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The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas — and Their Downsides

posted by Michael Lerner

Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was […]

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Values or Partisanship? TV Ad calls out Graham for caving on climate

posted by Eric Sapp

by Keely Brewster It was disappointing that Lindsey Graham changed his mind, values, and opinions surrounding climate legislation. Lindsey Graham was right when he discussed the need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil for reasons of national security, economic […]

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The On-Going Call for Justice in Vieques

posted by Eric Sapp

Following CNN’s evocative 2-part primetime series on the health crisis in Vieques last month, there has been an on-going buzz in the media and blog community about the issue.  Over 60 participants recently joined a press call with scientists and the […]

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A DC Christmas Poem

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross posted on American Values Network)   Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city Politicians were scrambl’n, it wasn’t very pretty. Health care and climate were up in the air, But try as Reid might, the votes […]

Emily Dickinson, Happy Birthday to the Patron Saint of Doubt

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Emily Dickinson, the poet of exquisite doubt, was born today in 1830. Progressive faith makes room for doubt.  In many ways, Dickinson should be considered the patron saint of ambiguous Christianity.  She grew up in revivalist New England, where she […]

Christian Leaders Reject Ugandan Anti-gay Bill

posted by Diana Butler Bass

On December 7, Faith in Public Life released a statement condemning the anti-gay bill in the Ugandan Parliament that submits homosexuals to draconian punishments for their “crimes.”  Sadly, many prominent Christians have refused to speak out against the human rights […]

World AIDS Day: Witness to Compassion

posted by Diana Butler Bass

December 1 is World AIDS Day–a day to remind the human family of the toll of the AIDS epidemic and take stock of progress against the disease.   It is, indeed, a global day that connects rich and poor, people of […]

Copenhagen, Climate Change and Why it Matters to Women

posted by guestblogger

Sung-ok Lee is the Assistant General Secretary of the Section of Christian Social Action, Women’s Division of the United Methodist Women. For many in government and industry circles, the discussion around the topic of climate change crisis focuses on energy […]

Sarah Palin – Flawed, Human

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a post called Sarah Palin’s rogue Christianity, Sally Quinn asks some hard questions of Sarah Palin intended to point out the inconsistencies of her faith commitments. I haven’t read the book but reading these questions makes me think of the hard test that […]

Psalm 109:8–A Prayer for Obama or Ourselves?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a “prayer for Obama,” has topped the Google trends chart:  “May his days be few; may another take his office.”  Evidently, a bumper sticker emblazoned with […]

New Catholic Hardball: Trading the Poor for Doctrinal Purity

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning’s Washington Post made me choke on my coffee:  “Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum.”  The Catholic Archdiocese is playing political hardball by threatening to cut off social services to the city’s poor–including the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and […]

John Allen Muhammad: Murderer and Murdered

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As the nation observed the killing of John Muhammad last night (Live with Larry King!) I gathered with a small group of students, seminarians, and a Roman Catholic Priest to meet Rev. Caroll Pickett, who was the chaplain for prisoners […]

Pro-Football, Injury, and Clear Christian Conscience

posted by guestblogger

Tom Krattenmaker is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in religion in public life and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors. He is the author of the new book “Onward Christian Athletes“ examining Christian engagement with pro sports.              It’s […]

All Saints Day: A Progressive Call to Remember

posted by Diana Butler Bass

I’ve often wondered why progressive Christians don’t typically celebrate All Saints Day on November 1 with more enthusiasm.  It is, next to Christmas and Easter, my favorite church holy day–I eagerly await reading the texts of our Christian ancestors and […]

Burn In Hell Halloween

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Randall Terry is back with his after-life threats just in time for Halloween as reported by Associated Press: WASHINGTON — Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry is calling on people to burn effigies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader […]

Halloween 2009 vs All Saints Day (Eternally)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Hey Christians!  Stop putting a camel hair rope around Halloween on October 31st, and instead take advantage of what happens on Nov. 1st – All Saints Day. It seems like we used to hear more from Christians who decried Halloween […]

Vatican Woos Conservative Anglicans: This is News?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week, the Vatican announced that it would make it easier for conservative Anglicans and Episcopalians–those uncomfortable with women priests and accepting gay people–to join the Roman Catholic Church.  The move surprised Anglican leaders who, evidently, had no idea that […]

Bob McDonnell’s Thesis: Christian Reconstruction and the Virginia Governor’s Race

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Although many pundits think the religious right is waning, Republican Bob McDonnell, whose political views were shaped by radical right-wing beliefs–those of Christian Reconstruction–appears poised to win Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election.   McDonnell’s ties to the Christian Right were not an […]

Witchcraft and Children in Africa: How to Read the Bible Badly

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Some African churches have taken a frightening literal turn: accusing children of witchcraft and torturing or killing them to purify their souls.  Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that more than 15,000 Nigerian children have been accused of being witches […]

