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Foreclosing on hell: it’s about time

That is one piece of theological real estate that is surely bankrupt.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 17, 2011 3:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: ‘Never again’ must mean never again

This is a difficult and morally complex situation.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 23, 2011 11:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: ‘Never again’ must mean never again

This is a difficult and morally complex situation.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 23, 2011 9:36 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Obama’s speech on Libya: history is not on Gaddafi’s side

History is coming at us fast these days. Let us all pray to try to be on the right side of it, though there are no guarantees.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Mar 29, 2011 12:17 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones’ ‘incendiary acts’: stop religiously motivated hatred

When you add Jones’ flame to the tinder of anger in Afghanistan, you get deadly violence.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 1, 2011 3:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones is a dangerous extremist and Christians must condemn him

Such hateful deeds and words cannot go unanswered by Christians around the world.

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Government shutdown: A clash of belief systems?

The bottom line, politically speaking, is whether government is best considered the servant of “all of us” and thus has moral standing in this debate, or whether there is no “us” and hence government has no real moral reason for being.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 6, 2011 5:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Gospel according to Ayn Rand

Conservative Christians who support the Ryan version of radical conservatism based on the atheist individualist philosophy of Ayn Rand have some serious questions to ask themselves

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 18, 2011 11:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Balance interfaith respect, faithful Christian witness

Pluralism should not mean a blending of traditions, nor the co-optation of other people’s rituals.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 20, 2011 2:52 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What’s good about Good Friday?

Easter isn’t about hats, bunnies, eggs and hallelujah. It’s about the astonishing contradictions of the human condition.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 22, 2011 7:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Westminster Abbey’s big religious tent

Places of worship are like tent pegs, holding down the big tent of meaning as it covers the world.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 27, 2011 11:34 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Do the birthers’ owe President Obama an apology?

Here’s another one-liner Donald Trump might try: I’m sorry, Mr. President.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Apr 28, 2011 10:56 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

For bin Laden, seek justice, let go of revenge

We who cherish life cannot rejoice at death, anyone’s death.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 3, 2011 9:21 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The unholy myth that torture ‘works’

The torture apologists are at it again, trying to perpetuate the unholy untruth that “interrogation of high-value targets” (torture) helped “give us victory” and thus yet again try to insinuate that it is justified.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 4, 2011 10:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

God the mother

God the mother is a metaphor for the work of God in both mercy and justice, both compassion and righteousness.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 7, 2011 8:39 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Gendering the torture ‘debate’

Would the idea of torturing women make a difference to those who defend waterboarding? Is torture gendered? This hypothetical arises as Osama bin Laden’s wives are set for interrogation by the United States.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 11, 2011 9:20 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking (and I) reject ‘the God of the gaps’

A God reduced to filling in gaps, or to being an electronic starter for the engine of creation is a finite God.

By  | May 17, 2011 8:44 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Harold Camping who? The real horsemen of the apocalypse

The meaning of “revelation” is to uncover, show what is hidden. Many Americans are starting to wake up to the fact that massive cuts in domestic spending are not the way to deal with the apocalyptic capacity of the deficit.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 22, 2011 9:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Oprah: following in the sacred footsteps of Elvis?

Oprah certainly qualifies as a “religious leader” within the definition of new religious movements.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 25, 2011 11:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Memorial Day and remembering war on the National Mall

I often ask myself, as I walk around, what these massive events in the history of our country mean in light of God’s purposes.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | May 30, 2011 10:20 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Huckabee, Bachmann: God’s candidates? Not likely

Some candidates will want to persuade you that they are pursuing their political careers as a divine “call.” This is no more and no less a vocational call than your plumber.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 1, 2011 11:45 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Can the ‘spirit of Tahrir Square’ survive in the Egyptian transition to democracy?

The Middle East, and indeed the world, needs Egypt to succeed with their transition to democracy.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 10, 2011 10:42 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Mocking Mormons

Note to Mormons: welcome to the American mainstream. Now, in order to join this fraternity, you need to go through the hazing.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 14, 2011 12:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In gay marriage debates, don’t cater to bigots

At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves whether these issues of “religious exemptions” are not merely attempts to bog down marriage equality legislation and keep it from becoming law.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 22, 2011 9:42 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Global evangelical study surprises: women pastors in, prosperity gospel out

How will this influential group of Christians impact the global future, and how will their views change over time as they are set to become even more culturally and regionally diverse?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 22, 2011 12:05 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

