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An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn’t have to be the liberal … Continued

New Gettysburg museum explores role of faith in Civil War

When Confederate soldiers bore down on Gettysburg, Pa., in 1863, a quiet seminary building atop a ridge was transformed — … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

Pope’s final book on Jesus focuses on Christmas birth, hidden childhood

VATICAN CITY — Just in time for Christmas, the Vatican on Tuesday (Nov. 20) unveiled a new book by Pope … Continued

The ‘stupid party’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently urged his Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party.” In order to win elections, … Continued

Dawkins teaches children how, not what, to think

Free Press FREE PRESS “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” by Richard Dawkins. Illustrated by Dave … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Why all religions aren’t equally dangerous

What do atheists think about specific religions, as distinct from all religion? One of the most common accusations leveled against … Continued

Pets after the rapture: a laugh from the dark side of American faith

Gentle readers, I tried–I really, really tried–to resist the temptation to comment on the emotional torment of fundamentalists who are … Continued

Atheists — naughty and nice — should define themselves

I was somewhat taken aback recently when I found myself on a list of “kinder, gentler atheists”–most of them women–compiled … Continued

Engage Hate or Ignore It?

Despite the attitude of many Jewish leaders, I am not certain that ignoring this famously hateful church group at Westboro … Continued

Secularism And Religious Iliteracy

There is no question that more Americans are becoming more secular. That does not mean that America is “losing its … Continued

Oath to God Shows Contempt for Non-Believers

On Tuesday, Barack Hussein Obama will put his hand on a Bible held by Chief Justice John Roberts and take … Continued

Who Wrote the Bible? Does it Matter?

Does “proving” the Bible matter? Even before its nationwide broadcast tonight, Nov. 18, on PBS, “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” an … Continued

Dog Bites Man Story: Evangelicals Want More Religion in the Public Square

I have always insisted that too many Americans mistakenly equate evangelical Christianity with fundamentalism. The basis of evangelical religion since … Continued

Abusing Children in the Name of God

A hemophilic boy in Pennsylvania bleeds to death over a period of two days from a small cut on his … Continued

My Great-Grandfather and the Social Gospel

I recently sent Brian McLaren an e-mail introducing myself as the great-grandson of Walter Rauschenbusch. Brian is a pastor, the … Continued

Cult Plus Time Equals Religion

You might as well ask what is the difference between a “real” government and a political experiment. For the most … Continued

The Importance of Environmental Stewardship

I am encouraged that many evangelical leaders have been stepping forward in recent months to express a concern about global … Continued