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The Edward Snowden Question

What God would say about Edward Snowden’s case of privacy versus security.

My Passover evolution

As an Orthodox Jew growing up in Philadelphia, Passover was my favorite holiday because children were an integral part of … Continued

Gun control in a fallen world

Allison Joyce GETTY IMAGES A Rosary’s cross is seen at a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary … Continued

Protecting circumcision in Germany

Markus Schreiber AP Mohel doctor Yacov Gassinovitch, center, is surround by other Rabbis and relatives as he holds eight days … Continued

Senator Inhofe’s theological conundrum

Senator James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) recent comments about climate change have turned a policy debate into a theological conundrum. As has … Continued

A Catholic candidate for evangelicals?

David Goldman AP Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at to reporters at a campaign event as … Continued

After Breaking Dawn, talking sex and chastity with teens

HANDOUT REUTERS Actors Kristen Stewart (L) and Robert Pattinson, stars of the new film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – … Continued

Abortion as tragic, legal, and good

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Religion: the ultimate tyranny

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Pope Benedict: what the media left out

By Rev. Robert Barron Over a period of about 15 years, in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the German journalist … Continued

National security without religious liberty?

FAITH AND FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr In a previous post, I voiced the fear that the Obama administration was … Continued

Religious freedom needs an advocate

FAITH and FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr On March 30 a diverse group of scholars, policy thinkers, and religious freedom … Continued

Welcome back to medieval times

The recently passed law in Ireland against blasphemy, which threatens $35,000 fines for any person who “publishes or utters matter … Continued

No God? Eat, drink and be merry (Christmas)

Q: What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads will say: “No God? … Continued

Giving thanks for enough

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Thursday we commemorate the sacrifices and hardships of our forbears, and that first Thanksgiving feast … Continued

IRAN: Turmoil is More Hopeful than Order

Given the election-related turmoil in the Islamic Republic of Iran, can democracy ever take hold in a theocracy? How should … Continued

Gods in Spandex

The appearance on the big screen of the comic book — I mean “graphic novel” — “Watchmen” rings an alarm … Continued

A Christian Progressive Happy Birthday to Charles Darwin

In my own work as a Christian progressive, I have found evolutionary biology, and especially the Human Genome Project, a … Continued

Ethics (and Hubris), Illinois Style

I watched, mesmerized, as Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of my state, Illinois, made the announcement of his appointment of Roland … Continued

Belief in God Essential for Moral Virtue?

A growing sector of world civilization is secular; that is, it emphasizes worldly rather than religious values. This is especially … Continued