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When is cricket more than a game?

Religion, politics and a game of cricket.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Resisting blasphemies

The burning of the Koran by Terry Jones should be denounced by Christian leaders in order to show solidarity with Muslims who understandably feel deeply pained. But it should also be denounced because it blasphemes the name of Jesus.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 6, 2011 12:36 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Before Easter, an essential penance

Giving up makes room for the unexpected gift.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 15, 2011 7:17 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The royal family needs religion

Even though the United Kingdom maybe a largely secular nation, the royal family still needs ritual and religion to buttress its legitimacy.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Apr 26, 2011 10:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The danger of messianic politicians

If we often amplify our own voice in thinking we hear God, we also amplify our own mistakes by ignoring the human voices that raise questions about our actions.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Jun 1, 2011 12:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

‘The Response’ is political three card monte

It’s good to be focused on heaven, but we should never lose sight of what is going on right before our eyes.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Jul 13, 2011 1:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Chaput replaces Rigali in Philadelphia: What does it mean for Catholic America?

The Vatican appoints a leading figure in American Catholicism to take over scandal-plagued Archdiocese of Philadelphia. What does it mean for the future of the Catholic Church?

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Jul 19, 2011 1:31 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Anders Behring Breivik: Christian terrorist? Right-wing extremist? Madman?

The Christian history that Breivik seeks to reenact is not the passion of Jesus Christ, but the narrative of the Crusades.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Jul 25, 2011 10:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Babel about prayer

The crucial point is the most obvious one: prayer can and does mean different things in different contexts. Whether it is a help or hindrance depends not just on reaching a verdict regarding the vertical dimensions of prayer as communion with God but also on appreciating the horizontal dynamics of prayer as a communion of people.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Aug 10, 2011 10:56 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christianity’s evolution problem

The real problem with evolution is that Christians have yet to reflect deeply on how they fit into a Darwinian world.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Aug 29, 2011 2:27 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Educational Advice for AC Grayling

There is an assumed secularism in many universities in the Western world.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Aug 31, 2011 1:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Catholic Church: A dysfunctional family?

Many Catholics still love the church. It’s just that we feel that the church doesn’t love us.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Nov 16, 2011 12:31 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What kind of Catholic is Newt Gingrich?

Gingrich has a conservative aura that isn’t exactly a halo.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  | Dec 14, 2011 11:21 AM  | COMMENTS (0)