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In Libya and globally, governments must respect dignity

The fact that men are not angels, and that even with the best of intentions people still get hurt gravely in wars, must give policymakers great pause as they contemplate entering into combat with another nation.

By Jason Poling  | Mar 23, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

‘Values’ is code for conservatism

Even if it wins in elections, values often kept on back-burner of government.

By Jason Poling  | Mar 30, 2011 9:39 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones and Jesus

I had hoped when this story resurfaced that the news media’s strategy of under-covering the story would prove effective in reducing violent reaction to Jones’ activities.

By Jason Poling  | Apr 6, 2011 9:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Two cheers for complementarianism

In complementarian traditions there is much to be found that is worthy of respect, even appreciation, rather than prejudice.

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Rejoice in bin Laden’s death?

To rejoice in the death of Osama bin Laden is to rejoice in the fact that to the extent we are able human society was able to mete out some measure of much-needed justice.

By Jason Poling  | May 4, 2011 5:53 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

All they ever wanted

We owe candidates the benefit of the doubt when they say they feel they are being called to run. But we can — and should — test their proposition.

By Jason Poling  | Jun 2, 2011 1:16 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

This is anti-Semitism

Those who would prohibit circumcision are in effect telling my Jewish neighbors that they cannot be Jewish.

By Jason Poling  | Jun 10, 2011 10:01 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Respect religious convictions in gay marriage debates

Where might we be today if decades ago, religious conservatives and gay activists had agreed to respect each other’s convictions, to abstain from using the power of the state to impinge upon each other’s freedoms?

By Jason Poling  | Jun 22, 2011 10:27 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A too-familiar tension between religion and terrorism

The three steps of religious reaction too terrorism.

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Assumptions about the cross

Given the difficult and sensitive nature of their work I think we owe it to the people putting this memorial together to resist making the assumption that this item will be displayed as a religious relic.

By Jason Poling  | Aug 3, 2011 11:13 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

How prayer ‘works’

You may have heard of people being “so heavenly minded they’re of no earthly good.” The problem with that notion is, as one of my seminary professors sagely pointed out, very few people are like that.

By Jason Poling  | Aug 10, 2011 11:27 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Death penalty as respect for life

Justice may only be meted out imperfectly. But it must be meted out.

By Jason Poling  | Sep 13, 2011 4:59 PM  | COMMENTS (0)