New York Catholic leader’s views way over the line, and out of step

In effect, according to Bishop DiMarzio, “any state official” has to play by the rules of the Catholic Church. That’s not just crossing the line that should separate church and state, it’s drawing a line in the sand that elected officials are not supposed to cross.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jun 29, 2011 1:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Separate conservative politics and real evangelical feminism

Evangelical feminism, from its early days in the 1970’s, was a thoughtful attempt to make a biblically-based case for women’s equality and to directly address, from the standpoint of biblical authority, the discrimination and even violence women often experience in their home and work lives.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 1, 2011 1:38 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Not everyone has the wisdom of the Dalai Lama

The wisdom to sometimes transcend religion is the product of a long religious journey, not its beginning.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 6, 2011 10:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Jesus: please fix Texas because Governor Perry can’t

Not only is the “Christian prayer summit” the politics of distraction, however, it’s also a Christianity of distraction, drawing our attention away from what the Bible actually says

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 13, 2011 10:34 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Picture an America in default: Where is Frank Capra when we need him?

“We have to believe in our country more than in our selfish individualism, we have to believe more in compassion than in corporate profit.”

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 14, 2011 7:34 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

How conservatives have taken the scary out of the ‘Apocalypse’

The Obama administration has been begun using the biblical language of Apocalypse to describe the kind of ‘world-ending’ catastrophe that failure to raise the debt ceiling will bring about.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 19, 2011 10:27 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Norway attacks: When Christianity becomes lethal

Christians are often reluctant to see these connections between their religion and extreme violence. They will dismiss it as “madness” rather than confront the Christian element directly.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Jul 25, 2011 3:18 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Framing Breivik

Shouldn’t we take a look at the Christian as well as the political elements in this stew? Why not open a dialogue across the Christian spectrum?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 2, 2011 10:15 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A faithful economy

We’re not only making the same economic mistakes as in the 1930’s, we’re making the same spiritual ones, too.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 8, 2011 3:51 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Jesus on public prayer as hypocrisy

At one location in Houston, a governor is praying loudly for those “who have lost hope” while the budget he passed in Texas cuts millions from services for the poor and needy, as well as from education.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 10, 2011 10:44 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Help: Race, religion and sin in the South

What happens when you break a rigid compact on race, when you refuse to commit the sin of “willful ignorance”?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 12, 2011 3:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The theological case for evolution

The biblical and theological case for evolution is a case for God’s infinity and the freedom of God’s creation.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 23, 2011 7:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Got fear? The quake and 9/11

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 24, 2011 10:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Fear of Islam: a study

Creating the “Spirit of Fear”: why manufacturing Islamophobia is spiritually and socially dangerous

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 30, 2011 11:13 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Where are the women? University secular studies faculty looks a lot like religious studies faculty

Looking at the “professoriate” of the New College for Humanities line-up, I count 13 men and 1 woman. If the comparison is to a “seminary for nonbelievers,” the parallel is visually quite apt.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Aug 31, 2011 1:48 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

On 9/11, all responses needed and none are enough

The victims of 9/11 and their families deserve no less than that we continue to strive to become our best selves out of this tragedy. And we need every resource we have, religious and secular, to do it.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Sep 7, 2011 2:06 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Who would Jesus execute?

The GOP debate last week began to look like the ancient Roman arena, when execution was cheered, and even the spectacle of the death of someone who might be innocent was not a cause for “struggle.”

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Sep 13, 2011 4:38 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity

“Christian capitalism” is neither good Christianity nor good capitalism.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Sep 19, 2011 3:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Booing a gay soldier? Cheering execution?

Three Republican debates have produced three occasions of extraordinary moral callousness. We are witnessing a kind of theatre of cruelty.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Sep 26, 2011 8:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

God doesn’t run markets, people do

People run the market, and people in general aren’t saints (though they are not devils, either!)

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Sep 28, 2011 9:06 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The theology of Steve Jobs: The byte of the Apple

Not only did Jobs grasp the desire for more knowledge that so defines what it means to be human, he also grasped the existential truth of finitude. And what of that bitten Apple?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Oct 6, 2011 6:28 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

What about the women? Sex trafficking victims need comprehensive health services

Religious liberty means respecting the conscience of a believer; it does not mean that any one religious faith has the right to impose its views on an entire society.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Nov 1, 2011 4:06 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What Herman Cain’s fundraising bonanza says to women about sexual harassment

The spike in financial support for Cain could not only be interpreted as a rejection of the historic gains women have made in terms of workplace discrimination.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  | Nov 2, 2011 2:37 PM  | COMMENTS (0)