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Religion & Other Curiosities
October 15, 2014
Secularism

In the Matter of Incest

In mid-September, the German Ethics Council recommended that sexual relations between consenting adult siblings be decriminalized. It is worth noting how all arguments presented in the Council’s carefully worded document are of a completely secular nature.

October 8, 2014
Peace

“Speaking Truth to Power” Redux

A group of progressive Methodists, accompanied by similar-minded other Protestants and Catholics, signed an “Open Letter to President Obama” earlier this summer warning against intervention in the Middle East, even as congress and public opinion have been moved toward action. Are they “speaking truth to power”, or just talking to themselves?

October 1, 2014
Chemin Neuf and the Community of Bose

A New Monasticism

What could monastic life today look like? Two attempts at reimagining how it could thrive in the twenty-first century.

September 24, 2014
Noisy Worship

Joyful Noises

There is ample Biblical warrant for noisy worship. And indeed, noisemaking is a feature of many different religious traditions.

September 17, 2014
Putin & Al-Baghdadi

Genocidal Murders and Ordinary Thuggery

There is no moral equivalence between the Islamic State and Putin’s Russia—the first is a genocidal totalitarianism while the second is brutally authoritarian, but not genocidal. But both want to carve out new or enlarged states across internationally recognized borders, both threaten international stability, and both ultimately legitimate themselves in religious terms.

September 10, 2014
The Many Altars of Modernity

The New Evangelization and its Assumptions

There is an underlying assumption shared by both religious conservatives and their progressive antagonists (they just differ on what to do about it): that modernity means a decline of religion and its concomitant morality. That’s not exactly right, however.

September 3, 2014
Religious Freedom

Coca-Cola and Interfaith Understanding

If you want to get businesses to support your cause, appeal to their interests rather than moral principles.

August 27, 2014
Religion and Pluralism

Interreligious Theology?

Though the official guardians of religious tradition have typically looked askance at the idea of interreligious dialogue, the practice of coming to terms intellectually with other faiths has a long and rich history.

August 20, 2014
Religion and Modernity

Exporting the American Culture War

America’s cultural left and right have globalized the battle over questions of sexuality.

August 13, 2014
Religion and Modernity

Pilgrims

There is something attractive about a group that calls itself “a community of seekers.” The term nicely fits most of us today.

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