Dear President Obama: Stop the War in Afghanistan

posted by Brian McLaren

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.  I’m writing to ask you to find another way ahead […]

Michael Moore Asks the Question: What Would Jesus Do…About Capitalism?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story.   The Priests in this documentary, one of whom married Mr. Moore and his wife, aren’t ambivalent – they characterize capitalism […]

Stop Religious and Political Hate Speech Against the President

posted by Paul Raushenbush

***update*** Read Thomas Friedman’s piece in today’s New York Times about the parallels between this time in America with President Obama and the time before Rabin was assassinated in Israel in 1995.   As Progressive Revival readers know, I am worried about the level […]

Yes Sen. Inhofe, God is “up there” – and God is Pissed

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Senator Inhofe is known for his denial of climate change by relying on an ever dwindling number of scientists who believe that our present global warming is part of a cyclical warming and cooling, and insist that human produced pollution […]

The Problem with the Ten Commandments

posted by Diana Butler Bass

ABC’s Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.   Tonight’s commandment:  Thou shalt not commit adultery. The series is interesting and, in many ways, […]

TIME Magazine Story Highlights Moral Crisis in Vieques

posted by Eric Sapp

What would you do if you found out that people in your neighborhood had a 30% higher cancer rate, 25% higher infant mortality rate, and 95% higher cirrhosis of the liver rate than the surrounding area?  Then you found out […]

Hope and Healing

posted by Diana Butler Bass

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy.  My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature.  She assures me that one of my first words was “k-e-n-d-y.”  I […]

A Progressive Life

posted by Diana Butler Bass

I can’t say that I always loved Ted Kennedy.  For years, I have agreed with the issues he fought for–especially regarding his concern for the sick, the poor, and the elderly.  But, I confess, Senator Kennedy’s personal behavior often proved […]

Lutheran Gay Rights!

posted by guestblogger

Timothy Palmer is the Director of Policy and Communication at the Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion Those of us who are both openly gay and openly Christian (and happily reconciled in the two) are used to the deliberate pace […]

Note to Ed Schultz: It is the Apocalypse, Friend

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, Ed Schultz posed a question on both his radio program and his MSNBC show:  Where is the religious community on health care?  Ed, a Christian who admits he is not a regular churchgoer, sees the issue in pretty simple […]

Slow Words

posted by Diana Butler Bass

People often ask me why I don’t blog more often in the crucible of the news cycle when an issue is “hot.”  My friends and editors are always trying to get me to speed up–as I tend to be slow […]

The Real Decline of Churches

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Three news stories in recent days point to significant change in the landscape of North American religion.  For decades now, the conventional wisdom about church growth has been that only conservative churches–those that take the Bible literally and embrace conservative […]

Not Angels, but Anglicans

posted by Diana Butler Bass

For the last month, I’ve been in Australia and only occasionally heard news from the United States.  I haven’t minded too much missing arguments over health care and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  But I have fretted about missing the […]

No Moral Relativism Here

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With yesterday’s shooting at the Holocaust museum, I was reminded of a story told to me several years ago by a professor of when he had been a doctoral student.  An eminent post-modern theologian had come to his university to […]

Cairo and the New Faith Frame

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Following the President’s Cairo University speech a number of journalists commented that it was a political speech and not very “religious.”  Indeed, one referred to his policy remarks as “wonky” in which he primarily addressed seven areas of tension that […]

Was Tiller’s Murder Justice?

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross posted from Faithfuldemocrats.com)             Last week, I had the honor of sitting next to a group of Gold Star Moms during the National Memorial Day concert.  We talked about their sons and exchanged some tearful hugs during the extremely […]

Jon, Kate, and the Breakdown of the Evangelical Family

posted by Diana Butler Bass

My young daughter is a dedicated fan of the TLC program Jon and Kate Plus Eight, a reality show of a wholesome family with a set of twins and a set of sextuplets.  Over the weekend, TLC ran a marathon […]

Confession of a Predatory Lender (by Carol Howard Merritt)

posted by guestblogger

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt is the Pastor at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation. I walk through the shiny car salesroom, down the hall, into my comfortable business manager […]

Dueling Visions of American Renewal

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In 2004, a little book appeared that made quite a splash among dispirited Democrats:  George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant.  In it, Lakoff argued that Republicans and Democrats worked out of two different “framing” stories–frames are “mental structures that […]

Bible Bill vs America

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Word has it that Rep Paul Broun (GA) has introduced new legislation called National Year of the Bible Resolution a.k.a. the Bible Bill making the year 2010 the Year of the Bible.   The Bible Bill panders to Rep. Broun’s bible base, but it isn’t really an […]

