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Whither the Catholic Church in 2009?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Catholic Blogger David Gibson has created a fun pool to predict all things Roman Catholic in 2009.  He writes: Inspired by William Safire’s annual Office Pool of predictions for the coming year, I am herewith inaugurating a “Catholic Pool” for […]


The Ten Worst Religion Stories of 2008

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It was the best of religion, it was the worst of religion in 2008.  Let’s concentrate on the worst.  The following are the ten stories that made us want to roll our eyes, curl up into a ball or raise […]


Israeli Attacks on Gaza: Not by Might, and Not by Power

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center sent out this message about the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Today the starkest choice of values and visions of the future was laid before the Jewish people throughout the world. On the one […]


Broken Communion

posted by Ed Kilgore

On December 19, Brian McClaren published a well-intentioned post on this site suggesting that Christians put aside all their political and cultural differences and focus on their common faith in Jesus Christ.  As it happens, I read Brian’s piece the […]

A Christmas Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Creator God,   On this Holy Night, still our frentic pace, and calm our worried minds so that we might experience the miracle and wonder of Christmas.  Send your Holy Spirit to pierce the shadows of these uncertain times, rekindle our hope for the […]

Rick Warren and the Inauguration: Why You Should be Concerned As Well

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network. First, you need to know who I am. I am a Jewish Unitarian […]

Melissa Etheridge gets it right …

posted by Brian McLaren

In the ongoing controversy over Rick Warren as the “invocator” at the inauguration, the wisest words I’ve heard so far have come from Melissa Etheridge. I especially love what happens when she uses the word “maybe.” You can read her […]

Best Religious Books of 2008

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I have two favorite religious books for 2008.  The first one is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker.  This is a great book for those of us […]

The Power of Prayer

posted by Renita Weems

Sure, Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the inaugural prayer proves nothing more probably than that Obama is a consummate politician. Obama will do what he has to do to win over voters. And he’s probably figured out that […]

Warren, Cizik, Obama, left, right, pro, anti, etc.

posted by Brian McLaren

What a fascinating time to be alive. Here we are … about to celebrate the 2008th anniversary of Jesus’ birth, and a whole bunch of us are still squabbling like cats and dogs about what it means to be a […]


Somebody needs to explain this to me, because I must be dumb: Rick Warren was somehow an inclusive choice to deliver the Invocation at the Inauguration?     Let’s look for a moment at what an invocation is. It’s that moment when […]

Rich and Rick: A Post-Partisan Parable

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week’s two major religion stories revolved around Rich and Rick–Rich Cizik and Rick Warren–and point out the uncomfortable but spiritually challenging direction President-elect Obama may be pushing religious communities with his post-partisan vision for America. For more than a […]

Inaugural Invocation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama has selected Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. The choice of Warren is in line with other Obama appointments meant to bring a broad spectrum of viewpoints to the same table.  The patchwork of oddly opposing […]

Why does public campaign financing matter?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

An editorial in the Washington Post argues, counter-intuitively, that Barack Obama’s fundraising success over the internet is not a death-knell for the public financing system, but rather all the more reason to reform it: According to an analysis by the […]

Letter of Appreciation for Richard Cizik

posted by Paul Raushenbush

December 16, 2008 Leith AndersonPresidentNational Association of Evangelicals Dear Leith, We know Richard Cizik’s departure from the National Association of Evangelicals has been difficult for you, him and the organization. Effective leadership is not easy, and we write to reach […]

Rick Warren and the Social Gospel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Historically evangelicals and mainline protestants were all in one group. Along about the beginning of the 20th century there were some protestant theologians who started using the term social gospel. What they meant by that was you don’t really need […]

Sick of Rick

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Ok, I admit it. I have Rick Warren fatigue.    It’s not that there aren’t thing to admire about the mega pastor.  He is reported to have delivered my favorite slam of prosperity gospel (“the only people getting rich from prosperity preaching […]

