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The Briefing 01-07-14

Same Sex Marriage in 2013: A Review; Little Sisters of the Poor win temporary stay on contraception mandate; Church of England removes the devil from…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-11-13

The power of gesture: What we can and cannot conclude from handshake between Raúl Castro and Obama; Legalize marijuana or harm the environment and suffer…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-18-13

Words matter – Malaysian court restricts word “Allah” to Muslims; Calling homosexuality a sin is now a sin; Polyamory – The new “sexual orientation”; New…Read this essay →

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Can Evangelical Chaplains Serve God and Country?—The Crisis Arrives

Can chaplains committed to historic biblical Christianity serve in the United States military? That question, though inconceivable to our nation's founders, is now front and...Read this essay →

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Islam—The Great Challenge to Christian Evangelism of Our Times

The issue of Islam is never far from our headlines. Early in his administration, President Barack Obama put the issue of Islam front and center...Read this essay →

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The Amazing Technicolor Multifaith Theology School

This move by the Claremont School of Theology illustrates what happens when churches and denominations allow their institutions to embrace theological liberalism. Watch this development…Read this essay →

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All Roads Lead to Heaven? — Kathleen Parker Does Theology

The column by Kathleen Parker is yet another signpost of the current age and the worldview of the secularized classes. In their view, what evangelicals…Read this essay →

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Who Will Be Tested Next? — The Dilemma of Franklin Graham

Evangelical Christians in the United States had better see a big challenge staring us in the face. Franklin Graham was disinvited by the Pentagon for…Read this essay →

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“The Year of Our Lord” — Diploma Trouble in Texas

The controversy at Trinity University tells us so much about the loss of Christian conviction in colleges and universities, the insanity of secular revisionism, and…Read this essay →

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On Faith: Religious Belief and the Military

This week's question at "On Faith," the religion project of The Washington Post and Newsweek was posed against the tragic backdrop of the shootings at...Read this essay →

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Is Truth Really Plural? Postmodernism in Full Flower

The question of truth stands at the very center of the postmodern challenge. As with any major shift in human thinking, postmodernism comes packaged with...Read this essay →

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Are We a Nation of Hindus?

Those who argue that all religions are essentially the same reveal the fact that they know little about these very different belief systems. The worldview...Read this essay →

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Religion on the Brain?

Readers of Monday's edition of USA Today were treated to an introduction into the sociobiology of belief. Interestingly, this article appeared in the opinion pages...Read this essay →

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Should Christians “Respect” Other Religions?

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Should Christians “Respect” Other Religions?

The world we now know is marked by religious pluralism and the clash of worldviews.  The modern world brings individuals and groups of different belief...Read this essay →

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This Prayer Approved by the White House?

Is the Obama White House vetting prayers?  Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News and World Report reports that this represents a "new tradition" established by the...Read this essay →

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Many Paths to Heaven?

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The Idol of Our Many Understandings — Bishop Robinson at Prayer

President-elect Barack Obama promised to make his inaugural events the most inclusive ever -- and he is making good on his promise.  Just over two...Read this essay →

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For Goodness Sake?

Just before the end of 2008, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a report indicating that a significant percentage of American evangelicals...Read this essay →

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Many Paths to Heaven?

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Many Paths to Heaven?

Are American evangelicals abandoning the exclusivity of the Gospel? A new report out from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests that many...Read this essay →

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Back to Polytheism? — Some Moderns See Monotheism as Menace

These strange times now witness encouragements to turn from monotheism back to ancient forms of polytheism. The argument is that monotheism -- belief that there...Read this essay →

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Clueless in Seattle — Can You Be Both a Christian and a Muslim?

Members of the Episcopal Church must brace themselves these days when they pick up the newspaper. The church is currently roiled by controversies over homosexuality...Read this essay →

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No, No, and Yes — Take Your Choice?

As widely anticipated, the Conservative branch of American Judaism "settled" the issue of homosexual rabbis and the blessing of same-sex unions by adopting contradictory positions...Read this essay →

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“On Faith” — The Washington Post and Newsweek Publish a Conversation on Religion and Public Life

I am pleased to serve as a panelist on a new project undertaken by The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. "On Faith" is described as...Read this essay →

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Jesus Christ is “Our Vehicle to the Divine?” The Episcopal Church is in Big Trouble

Dr. Katherine Jefferts Schori has now assumed office as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA. A former oceanographer, Bishop Schori is the first...Read this essay →

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The Faith Club — A Postmodern Parable

Want to join a Faith Club? A trio of women in New York City have established a group they call the Faith Club as an...Read this essay →

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Your Local Church of England Hindu Priest?

It seems that an Anglican priest has converted to Hinduism -- but is being allowed to continue as a priest in the Church of England....Read this essay →

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When Tolerance Doesn’t Mean Toleration

Forty years ago, the radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse penned an essay entitled "Repressive Tolerance." In that essay Marcuse offered what has now become a familiar...Read this essay →

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The Alternatives — God or Nothing

David Bentley Hart argues that contemporary persons are increasingly committed to belief in nothing. He does not mean that modern persons do not believe in...Read this essay →

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