Liberty U Revokes College Dem Charter

posted by Eric Sapp

There is a great post over on faithfuldemocrats about the unfortunately decision by Liberty University to revoke the charter for it’s college Democrats b/c the Democratic platform was unChristian.  Check it out, and then join the facebook petition to reinstate […]

Notre Dame Rebooted

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In 1899, Pope Leo condemned “Americanism” as a heresy.  Americanism, a theological development in American Roman Catholicism, was a complex of progressive ideals regarding freedom, separation of church and state, historical criticism and scientific inquiry that attempted to reconcile traditional […]

Faith/Military Leaders Put $$$ Behind Call for Moral Climate Bill

posted by Eric Sapp

Last week, Rep. Shuler and Perriello headlined a press conference hosted by Faith in Public Life featuring a who’s who of the faith community and rolling out the largest paid media campaign ever by progressives targeting faith voters with an […]

To Boldly Go Where Progressives Forgot to Go….

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Last Friday, my family went to see the new Star Trek movie.  We really enjoyed the renewed adventures of Captain Kirk and the starship Enterprise.  We weren’t alone.  The audience in the nearly full theater loved the film.  And it […]

Happy Progressive Mother’s Day!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Most people think of Mother’s Day as a quaint and conservative holiday honoring 1950s values, a sort of historical throw back to traditional notions of hearth and home. Let’s correct that impression by saying:  Happy Progressive Mother’s Day. In May […]

Mainline Protestants: America’s Moral Conscience

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center released a survey on the views of religious Americans regarding torture.  They survey found that white evangelical Protestants were the most supportive of torture–only 16% of evangelicals reject the use of torture.  A […]

A Room of Our Own

posted by Diana Butler Bass

My family lives in a typical 1960s house in the Washington DC suburbs, and I work at home.  “Typical 1960s house” equals small and no closets.  As a result, my books were taking over and there wasn’t much space to […]

Columbine and Original Sin

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Ten years ago today, I was in San Francisco leading a retreat for Episcopal clergy from the western United States.  During the afternoon break, someone handed me a slip of paper saying that there had been a shooting at a […]

Happy Progressive Income Tax Day!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning, at 9:00 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office.  When I handed it to the clerk, she said, “I hate tax day.”  I replied, “Not me.  I don’t love parting with the money, […]

A Close Reading of the Text – The Progressive Approach to the Bible

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Common wisdom holds that the people who take the Bible most seriously in America are those from the conservative traditions who claim a literalist interpretation of the “The Bible says it and I believe it” variety. But try telling these same people that there are two […]

Politics and Good Friday

posted by Ed Kilgore

Like Paul, I grew up in a tradition that didn’t pay much if any attention Good Friday, or see anything terribly ironic about the adjective “Good.”  I’ve come to see that omission (and with it the implication that the crucifixion didn’t […]

Faith, Politics, and the Rest of Us

posted by Diana Butler Bass

All day Wednesday, MSNBC advertised a discussion about the “new role” of religion and politics to be aired on the Chris Matthews Show.   When the show began, guest host Mike Barnicle announced that the debate would feature atheist Christopher Hitchens […]

President Obama, Islam, and the Push-me/Pull-you

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, on the first day of Holy Week in the western Christian world, President Obama addressed Turkey’s Grand National Assembly and declared that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam.” “Our partnership with the […]

Townhall.com – a Christian Backed Home for Racists

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Kelly reports at Huffingtonpost.com on the sad racist pathology at the Christian backed website Townhall.com. You can tell that this fellow Burt Prelutsky doesn’t even really know he is being horribly racist and offensive by any common standard of decency in […]

The Religious Control of the Israeli Army

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This seriously upsetting article in the New York Times Sunday paper chronicles the increasing influence of the religious right in Israeli’s armed forces and its affect on the execution of the war on Gaza.  Especially chilling is the quote from […]

Black Liberation Theology vs Victoria Jackson

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I know I shouldn’t keep picking on the lowest common denominator but they just keep on appearing on cable news talking about politics and religion.  We first had Chuck Norris talking about violently leaving the country and taking Texas with him and now […]

Sex and Religion Kiss in Texas Public Schools

posted by guestblogger

Ryan Valentine serves as the Deputy Director for the Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan organization of religious and community leaders who advocate a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties.   The only thing more controversial than teaching about […]

The Bible and Budget: Applying Scripture in a Pluralistic Society

posted by Eric Sapp

(Conclusion of “The Primer on Scripture and the Budget for 2009“)   A faithful and true use of religious beliefs to guide policy in our constitutional system of government is very difficult.  Even those with the best intentions will often […]

