Religious Liberty Battles Ahead Highlight Gorsuch’s Importance as Conservative Nominee for SCOTUS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters If confirmed as expected this week by the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee would join his new fellow justices in time to act on divisive cases concerning religion, guns, and big business, underscoring Neil Gorsuch's importance as the fifth... Read More »

Some Protestant pastors preach on race but most leave it to others

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Adelle M. Banks (RNS) Close to half of Protestant senior pastors have recently preached on racial reconciliation and more have publicly prayed about it, but few find that their congregations are urging them to address the topic. A new LifeWay Research survey also finds that most pastors have... Read More »

Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion? Humanists think 2017 is their time to grow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post The name of the gathering almost sounded like an oxymoron: the “Humanist Clergy Collaboratory.” A meeting to organize religious leaders — for people who don’t believe in organized religion? “Well,” Amanda Poppei joked, “some people would say we’re not that... Read More »

Is Free Speech Good for Muslims?

Monday, March 27, 2017
Mustafa Akyol, New York Times I recently watched a curious debate that took place in 2015 at the Free Press Society of Denmark. On one side was Geert Wilders, the far-right Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner whose ascendance to power was, I’m happy to say, checked by the elections in the... Read More »

Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

Thursday, March 23, 2017
(RNS) Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-known conservative Christian thinkers, Princeton Theological Seminary has reversed course and said Keller... Read More »

Mr. Modi’s Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists

Thursday, March 23, 2017
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, NY TIMES Since he was elected in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has played a cagey game, appeasing his party’s hard-line Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and economic growth. Despite worrying signs that he... Read More »

Trump’s new drone strike policy might violate centuries of Christian ethics

Thursday, March 23, 2017
By Jacob Marthaller, Washington Post Reports emerged last week that the White House will make it easier for the United States to launch drone strikes, potentially opening the door to attacks that could kill civilian bystanders. Compared to another travel ban, a new health-care law and an... Read More »

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
By Tom Gjelten WASHINGTON -- The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country. For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-... Read More »

Failing Quebec’s Muslims

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
By MARTIN PATRIQUIN MONTREAL — “Where is it written in the criminal code that I don’t have the right to leave someone a pig’s head? Is it Islamophobic? Well, no, it’s just an anodyne gesture.” So said the Quebec City radio host Éric Duhaime last summer, two days after a pig’s head was left on... Read More »

A scientist’s new theory: Religion was key to humans’ social evolution

Monday, February 27, 2017
By Julie Zauzmer ​ BOSTON — In humans’ mysterious journey to become intelligent, socializing creatures like no other in the animal world, one innovation played an essential role: religion. That’s the theory that a preeminent evolutionary scientist is setting out to prove. Click here to... Read More »