Washington Post Opinions editor Christine Emba recently wrote a column about the opening of the new Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. Watch her respond to "reader feedback." (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

Last week, I wrote about the new Museum of the Bible. I expected pushback, but a few things stood out. Below, some thoughts. (And for more, see my video above!)

Nonreligious people can write about religion, and often bring a useful perspective to the table. And Christianity, a faith that still permeates the politics and culture of the United States (over 70 percent of Americans identify as Christian), is worth taking seriously even if you’re not Christian.

That said, there are people of faith working and writing in The Post’s newsroom. Many of them go out of their way to cover the topic of religion with sensitivity and knowledge. Check out the Acts of Faith blog, helmed by Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein, or writers such as Michael Gerson and David Von Drehle.

As these writers will attest, the fact that one is religious shouldn’t exempt one’s religion from criticism. If anything, it should spur believers to critically assess how well they, their churches, their denominations and their leaders are living out the faith they profess. That’s not an attack from the left — it’s reality. Polls such as this one, from the Public Religion Research Institute, aren’t going to convince anyone that your belief is to be trusted.


If this challenge alarms you, maybe it’s worth wondering whether, as I stated in my original piece, your faith has been “reduced to more of a cultural identity than a way of life.”