Budget and Bible: The Sin of Helping the Rich at the Expense of the Poor

posted by Eric Sapp

[Part 5 of “The Primer on Scripture and the Budget for 2009” being released and discussed at www.faithfuldemocrats.com]   Democrats must not get into the business of throwing stones, but neither should we allow Republicans to continue to portray us as […]

Charity with A Catch: No Religion, No Food.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

There is a church in Indiana which requires people taking advantage of the food kitchen and homeless shelter to also participate in the life of the church.  In short hand – no religion, no food. Just to be clear, the church […]

Scripture on the Budget: What the Bible Says About National Priorities

posted by Eric Sapp

We all know that as soon as we start talking about budget and taxes, the Republicans put away their Bibles and turn to Darwinian social and economic theories to support their policy positions.   The problem is that Democrats and progressives […]

The Poverty Forum: Pragmatism or Selling Out?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Jim Wallis reported on these three things that Christians from across ideological and political divides agreed upon at the Poverty Forum We all found three substantial things on which we could agree.  First, the moral test of any society is its treatment […]

The Right Name for the Religious Right

posted by Randall Balmer

According to a recent article on the Christianity Today Web site, leaders of the Religious Right are taking exception to the nomenclature that others use to describe them. “There is an ongoing battle for the vocabulary of our debate,” Gary Bauer, a leader of […]

God In a Box: Dissenting Thoughts On Obama’s Faith-Based Office

posted by Ed Kilgore

As it happens, I am a huge and consistent supporter of President Barack Obama and his agenda.  I’ve spent a lot of time explaining and defending his approach to “bipartisanship,” which doesn’t have many friends, left or right, these days.  And moreover, […]

A cry from the political wilderness about stimulus

posted by Eric Sapp

(Cross-posted from FaithfulDemocrats)   When examining the morality of a society or government, most people would probably argue that the most important thing to look at is how it acted.  I would argue, however, that it is at least as […]

The Stimulus Package: A View from The Pew (by Rev. Donna Schaper)

posted by guestblogger

The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church in New York City and author of GRASS ROOTS GARDENING: RITUALS TO SUSTAIN ACTIVISM. My people are shovel ready: they are ready to shovel the manure out of […]

Millard Fuller: Service, Justice and the kingdom of God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A couple of years ago a group of Princeton students went on a Habitat trip to Mexico. They learned about Mexican culture, relished being away from the pressure of the Princeton bubble and, of course, built houses.  One of the […]

Shovel Ready Jobs Needed in Washington

posted by Burns Strider

Cross Posted at www.faithfuldemocrats.com   Pungent piles of Republican nay-saying to the American jobs and stimulus package are getting so deep in Washington that shovel-ready jobs are needed to shovel it all to the dump. Could this be the Republican job creation package?   […]

Compassion for a Heart So Wounded

posted by Brian McLaren

cross posted from brianmclaren.net  I got this email message today …  Get away from earth with your godless emergent church, McLaren, perhaps to hell? Could you do it a little bit faster?!! It would help the rightious christians around the […]

God Damn Wall Street!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Ok, I had to get a little Jeremiah Wright off my chest because the disgusting behavior of Wall Street while our economy crumbles has made it tough to maintain equanimity.     The rip off disgrace of Bernie Madeoff, the spa adventures of […]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Bob Herbert wrote his column today in the New York Times about the political power of prayer to make peace in Liberia as documented in Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The next time someone says to you that religion is […]

The Pope’s historical revisions

posted by David Gibson

Benedict XVI continues to take heat on two fronts since last weekend’s reinstatement of four far-right, schismatic bishops: from Catholics anywhere to the left of Franco are upset at the implicit repudiation of Vatican II, and from Jews who are […]

A wonderful and refreshing new theological look at the abortion debate

posted by Eric Sapp

It is not often that one comes across a way to approach the abortion debate that is new…so imagine my surprise and delight when I read the challenging piece on faithfuldemocrats.com that raised theological questions about this debate I had […]

Harmonies of Liberty by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins gave a rousing sermon at the National Prayer Service today.  She was the first women to be given this honor and she hit it out of the park.  With Bishop Gene Robinson and Rev. Joe Lowery, […]

The Inauguration According to Westboro Baptist Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just our own little bit of American Christian fundamentalism at the inauguration.  (I think they are secretly a radical pro-gay group doing street theater)

CHANGING LEADERS AND ENDURING VALUES

posted by Welton Gaddy

Just as I seek to protect appropriate boundaries between religion and government, I also protect appropriate boundaries between my work as President of Interfaith Alliance and my role as Pastor of Northminster Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. That is not […]

A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (by Marian Wright Edelman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Marian Wright Edelman is the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. The following is an excerpt from Ms. Edelman’s book: The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small.  This is a long post for Progressive Revival but on […]

Barack Obama, Race and the Power of Progress!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

