Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk
October 2010 Archives

Last week, the Virginia Baptist Mission Board decided it was time to push back against the historical revisionism of Barton, Skousen, and Beck. that tries to pretend that the United States was not founded on the principle of separation of […]

If you’re not religious at all, it’s not going to increase your wellness to become moderately religious. Now if you become very religious, it’ll increase your wellness a little bit. According to Gallup. Moral: Don’t worry about the relationship between […]

Whatever happened to Rod Dreher? As a writer he wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Actually, he wasn’t my cup of tea. But he had a distinctive voice that made him into Beliefnet’s premier blogger, and seems to have earned him […]

I know all of you have been waiting with bated breath for an update on how the country’s only Prosperity Gospel campaign has been going. That would be the AG race in Connecticut, in which GOP candidate Martha Dean is […]

I’ve been following with interest the back-and-forth following my post on Christine O’Donnell and the First Amendment, and would like to offer a few remarks in response to Paul Thompson. Thompson believes that the United States currently protects a secularist […]

JW: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country.  But when I get on airplane, I got to tell you, if I see people […]

I’m afraid to say that His Merry Rotundity Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, is bidding fair to turn into the ecclesiastical twin of His Grumpy Bullyship William Donohue, president of the Catholic League. They’re both of a size, and […]

The new collection of cardinals named by Pope Benedict yesterday is heavy with officials of the Roman curia. According to Tom Reese (in an emailed piece not yet posted now posted here), the curial component of the College of Cardinals […]

Over at Religion Dispatches, Candace Chellew-Hodge contends that Christine O’Donnell knew exactly what she was about during her close encounter with the First Amendment at Widener University Law School the other day: Sure, the smarty-pants in the audience might have […]

After Josh Marshall officially recognized me as an Aqua Buddhist this afternoon, I figured I’d better find something out about this Aqua Buddha. Who to call but my learned colleague Elli Findly, adept of all things Asian and religious. Sad […]