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Can Religious Progressives Get Organized Enough to Do Anything?

The six challenges facing religious progressives, based on a recent survey.

Whatever happened to the wrath of God?

Talk about the “wrath of God” kindles all sorts of images in the minds of contemporary Americans. Some immediately think … Continued

An open letter to religious conservatives

Dear Christian Right: GETTY IMAGES Supporters of President Obama cheer as they wait for the president to appear on stage … Continued

Evangelicals and Islam

A group of American Christians, most of them evangelicals, met for four days last weekend with a distinguished group of … Continued

Christmas after leaving the church

By Randy Roberts Potts When I was a kid in the 1980s, I attended a small Evangelical Christian school for … Continued

An exceptional but not chosen people

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

“Separation” claim meant to keep religious people out of political life

While Christine O’Donnell’s apparent ignorance of the actual wording of the First Amendment leaves questions about her constitutional literacy, there … Continued

The new identity politics of religion

As an undergraduate in the early 1990s, the heyday of identity politics, I was a full-throated participant in the protests … Continued

God and country

By David Waters As a culture war battleground, revision of the social studies curriculum standards in Texas isn’t likely to … Continued

The (religious) textbook wars

Who says the culture wars are over? Russell Shorto (who I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Amsterdam) just … Continued

Woodstock Nation Turns 40

Nobody got Woodstock as right and as wrong as Joni Mitchell. Forty years ago, Mitchell sat in an apartment in … Continued

Christian Right Revival?

Is the Christian Right retooling, regrouping or just rebranding? Leaders of two dozen organizations announced this past week the latest … Continued

Compassion Doesn’t Require Conversion

First of all, the U.S. government should not fund “faith-based programs” at all, in order to maintain the separation between … Continued

The Real Jerry Falwell

When my son Jonathan suggested that I write a book about my life with Jerry, it sounded impossible to me. … Continued

Hagee, AIPAC and the GOP

When John McCain hastily rejected the endorsement of televangelist John Hagee last week, he wanted America to believe that he … Continued

When I was a sixteen year old Southern Baptist with my sights set on the White House (I grew up … Continued

Romney Plays the Atheist Card

Sometime in the coming weeks I will point out that far from being a speech in the Kennedy mold (as … Continued

Nine Republicans. No Biblical Citations. Why?

As I prepared for Tuesday’s Republican debate I set out my Faith and Values Pundit’s Kit which consists of a … Continued

Neither Minister nor Saint

My faith motivates me to be interested in politics. The Hebrew prophets and Jesus eloquently express God’s concern for the … Continued

Responses to Readers’ Comments

On Fridays, if all goes according to plan, I would like to try and respond to the comments my readers … Continued