There have been many, (many!) Barack Obama t-shirts that appeared over the long months of the presidential election, but my favorite was the multi-colored portrait of the candidate boldly underlined with the word “Progress.”  Progress was promised in the policies […]

Dear Rick: A Lesson on Race

posted by Renita Weems

Dear Rick: A Lesson on Race It took several days for me to decide whether to post the email below. It arrived Sunday night in my mailbox. I read it and became immediately suspicious. “You kidding, right?”  It’s obvious that […]

So Help Obama God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Another prayer controversy – and it doesn’t involve either Warren or Robinson.  Should Obama say the words “So help me God” as he is sworn in on Tuesday? Obama wants to, a group of atheists doesn’t.  The atheist group is […]

Gene and Rick: Post-Partisan Parable 2

posted by Diana Butler Bass

A few days ago, the Obama team announced that Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop who is an openly partnered gay man, will pray at Sunday’s Inauguration rock concert on the National Mall.    On the Rachel Maddow Show, Bishop […]

The Sideshow — News and Lessons from the Republican Civil War

posted by Burns Strider

Republicans have a problem… they don’t know who they are. Devastated The 2006 and 2008 election cycles were devastating for the GOP. They went from the Roveian-based belief that they had basically won the political war and Democrats would be […]

Mark Driscoll’s Bullying Pulpit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Mark Driscoll (aka the cussing preacher) was profiled in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday.  Here is an excerpt: “God called Driscoll to preach to men — particularly young men — to save them from an American Protestantism that […]

The Booming, Powerful Voice of Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

posted by Burns Strider

One of the many blessings I have been afforded over the years was the opportunity to serve and work for Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. As a white Southerner, this African American Congressman, also of the South, taught me […]

The Truth About Rick Warren In Africa

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Max Blumenthal on Daily Beast digs deeper into the work of Rick Warren in Africa.   “Team Obama likes to cite Warren’s work on AIDS in Africa to combat criticism about the controversial pastor. But how does burning condoms in […]

Barack Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama’s transition team is ringing in the New Year with a series of meetings with religious groups reports Dan Gilgoff at US News.  It is striking that the names that dominate the list are the very ones that some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SOME ADVOCACY

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Missionary Giving and Waste

posted by tcampolo

Rick Warren, the most prominent Evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Given the effectiveness of his organizational skills and the extensive direct involvement that […]

How Does a President Chose a Church?

posted by Eric Sapp

My good friend Amy Sullivan is a very hard act to follow in any writing assignment, and she covered this topic very well for Time last week.  But in an attempt to help provide a little perspective for our good […]

Bob Jones University is Right

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on www.faithfuldemocrats.com) Thereis a danger in our polarized society of loudly critiquing missteps by ourpolitical or ideological opponents and remaining silent when they do the rightthing.   Today,Bob Jones Universityjust did the right thing and showed humility and Christian repentance […]

The Christian View – As presented by The Onion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

America’s finest news source,The Onion,has an editorial from another Christian perspective.   Warning: She’s not one of those “Love Thy Neighbor Christians.” Everybody has this image of “crazy Christians” based on what they hear in the media, but it’s just not true. […]

Obama’s Church Choice

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The church Barack and Michelle Obama chose to join will send a signal about their beliefs and values.  Amy Sulivan at Time Magazine writes a fun piece that features various religious folks offering suggestions. Dear Mr. President-elect, No doubt you have […]

Much Ado about Obama Sending Girls to Private School

posted by Eric Sapp

(Cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com) I have received a number of emails and seen a lot written about Obama’s decision not to send his girls to DC public schools.  People are saying he has thrown the urban public school system under the […]

Be a friend to yourself and the world …

posted by Brian McLaren

Over at the Sojourners blog, several of us have been asked to post a word of advice for the president-elect. Here’s what I shared there … It’s more of a pastoral/personal nature, since I knew that others would hit specific […]

Economics is THE Religious Issue

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Was religion an important issue in this election?  Or was Barack Obama’s election a matter of economics?   Exit polls reveal that white Protestants voted in large numbers for John McCain for president–thus making them the primary religious group left […]

Felons Can’t Vote…Unless they are IN the Senate?!

