?" I missed <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/03/is-colorblindness-or-multiculturalism-better-for-minorities.h ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Markets, Morality, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Not long ago, those who demonized government and preached the go ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...