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We could make some progress toward a resolution by listening to each other more carefully. We need a kind of open, honest and fair-minded debate that might lead radicals to adopt some conservative strengths and conservatives to affirm some radical solutions.
How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-Loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-Range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-Wing Nature Lovers, and Their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (or at Least the Republican Party).
Academic theologians have increasingly given the impression of saying nothing atheists don’t already know.
The "religious right" either neglect or respond inappropriately to the most fateful moral problems confronting humanity.
President George W. Bush’s religious intentions are deeply involved in his administration and especially in the war. It appears his is a religious crusade called by God.
John Dart gives a careful review of the birth and growth of the Charismatic movement within the mainline churches, rising to exhilarating peaks in the late 1970s, then scattering into other movements to where today, it’s influence is inconsequential but for a few exceptions.
"What I learned in Sunday School class: First, don't trust Sunday School teachers. They lie. And second, don't trust God too much. That experience made me a thoroughgoing skeptic, which I have been ever since." The author also learned that God loves everybody, and that includes blacks, lesbians, and pagans.
After 9/11 it didn’t matter in those buildings whether you were an investment banker or a janitor -- everybody was at risk, We are all in this together, and we have responsibility to each other. That feeling is becoming lost and liberals need to articulate it.
Does liberal Protestantism -- as a species of thought, faith and social commitment -- have a future? Religious liberalism, thus understood, is doing rather well and does assuredly have a future.
This is the second portion of a two-part article in which William R. Hutchison affirms the compatibility of a pluralistic society and strongly held convictions. There is "the need for a bolder, more explicit theistic rationale for pluralism as perhaps the greatest unattended need of the moment."
David Brock’s Blinded by the Right is most disturbing as an account of how far conservative sentiments, backed by a well-endowed infrastructure of institutes and media outlets, can take someone in American politics and society.
Since Christian theology is by definition evangelical, it is both natural and arrogant to suggest that theology is evangelical only when it fits into a particular position.
Liberalism as a political theory, understood as a cooperative enterprise for mutual advantage among free and equal persons, is considered by friend and foe alike the essential expression of what it means to he a political animal in the modern West. These two books address these quite different understandings of liberalism, and reach quite different conclusions about its prospects.
Despite divisions and personality clashes, the Religious Right remains a significant political force. The fortunes of the Religious Right are now closely tied to George W. Bush, but it’s possible that Bush will pay only lip service to the cause.