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com)   Wow, what a night.  I know everyone is going to be writing about Obama and the incredible races and probably has more energy and insight than I at this moment.  But something struck me about the […]

Mississippi Republicans Rig Ballots… Voter Fraud in Play

posted by Burns Strider

Phil Singer over at “The Marathon Blog” has broke the story that Mississippi Republicans are defrauding the system and attempting to steal the election from the voters of Mississippi. It’s simple… Mississippi’s African American communities come together and choose candidates […]

Dole in Final Week Takes Up Role as Poster Child for All that is Wrong in Politics… and It Backslides… I Mean Backfires…

posted by Burns Strider

I’ve seen some misleading and terrible political ads over the years but Elizabeth Dole’s attack on her opponent, North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan, pretty much takes the wafer… and grape juice. Senator Dole is losing. What does she […]

All Saints

posted by Sara Miles

Today, the Sunday before the election, we celebrated All Saints’ Day at church. Because my tradition considers the “saints” to include all of God’s holy people in every time and place, we honor not just the orthodox and canonical saints, […]

James Dobson’s letter from 2012

posted by Welton Gaddy

The so called “letter from 2012” released by James Dobson is one of the most disingenuous pieces of political rhetoric I have ever encountered. The letter, portrayed as his worst fears, actually reveals the details of his agenda over the […]

International Religious Freedom: The orphan issue of 2008

posted by David Gibson

Amid the final campaign push, the 10th anniversary of the nation’s landmark covenant on international religious freedom passed largely unnoticed on Monday. That is more than a shame. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) was passed by a […]

Join Us in Responding to Dobson 2012 Letter

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Respond to Focus on the Family Action “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America” James Dobson is promoting a Letter from 2012 purporting to offer a vision after four years of an Obama administration. This letter, filled with doomsday projections, is […]

Surprise! Christian Right Running on Fear

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Huffington Post Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is […]

Spreading the Wealth, and other Christian Values

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a now famous exchange with Joe the Plumber (aka Joe Wurzelbacher), Senator Obama said: “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”  This quote has been the rallying call of the McCain campaign for […]

Rev. Jim Wallis Shares “My Personal ‘Faith Priorities’ for this Election”

posted by Burns Strider

I was emailing this evening with Jim Wallis. Its always a blessing to hear what’s on Reverend Wallis’ mind. He’s a good friend, great leader, prophetic minister and caring pastor. He mentioned a recent posting of his at God’s Politics. […]

God, Marriage and Proposition 8

posted by Sara Miles

Given war, hunger, and the world-wide economic meltdown, it’s hard for me to have a lot of patience with the ideologues who, once again, have dragged the issue of gay marriage onto my state’s ballot as if it were the […]

Just When You Thought You Were an American… Conservatives Say Not So Fast.

posted by Burns Strider

Governor Palin and her brand of Republicanism are about to overcook my grits.   She and those who drink from the same mug have decided that you are not a real American, maybe you are even anti-American, if you either […]

The Tale of Two Presidents and one Economy

posted by Eric Sapp

Marta Cook over at Faithful Democrats just did a great post on the differences between how American families fared during the Clinton and Bush years.   She based her post on a report by Third Way (my favorite of the progressive […]

“Racism is a sin”…A bishop speaks out

posted by David Gibson

I have heard of few religious leaders speaking out against the ugliness emerging from the campaign trail, especially on race and violence. That makes this powerful essay in the latest issue of the Jesuit weekly America that much more welcome. It is by Bishop Blase […]

Republican Earmarks for Gay Porn: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

The Danville Register and Bee–the paper that originally broke the story about Rep. Virgil Goode’s connections with the “gay coming of age” movie, Eden’s Curve, and Goode’s earmarks to its producer–just released a very good editorial explaining their reasons for […]

Conservative GOP Congressman + his earmark for gay porn flick = interesting times in VA

posted by Eric Sapp

OK, I’m not making this up.  But it just came out that Rep. Virgil Goode, notorious for leading the protest against Rep. Ellison’s desire to be sworn in on the Koran and for being an outspoken opponent of gay rights, […]

Jesus Christ: Do you REALLY know him?

posted by David Gibson

Seriously. His entire track record is hearsay. The four accounts we have of his life contradict each other and they’re probably not historically reliable. Besides, he was born in Palestine, for crying out loud. You all have to ask these hard questions. The MSM […]

An Open Letter to Sister Sarah

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In an interview with Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin responded to the host’s question about her attacks on Barack Obama.  Praising her for “forcefulness,” Rush asked, “Can you attack as you wish?”  Palin replied, “I’ve got nothing to lose in this.” […]

Parker Griffith of Alabama Calls Americans to Stand Tall, be Patriotic and Embrace Their Faith. Bloggers Who Support His Opponent Think He’s Wrong to Believe These Things

posted by Burns Strider

Parker Griffith, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, while speaking to a Baptist association as a fellow believer, recently made one of the most patriotic and faith-infused statements a candidate can make:   “I think America’s […]

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis

posted by Paul Raushenbush

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis,   The past few weeks have provided a vivid reminder that we are in a global crisis.  This is not restricted to what is happening with the stock markets.  […]

Faith of their Fathers? Not When it Comes to the Culture Wars

posted by Robert P. Jones

Given the divisive role religion played in the 2004 election, many progressives have been waiting for a resumption of the culture wars in this election season.  Yet despite the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, (a Pentecostal governor […]

