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America Isn’t a ‘Christian Nation,’ and Never Has Been
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

The United States isn’t a Christian nation. It never has been. And if people insist that their religious views should be normative for all citizens, they are perverting what Jesus said and did. ...

Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Were Snubbed by Social Conservative Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men consider ...

Religious Left Says It Won’t Drop the Moral Mantle in 2014
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Faith leaders who sit to the left in American politics say they won’t let the religious right claim the moral mantle in the elections of 2014. On Sept. 9,  they announced a new campaign to boost voter registration and encourage voters, particularly i ...

Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

A Faith, Broken: When Inclusion Evokes Christian Ire
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

For those of us who see the dissolution of imperialist Christianity as both a matter of justice and an opportunity for Christianity’s empire-shaking, subversive potential to be more fully realized, this is, in ...

Jimmy Carter, “Progressive” Evangelicals, And The Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Press

October 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Juicy Ecumenism ...

The End Of The Religious Right, Take 47
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Press

October 29, 2013 Sojo in the News vorjack ...

Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

Love, Faith ... Action!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It wasn’t until I started getting into politics that I really began examining just how strange some of the more vocal positions of the conservative right might look to a person who has never sat in a pew. ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

What's Next for Religious Conservatives?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Barack Ob ...

Questioning the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday's election a defeat for the Religious Right. The results of yesterday’s election appear to show a “ dramatic rejection ” of the Religious Right, writes Dan Gilgoff ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

Farewell Chick-fil-A
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Sure, I’ve known Chik-fil-A was a Christian-based organization with some values that leaned farther right than my own, but I respected their business model and ethic. Plus, I’m used to having fellow Christians ...

Is the Religious Right Marginalizing Itself?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are starting to line up behind Mormon Mitt Romney. But not without hesitation. Writing for The Washington Post 's On Faith blog, David Mason ...

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

People of faith may be tempted to worship at the altar of politics, but make no mistake: The kingdom of God and the kingdoms of politics are never one and the same. Politics is a ...

Santorum Shows the Religious Right isn’t Dead Yet
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

With Santorum on an roll after big primary wins Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, those born-again bigwigs and their allies may be having the last laugh. Does Rick Santorum' ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Nuclear ‘Implementation Study’ President Obama and his advisers are in the middle of a once-in-a-decade study of the nuclear arsenal and nuclear war plans. For strategic and budgetary reasons, they need to further reduce th ...

They're Baaa-aaack: Return of the Christocrats (Who Never Really Went Away)
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The truth, however, is that the religious right, Christian Reconstructionism and Dominionism have never gone away. And now they're back — "big time," as Dick Cheney might say. ...

Brian Stiller answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Then, too, we see how important it is not to make our rendition of the Gospel synonymous with a particular view of economics, role of government, social management or civic engagement. After watching Christian ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Decade Of Progress On AIDS (OPINION) I’ll tell you the worst part about it, for me. It was the look in their e ...

Salt, Light, and Social Change
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Soong-Chan Rah An evangelical scholar looks at Sojourners' role in evangelical social justice. The year ...

Randall Balmer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Blog

The puzzle here is not that readers of the Bible would tilt toward the political left. That, for me, as well as for thousands of other American evangelicals, is self-evident. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Heresy is a strong accusation. Heresy is a strong accusation. But that is right where Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center took his column about Sojourners' ...

Abuses of Faith in this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Yesterday, I <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/04/getting-bey ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Evangelical History and 'Nonperson' Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I recently stumbled across the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/young-evangelicals-Revolution-orthodoxy/dp/0060667257/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274304265&amp;sr=8-2&amp ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Can We Talk?
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren The Manhattan Declaration’s harder challenge. Nobody I’ve ever met likes abortion and conside ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Signs of Evangelical Renewal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

At a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts recently, 500 evangelicals met to discuss how to "renew the evangelical mission."</p> ...

'Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion': Interview with Frank Schaeffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>In my ongoing quest to find a third way between the extremes espoused by the Religious Right and their secular counterparts, I came across the Frank Schaeffer's latest book </em><em> ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Global Warming's Six Americas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer ...

Consequences of the Recession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times, The</em> <em>Washington</em><em> Post</em>,<em> </em>or most oth ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Four Lessons from the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009506344_religiousright21m.html" target="_blank">This <em>Seattle Times</em> article </a>on the current st ...

Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/how-i-and-other-pro-life_b_209747.html"><em>The Huffington Post</em>, former religious-right leader Frank Schaeff ...

A Christian Mistake
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis On ominous red-on-black lettering, a recent Newsweek cover carried the headline, “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” T ...

For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left ...

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 ...