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Guest Voices: April, 2012

Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 04/26/2012

From the road to Emmaus to the Supreme Court

Today, contemporary Cleopases and thousands of unnamed friends flee across deserts many miles long.

By Stacy Martin  |  10:55 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 04/26/2012

The temptation of Tim Tebow

The proprietor of an adulterous Web site offers a bounty on the quarterback’s virginity, but he’s not the only one in our culture who devalues purity.

By Esther Fleece  |  09:51 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/26/2012

What sisters mean to me

A Twitter initiative to thank Catholic nuns for their service to the church turns ugly, but one priest has a message for the women who inspire him: #Thankyou.

By James Martin  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholicism, nuns

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Arizona’s immigration law: Where’s the Christian compassion?

Is Arizona reserving its Christian compassion for those with legal residency?

By Carlos Campo  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 04/24/2012

The Supreme Court’s immigration hearing: Human dignity not up for debate

The federal government is in the best position to balance competing goals of enforcing of immigration laws while respecting human dignity.

By Jose H. Gomez  |  08:22 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholic church, immigration, supreme court, public policy

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/24/2012

From Watergate to redemption

Colson took his humbling to heart and embraced a new life of faith and service, founding a ministry to fix a broken system full of broken men.  

By Stephanos Bibas  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/23/2012

For Mormons in Missouri, a time of healing

Does the opening of a new Mormon temple in Missouri mark a new era for the faith in America?

By Michael Otterson  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Prison set Chuck Colson free

Prison proved the best thing that ever happened to Chuck, and it made him a force for good.  

By John Dean  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/22/2012

A new Earth Day theology

Human sin against the planet has impacted our climate.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/20/2012

What makes a Catholic patriot?

Catholics are patriotic Americans precisely in their catholicity.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholic church, religious freedom, catholicism

Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 04/18/2012

In defense of religious freedom

The military’s actions on religious issues suggest it doesn’t really care to uphold the First Amendment of the very Constitution its members are sworn to “support and defend.”

By Michael L. Weinstein  |  11:36 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Can young evangelicals move beyond the Religious Right?

A poisonous mix of religion and politics is killing the church.

By Tim King  |  11:33 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Tennessee’s science law: Academic freedom or monkey business?

In evolution vs. creationism debate, what’s religious to one side is science to the other.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  science, religion, evolution, scripture, education, science education

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/17/2012

A Jesus economy?

In the small vs. big government debate, what system does Jesus endorse?

By Susan K. Smith  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 04/17/2012

My mother: A heroine of the Holocaust

During the ‘Days of Remembrance’ recalling a family member whose selflessness still inspires.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  04:11 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jewish, holocuast

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 04/16/2012

How Romney should talk about religion

Can the Mormon candidate talk about his values, but not doctrine?

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  01:48 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormonism, lds, mitt romney

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 04/15/2012

A tax day Bible lesson

We have a moral responsibility to our fellow citizens, both from a civil and a moral perspective.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  08:51 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 04/15/2012

Secret Service scandal sheds light on the international sex industry

Prostitution takes a woman, created in the image of God, and makes her into an object.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  08:36 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 04/15/2012

Finding God in autism

We are all uniquely created by God for a purpose.

By John Fuller  |  08:06 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 04/15/2012

‘Titanic’ theology

The sinking of Titanic was one of many trumpet warnings that our faith in human progress was misplaced. Technology can’t save us.

By John Mark Reynolds  |  07:51 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 04/14/2012

Rita Wilson’s big fat Greek Orthodox Easter

In richness of ritual and tradition, the Greeks know how to do Easter.

By Rita Wilson  |  07:50 PM ET, 04/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  easter, christianity

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Blue Like Jazz: I was Donald Miller

I have been Donald Miller. Maybe you have, too.

By Christian Piatt  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 04/11/2012

What Santorum meant to social conservatives

The former senator may well be remembered as the first of a new breed of conviction candidates.

By Thomas Peters  |  04:57 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Whose religious freedom?

Religious freedom protects individuals from having theology imposed upon them.

By Louise Melling  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Swimming for the soul

I swim to relax and revive, to quiet my angst and invigorate my soul; to enter a world of silence and weightlessness far more peaceful than the one in which I live.

