Dictatorships, especially totalitarian ones, recognize no objective truth, only what is determined or accepted by the state or ruling elites. Truth is a tool of control, enforced by coercion. The primary tools against this subversion of fact are the transcendent authority of religion, and what is observable in nature, confirmed by conscience.
Fortunately, the April riots in Baltimore eventually subsided, although the underlying causes no doubt persist.
Recently a longtime United Methodist official, lamenting that Israel's Independence Day obscured the Palestinian "Nakba" or catastrophe, urged boycotting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. until the Palestinians have their own Holocaust museum.
Memorial Day is primarily about honoring the legacy of the dead, especially persons who served sacrificially in the military.
Richard Norton Smith's outstanding new biography of Nelson Rockefeller does not directly focus much on the religious beliefs of the wealthy scion and long-time presidential aspirant.
Czech church reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake 600 years ago this summer.
Famous anti-death penalty campaigner Sister Helen Prejean, who inspired the Susan Sarandon movie "Dead Man Walking," testified Monday on behalf of the Boston Bomber facing possible execution for murdering four, including an 8 year old child, and wounding 264, many of whom lost limbs.
A new Pew survey shows the number of Americans identifying as Christians declining from 78% to 70% since 2007.
Recently a group of mostly liberal Protestant clergy (but including a Catholic bishop) signed a Nashville Tennessean op-ed denouncing conservative Tennessee legislators who oppose Obamacare-facilitated Medicaid expansion in their state.
Does Russell Crowe's new WWI-era film The Water Diviner aim to demonize Christianity and exalt Islam?
Here's a marvelous story of the CIA operative who helped some of the 65,000 South Vietnamese who escaped in the final few days before Saigon fell to the Communists on April 30, 1975, just in time for May Day, the international Marxist holiday.
The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith's excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot.
Religious Liberty, Marriage & Liberal Protestants vs. Ecumenical Consensus In the United Methodist Church
These bishops completely ignore that United Methodism officially affirms laws in civil society defining marriage as the union of man and woman.
The ultra liberal United Church of Christ, which boasts of its inclusivity and radical hospitality, has now dropped below 1 million members for the first time. Its latest stats, for 2013, show it at 979,239.
A unlikely founder of American Christian Zionism was a zealous Methodist preacher and business man named William Blackstone, who was a Dispensationalist and Restorationist.
All the justifiable hoopla about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end and Lincoln's assassination has overshadowed yesterday's 70th anniversary of FDR's death.
Is Obama more Christian than David Cameron? Their respective Easter pronouncements might indicate so.
Recently there was an exchange between a senior Russian church official and a Russian Foreign Ministry official in which both largely fault the West for the current Mideast tumult and for the torment of Christians there, while crediting Russian policies
The media and corporate intimidation aimed at Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration laws has justifiably alarmed many Christians and other defenders of conscience rights.
Lifesite News has a nearly 5,000 word interview with a traditionalist Cardinal about Catholic controversies and doctrine, which a Religion News Service headline remarkably distilled down to "Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same."
Hardly anyone ever talks anymore about the Christian Church denomination, even though it is historically Mainline, because it doesn't have many members left and has become culturally marginal.
"Sound of Music" the film with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Diane Sawyers hosted an affecting ABC remembrance of it last evening, interviewing both lead actors.
Wesley Seminary hosted a well attended panel on faith and race last evening, undoubtedly nobly intended, but frustratingly offering few if any clear pathways of hope. Several panelists mentioned the church's supposed "silence" about race. But I've attended official United Methodist governing bodies for my entire adult life, and this "silence" has actually been loud and repetitive across at least thirty years, doubtless much longer.
A new Pew survey of 44 countries reiterates what other surveys have shown for years: Americans are more religious and Americans are more hopeful about their ability to improve their future than are other wealthy countries.
The head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice recently blogged for The Huffington Post an ode to abortionists.