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Jonathan Merritt is a senior columnist for Religion News Service and the author of the new book, “Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined.”

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“Normalize”: The New Word Scaring Conservative Christians

To resist the normalization of LGBT couples means working to push them to the margins.

Why I’m a Millennial Who Left Evangelicalism

A Q&A with Rachel Held Evans on the ills of American Christianity and what attracts millennials to church.

If Gay Marriage Is Legalized in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?

Progressives may have the momentum, but conservatives still have a majority.

Tony Campolo to His Humanist Son: “I Leave Judgments in the Hands of God”

Bart Campolo, the son of a famous evangelical leader, is now the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Mark Driscoll’s Downfall

When we celebrate the downfall of another, we wake to realize we are also celebrating our own.

Why I Accept Mark Driscoll’s Apology and You Should Too

This situation has reminded me that the Christian community must be as generous with the salve of forgiveness as we are with the acid of criticism.

Why I Went Public About My Sexuality Story

Being vulnerable can be costly — but not nearly as expensive as hiding the truth.

The myth of Mitt Romney’s evangelical problem

Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington … Continued

Analysis: The unexpected evangelical silence on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

Now that Mitt Romney has sewn up the Republican nomination, the GOP can move beyond a tumultuous primary season. But … Continued

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Three decades ago, the evangelical faithful was galvanized by public debates over abortion, the size of the federal government, the … Continued

A new way of being Christian

Three decades ago, the evangelical faithful was galvanized by public debates over abortion, the size of the federal government, the … Continued

Shooting underscores need for civility

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Eco-friendly Christian theme park confounds

When Answers in Genesis (AIG), a Christian ministry in northern Kentucky announced that it was going to build a new … Continued

American exceptionalism rooted in bad theology

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Debate over president’s faith is distracting

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Young Christians move away from partisan politics

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Why aren’t Christians mourning the oil spill?

By Jonathan Merrittauthor The most destructive oil leak in U.S. history has been devastating: 11 people are dead, approximately 20 … Continued

Does the environmental movement need the faith community?

By Jonathan Merrittauthor Everyone seems to be going green these days, even a growing number in the faith community. A … Continued

Manhattan Declaration unlikely to inspire young Christians

By Jonathan Merrittauthor Take more than a hundred conservative Evangelicals, mix in a handful of Catholics, and sprinkle in a … Continued

The Uncertain Future of Evangelical Voters

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, I wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled, “WWJD? … Continued