Gambling with Politics

posted by Eric Sapp

Tabitha Knerr at Faithfuldemocrats.com just posted a great piece on all the many ties between Republicans and the gambling industry that are starting to pop up in races around the country.  I commented recently on the effect Sheldon Adelson–the GOP […]

“Where Your Trasure Is”: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com)   Talk about politics making strange bedfellows.  Who would have thought that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans would join forces to defeat one of the strongest legislative pushes I’ve seen in recent years, one backed by the […]

Catholic Bishops offer a Five-Point Bailout Plan

posted by David Gibson

A strong statement from the head of the U.S. bishops domestic justice committee offers five conditions to guide any rescue/bailout package. In the Sept. 26 statement (it didn’t get much press; I just found it now via ZENIT), Bishop William […]

A Spiritual Bailout

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Over the summer, a seventy-year old family member has struggled mightily with the possibility of losing her home.  For many months, she has been in a financial meltdown, one unnoticed by politicians claiming that the economy was “sound.” Washington politicians […]

Paying For Prophecy

posted by Ed Kilgore

As most politically active Americans focused on the financial system bailout legislation over the weekend, 33 Christian ministers took the occasion of Sunday sermons to defy federal tax regulations prohibiting endorsement of political candidates by churches and other tax-exempt organizations.  […]

Obama Takes Debate at Ole Miss

posted by Burns Strider

Senator Obama had a good night at Ole Miss. He dominated the opening discussion on the economy and held his own during the discussion on foreign affairs. Translation: signficant night for Senator Obama. I appreciate the fact that Senator McCain […]

The Apocalypse Rears Its Head

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With media attention directed toward the largest economic story in recent American history, other stories are falling by the way.  One of the most interesting–and surely least understood–is the story of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s religious faith. As […]

No debate in Mississippi? Well, at least we wouldn’t have to help all those poor, deprived visitors understand the differences between grits and hushpuppies, cornbread and cake… molasses and glue.

posted by Burns Strider

I hope both Senators Obama and McCain show up for the debate at Ole Miss. Its important to see our two choices together, interacting, answering the same questions. Showcasing why they should be President is pretty much their job right […]

The GOP Casino Gravy Train: First Abramoff, then Reed, now Adelson

posted by Eric Sapp

Jack Abramoff’s in prison…Ralph Reed is disgraced…what’s a poor Republican to do when they need access to casino money to fund their most outrageous attacks on Democratic opponents?  Answer:  Turn to Vegas Casino Billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his shadow 527 […]

“Where Your Treasure Is”: The Economy and Values

posted by Eric Sapp

As we contemplate the fact that Republicans are arguing for the largest U.S. government interference in the free markets in our nation’s history–a bailout just shy of being equal to the entire US debt when Ronald Reagan became President–Democrats MUST […]

Miami Archbishop: We’re not “party bosses”

posted by David Gibson

That is the bracing message from Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora in a Sept. 12 column that is the best rendering I’ve yet seen of how the church–and the bishops–can approach the elections. The statement is titled “Why we don’t take […]

Inside Obama’s God Ops

posted by David Gibson

Barack Obama is not giving up on faith-based voters. While polls seem to show voters stuck in same pattern as 2004, despite the Democrat’s persistent outreach and God talk, the campaign is redoubling its efforts and rejecting suggestions that the […]

Abortion? Gay marriage? It’s the (stupid) economy–again!

posted by David Gibson

Do the hot-button culture war issues like abortion and gay marriage matter? If you read only blogs or the news coverage (such as this NYTimes story, “Abortion Issue Again Dividing Catholics”) you might get the impression that these are the […]

Among the Unbelievers: New poll shows secularist strength

posted by David Gibson

Results from the huge American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of 2000 stunned many and led to heated debates when it showed some 14 percent of Americans embracing some form of secularism. Preliminary numbers released today from the upcoming 2008 ARIS survey […]

Hunger Advocate and Former Congressman Tony Hall Connects Faith to Economic Woes

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Beginning next week, the Matthew 25 Network will run a new ad on Christian radio stationsin Ohio connecting the Christian mandate to care for the least among uswith the economic crisis in Ohio and around the country.  FormerCongressman Tony Hall, […]

Christian-omics?

posted by David Gibson

The turmoil on Wall Street is continuing, and even though it is closer to me than even Russia is to Alaska, I understand less than little about economics. And yet the human toll of the crashes and crises is poignantly clear, and is spreading.  […]

Politically Speaking, Everything is a Value for a Values Voter… Like the Economy

posted by Burns Strider

How is it that many, from left to right, who believe and argue that “values” and religion play a primary role in driving voting choices don’t equate “economic” issues and concerns as values-driven?   How is it that those who are […]

