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.
Baptists have long been champions of religious freedom, recounted mega church pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore, in a panel moderated by Judge Ken Starr, president of Baptist affiliated Baylor University.
Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a "Words, Not War, With Iran" coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran's nuclear program
Debates over same sex marriage and homosexuality were previously until fairly recently reserved for historically liberal Mainline Protestant denominations, who've had a 40 year conversation over Christian sexual ethics, having already liberalized theologically in the 1920s or earlier
Southern Baptist thinker Jonathan Leeman wrote a fascinating essay last month on God's purposes for the state. He points out that Scripture commends no specific polity, admits that democracy has benefitted Americans, but warns against idealizing any form of government.
Last evening in Washington, D.C. I was walking by an old United Methodist sanctuary and heard uncharacteristic music emanating from the windows. Curiosity drove me inside, where I was surprised to see a full congregation of almost all twenty-something's singing fulsomely as a band performed behind the altar.
The Imitation Game, like all historical movies, has little relation to actual history and is primarily a fictional interpretation of the brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing who helped break the German military code during World War II.
Religious Left icon Jim Wallis posted his ten 2015 New Year's resolutions in The Huffington Post. They are mostly admirable or benign if somewhat politically correct. Love more. Build racial bridges. Empower women. Embrace hope.
Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
Numerous religious voices have been amplifying the findings from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats' report on enhanced interrogation techniques that are denounced as torture.
This USA Today piece wonders if the religious coalition behind immigration reform, i.e. mass legalization, can survive President Obama's executive amnesty. It quotes Southern Baptist official Russell Moore warning it could indeed fracture the coalition.
Brad Pitt's new WWII film Fury is violent, vulgar, maybe not entirely realistic, but also inspirational. He's a veteran tank commander pushing against heavy German resistance during the war's final days