Rich Cizik – A Pioneer for New Evangelicals

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Statement by Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the “new evangelical” movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers. Rich has helped lead the way to putting “creation care” […]

muslims and proposition 8

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As this is my first post on Progressive Revival, let me take a moment to thank the Powers that Be at Beliefnet for inviting me to participate here. It’s an honor to be blogging alongside the rest of you! My […]

Cizik & Civil Unions: Evangelical leader ousted over supportive comments

posted by David Gibson

An earthquake is rocking the Evangelical world as the longtime spokesman and Washington leader of the National Association of Evangelicals has resigned over comments he made to NPR revealing that he voted for Barack Obama (heresy) and he could support […]

George Bush’s (liberal) Faith

posted by Paul Raushenbush

George Bush revealed that his approach to the bible, evolution and to other religions has more in common with liberal protestants than with his fundamentalist political amen corner.  This was made clear in a surprising ABC Nightline interview on Monday. When asked […]

The future of Catholic politics? (Again)

posted by David Gibson

I, among others, have posed the question (here and here) of what the future of Catholic politics might look like–if it has any future–in light of the great splits between and among Catholic voters and leaders during the recent presidential […]

Time For Christians To Wage War on “The War Against Christmas” Whine

posted by Ed Kilgore

One of the the most depressing aspects of the Advent season is the perennial reappearance of the “War Against Christmas” argument in some conservative political and religious circles.  This story-line, most visibly associated with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, is based on […]

Partisans and Prayer: Right and Left together, for once

posted by David Gibson

This graphic from Kevin Drum at Mother Jones (via Secular Right and dotCommonweal) is interesting: The more politically committed people are, the greater the frequency of prayer. One thing it may say is that the idea that conservatives are more […]

The Religious Case for Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lisa Miller at Newsweek writes this provocative, excellent case for gay marriage Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, […]

Are you Praying for the Economy?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Are you praying for the economy? ( surveys)

The Auto Industry Bailout – A Hope and a Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

DETROIT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – With sport-utility vehicles at the altar and auto workers in the pews, one of Detroit’s largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry. “We have never seen […]

President Obama and the Muslim World

posted by Omid Safi

Dear President Obama, There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election, your election, our election, signifies for America.   May it be that it signals the healing of our racial wounds.  Yet this is not just […]

Prayer by Pablo Neruda

posted by Paul Raushenbush

PRAYERS FOR THE EARTH For once on the face of the earth let’s not speak in any languageLet’s stop for one second and not move our arms so much.It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines.We would all […]

Will Actions Follow the Ad?

posted by Welton Gaddy

Did you see this ad in the “A” section of today’s New York Times? After reading it, I am pleased to see the newfound commitment of some of my friends on the right to fight against anti-religious bigotry and violence […]

November Unemployment Figures: The Suffering of the Most Vulnerable

posted by Paul Raushenbush

NPR’s Market Place host Kai Ryssdal interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist and Harvard professor Amartya Sen last night.  Prof Sen made this important point:   Uncertainties affect different people very differently. People who are already vulnerable are affected dramatically more than […]

The Episcopal Split: A Battle Over Purity, not Orthodoxy

posted by Chloe Breyer

In his Letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul describes his frustration with members of “the circumcision faction”-an early group of conserative Jewish-Christians from Jerusalem who refused to eat with the Gentile converts in St. Paul’s community in Antioch. What […]

Prop 8 – The Musical!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

With Jack Black as Jesus, this anti-prop 8 mini-musical is worth a watch. See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Obama’s White House – Appointing Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Election of Barack Obama was one month ago on Thursday.  What a difference a month makes.   We remember when we saw the words flash across the screen – President Elect, Barack Obama  – and the ecstasy that followed.   Yet […]

AIDS Prayer – Based on Psalm 139

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I found this prayer on the website of the Metropolitan Community Church which is a Gay Christian denomination and found it incredibly moving.     O God, you have searched me and known me.You know when I have to lie […]

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