By Lynn Sherr  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 04/11/2012

An Easter message from old Cairo

What can ancient icons teach us about Jesus today?

By John Dominic Crossan  |  01:26 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/11/2012

A new Catholic conversation on sex?

Does the Catholic Church have trouble convincing its own congregants about its teachings on sexuality? “Do we ever!” says America’s top bishop.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholic church

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Can the Muslim Brotherhood survive?

Will the group evolve from social movement to legitimate government?

By H.A. Hellyer  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Why Santorum didn’t sell

Does a socially conservative candidate have a prayer for president?

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  05:35 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, catholic, religion politics

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Was Santorum running for theologian-in-chief?

In the United States, our freedom of religion depends, without question, on freedom from tyranny of one religion over another.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Why Easter changes everything

Give me Easter, the day that gives meaning to all of my days.

By James Martin  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  easter sunday

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/07/2012

At Easter, remembering Passover

The Seder helped me appreciate the Christian story more fully.

By Lauren Winner  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Put women back into Holy Week

Mary Magdalene belongs at the heart of Christian observances of Jesus’ Passion, death and Resurrection.

By Cynthia Bourgeault  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Why we need the Haggadah

The oldest, newest book returns for another Passover.

By Jonathan Safran Foer  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  judaism, passover, ritual

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/06/2012

At Passover, breadcrumb spirituality

A ritual cleaning before the holy week includes purging one’s home of bread.

By Daniela Deane  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/06/2012

This Passover, whose side are you on?

The great moral test of life is not how we treat those who have power over us, but how we treat those over whom we have power.

By David Wolpe  |  02:06 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  passover, jewish

Posted at 09:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Why I thank God for Chuck Colson

It takes a very humble and broken man to openly admit that it was his own pride and out-of-control ego that led to his downfall

By Jim Daly  |  09:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Do you have faith in the media?

Many Americans say the media sensationalizes religion.

By Diane Winston and John Green  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spirituality, news, religon, religion and politics

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 04/04/2012

State lawmakers bring church/state fight to schools

Contrary to culture war mythology, God is alive and well in many, if not most, public schools.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  06:14 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  church and state, religion and politics, prayer in school

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 04/04/2012

For Muslims, birth control is a moral issue

The easiest, and perhaps the only, way to prevent the ills of overpopulation is widespread birth control.

By Pamela Taylor  |  05:21 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Why did Jesus need to die?

Much ink has been spilled trying to work out this doctrine, called the “atonement” by theologians.

By Tony Jones  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  christianity, atonement, jesus

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Did Jesus exist?

The celebration of Jesus’ death by crucifixion from the very early days of the Christian movement is secure evidence that Jesus did exist.

By Bart D. Ehrman  |  04:28 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jesus, god, messiah, christianity, easter

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/04/2012

A ‘Sermon on the Mount’ for today

It would be high irony if it took a skeptical age to finally unriddle how higher consciousness can be made practical.

By Deepak Chopra  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spirituality

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/04/2012

From religious contemplation to activism

If we want a viable world, we all have to become activists in our particular field.

By Karen Armstrong  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Baylor and Notre Dame: Baptist-Catholic competition, cooperation

Despite a deep theological divide, in recent years shared political objectives have brought Catholics and Baptists much closer together.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  02:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  basketball, catholic, baptist

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012

What we tell our kids about the Easter Bunny

Is there’s something wrong with Christians enjoying all the trappings of the cultural holiday?

By Mark Driscoll  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Mormon temples are places apart

There is difference between something being “secret” and something being “sacred.”

By Michael Otterson  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormon, Latter-day Saints

Posted at 09:35 PM ET, 04/01/2012

A Holy Week reflection on ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun laws: Put away your gun

Holy Week is an excellent time to place the “Stand Your Ground” gun laws next to the teachings by Jesus of Nazareth to love your enemy and not return violence for violence.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:35 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 03/31/2012

Palm Sunday lessons from an unlikely Pontius Pilate

What my six-year-old nephew taught me about Jesus.

By James Martin S.J.  |  10:16 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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