Apology Needed

posted by rsider

The “Obama Waffles” episode illustrates the racism that everyone knew would surface around the murky edges of the pro-McCain campaign.  That was inevitable.  What should not be inevitable and certainly not tolerated is that evangelical Christians play a role in […]

What Do You Do When Your Senate Candidate Flounders? Mississippi Republicans Resort to Ballot Manipulation

posted by Burns Strider

Mississippi‘s Republican Governor and Secretary State are turning the November ballot upside down in Magnolia state. They are putting a race for the United State’s Senate, the most high-profile race in the state, at the end of the ballot. The […]

Praying for Pipeline

posted by Randall Balmer

Some years ago, Melissa Fay Greene wrote a book about the rural South entitled Praying for Sheetrock. If Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, ever published an autobiography, she might consider calling it Praying for Pipeline. It appears that God […]

An Ironic Night at the RNC

posted by Brian McLaren

There were four highly ironic moments for me last night, watching the RNC on television. First, Rudy Giuliani seemed to side with down-to-earth, rural, moral, family-friendly middle America against the urban, educated, gay-friendly, divorcing East Coast elite – and neither […]

Disappointed in Palin’s Speech

posted by Mara Vanderslice

As a woman and as a Christian- I came away deeply disappointed by the speech Sarah Palin gave tonight in front of the RNC Convention. At a time in our country’s history when we have a chance to address the […]

Palin cut funding for pregnant moms in need

posted by David Gibson

The Washington Post has the story here, and a facsimile of the bill on which Palin herself wrote out how much to cut and where: ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that […]

“Palin’s pregnant!” Easy, easy…It’s only her unwed 17-year-old daughter.

posted by David Gibson

I had thought the terrifying onslaught of Gustav and the efforts by the GOP to dodge the Katrina bullet–or turn it to McCain’s benefit–would be the story of the day, but the bombshell news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol […]

Notes from the Old Empire (by Sara Miles)

posted by Sara Miles

    “Of course,” Patricia told me, leaning in close, “of course English people don’t even like the Scottish.” Patricia, the funny, perceptive, activist wife of a progressive Church of England vicar, made a face. ” I have no idea if […]

Picking Palin: McCain’s Folly, or “crazy like a fox”?

posted by David Gibson

John McCain has certainly revived his maverick label by picking–or plucking from obscurity–freshman Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. (WaPo coverage here, and NYT coverage here.) Like every candidate, there are pluses and minuses with her. On the plus side, […]

The Struggle for Common Ideals

THE STRUGGLE FOR COMMON IDEALS As many of the present blogs indicate, religious leaders from every tradition, both Christian and not, are beginning to gather together–as distinct from the usual denominational gatherings of religious leaders common to most election seasons […]

Baptism by Politics: Sacraments and “The Saddleback Confession”

posted by David Gibson

In his quest to prune the overgrowth of Christianity to reveal to root of the faith, Martin Luther famously reduced the number of sacraments from seven to three, discarding Holy Orders, Last Rites (now known as the Anointing of the Sick), […]

Dems, abortion, and the Wisdom of Solomon

posted by David Gibson

CBN’s David Brody has the proposed language for the Democrats platform plank on abortion, and contrary to some expectations, it appears the voices for “change”–such as Democrats for Life and Feminists for Life–have made important headway. TNR had a good piece […]

Pavlovian Premillennialism

posted by Randall Balmer

I suppose you’ve got to give the Republicans of the Rove era credit for their inventiveness, if not their chutzpah. In 2004 their nominee, who had essentially been a draft dodger, was pitted against a genuine Vietnam War hero (a […]

More on Evangelicals and Abortion

posted by Ed Kilgore

I did a post here a week ago raising a number of questions, theological and cultural, about the much higher tendency of white evangelicals to hold strong anti-abortion views, as compared to Catholics.  It took a while, but I’m glad to […]

More high jinks from those jokesters on the Religious Right…

posted by David Gibson

This time the hilarity is from Stuart Shepard, correspondent for the Focus on the Family network (that’s run by that guy, whatsiname, who said he’d never ever endorse McCain–ecxept he might), who muses on bothering God about prayers for some […]

Dog Whistles, Hypocrisy, and “Traditional” Christianity

posted by Ed Kilgore

I’m less certain than Mara Vanderslice that John McCain’s recent pattern of decrying Barack Obama’s “messianism” is a deliberate effort to label him as the Antichrist.  It’s not that I consider Team McCain incapable of “dog whistle” appeals to the Christian Right; their candidate has […]

Pursuing Justice One Step at a Time

posted by Rabbi Or N. Rose

Earlier this week, a group of thirty or so young Jews, Christians, and Muslims came together to participate in a voter registration drive in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  Working in partnership with the local ACORN branch, the interfaith activists […]

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