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Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 8:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

R.E.M. Taught Me How to Lose Religion and Live a Life of Faith
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... After 31 years, the band R.E.M. has called it a day. ... One of my earliest experiences with m ...

Les Mis
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

I prefer my revolutions to be simple: A corrupt dictator/tyrant, an oppressed population, inspired reformers who risk their lives, calls for democracy, waves of marchers in the streets, background mus ...

Congressman Weiner and the Rules of Decent Behavior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/26/zero-tolerance-trump-schwarzenegger-and-strauss-kahn/" target="_blank">the following in response</a> ...

Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's a constant storyline in the media involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: Men behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women -- using and ab ...

Examples of Civility, Then and Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The calls for a more <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civil discourse</a> in our public life spurred by the shooting in <a href="http://blog. ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Glenn,</p> Dear Glenn, I think we got off on the wrong foot. I listened to your speech last Saturday and heard a lot of things that we agree on. In fact, I have u ...

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 ...

Arizona Reveals a Struggle Beyond the Courtroom and the Ballot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In light of recent events in Arizona, I propose we lead in our communities where national and global leaders lag behind on issues of human rights and love of neighbor. In ligh ...

Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries. ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Free Speech vs. Fundamentalist Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few days back, small groups of college students at <a href="http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/shift-chalks-depictions-of-muhammad-1.2263827">Northwestern</a>,<a href="http ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Christians Must Find a More Christ-like Symbol than 'Crusaders'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine for a minute the fallout were a Muslim high school in America to choose for its mascot "the Jihadists."</p> <p>In that light, how do you think Muslims (or Jews) view Chri ...

Video: Ted Kennedy Speaking at Jerry Falwell's College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bipartisan bridge-building: <span class="description">On Oct. 3, 1983, he addressed Rev. Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bi ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

Fear, Race, and Pride in the Gates Arrest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25cop.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">A <em>New York Times</em> piece</a> picks up on a question <a href=" ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/16/iran-elections-hope-excitement-concern/">The protests rocking Iran</a> are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East reg ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Should We Tolerate Legalized Prostitution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This week has been eventful in Australia. This week has been eventful in Australia. At the launch of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal -- a new fund-raising initiative - ...

I Do Not Want to Be Tolerated or Included
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Interestingly enough, people sometimes get surprised and/or offended when they hear me say that I do not want to be tolerated or included. Interestingly enough, people sometime ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. p ...

Three Encouragements Toward Making Your Churches More Multicultural
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. Ministry has its up and downs. Such is life. But one of the joys of planting and pastoring Quest Church is that it's one of t ...

Prosecuting the Potluckers: Activists Face Legal Challenges for Feeding the Homeless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis wrote a great post last week entitled "<a href="../2009/03/06/6793/">Potluck Perspective</a>." Unfortunately, sharing food with 'the least of these' is aga ...

Bishop Robinson's Lost Prayer at the Inaugural Kick-off
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues and watched every second of the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial live on HBO.</p> ...

Struggling with Tolerance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Frank Schaeffer at The Huffington Post has <a title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/obama-was-right-to-pick-w_b_152330.html" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer ...