Randall Balmer

Stories by Randall Balmer
All creation has moral standing

Several years ago, while writing “Thy Kingdom Come,” I visited the AuSable Institute, an evangelical environmental study center in Mancelona, … Continued

Who holds the pope accountable?

What questions about the papacy should come out of the clerical abuse scandal?

Pentecostalism’s most effective translator

We called them “holy rollers.” Just about everybody did. But in the evangelical household of my childhood, Pentecostals like Oral … Continued

Vatican’s cynical and opportunistic overture

The Vatican’s sudden overture to disaffected Anglicans strikes me as both cynical and opportunistic. Cynical in that the concession effectively … Continued

God Incarnate, not Internet

Are social media tools a blessing or a curse for people of faith? Should we use digital technology to commune … Continued

Should Clergy Act as State Agents?

New Hampshire became the sixth state to let gay couples wed. The new law was approved after revisions exempted members … Continued

True Faith Not An Empty Ritual

I have no objection to prayers by clergy at presidential inaugurations, though I think the real threat lies not in … Continued

Conservatives Leaving or Left Behind?

The premise of the question is slightly flawed. As Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, has pointed … Continued

Time to Untangle Moral from Legal

John McCain and Sarah Palin say it’s time to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized … Continued

What Do You Do for Jesus?

I would ask both candidates for specific instances when their faith has shaped their public policies. For too long, we … Continued