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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

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Al Qaeda in eclipse

posted by Mark Silk

That’s what the tide of revolt in the Arab world signifies, at least according to Scott Shane’s news analysis in today’s NYT: For many specialists on terrorism and the Middle East, though not all, the past few weeks have the […]

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Union Gap v. God Gap

posted by Mark Silk

That’s pretty much the bottom line in Nate Silver’s regression analysis of the impact of 23 demographic factors on partisan voting in the 2008 election. His object was to see how much of a difference union membership makes to the […]

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Forms of Infidelity in America

posted by Mark Silk

Secularism and atheism on the rise. Paganism and agnosticism not so much. Adultery way up there. (H/T Culturomics)

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Social conservatives keep hearting Huck

posted by Mark Silk

Gallup’s new portrait of GOP presidential candidate preferences by issue preference displays some moderately interesting features. Among frontrunners Huckabee, Romney, and Palin, Huckabee is the choice of social conservatives; Romney, of economic conservatives; and Palin, of foreign policy conservatives. Mostly […]

Onward GOP Crusaders!

posted by Mark Silk

Visiting a private Christian school in South Carolina two days ago, former PA senator and would-be GOP presidential nominee Rick Santorum opined, “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our […]

Finding the Tea Party God Gap

posted by Mark Silk

Surprise, surprise! Not. Pew’s latest report on religion and the Tea Party shows Tea Party support to be centrally located in the community of white evangelicals, who are five times more likely to agree than disagree with the T.P. agenda. […]

Navy decides to recognize C.O.’s conscience

posted by Mark Silk

Back around Thanksgiving, we brought you the story of Michael Izbicki, the ensign and Annapolis grad who had sued the Navy in federal court for turning down his application to be discharged because his Christian faith had led him become […]

Archbishop Dolan’s complaint

posted by Mark Silk

Earlier this month, the big dog in the Catholic hierarchy, Tim Dolan of New York, told NCR’s John Allen that church leaders needed to project a “sense of contrition” if they are to recover their pre-scandal credibility. “What we have […]

What’s wrong with J Street

posted by Mark Silk

What to make of J Street, the Israel Lobby of the Left that has created such heartburn in the American Jewish Establishment? Jim Besser, the Jewish Week‘s veteran Washington correspondent, offers a fine, well-balanced guide for the perplexed in advance […]

Book of Moses Popularity Contest

posted by Mark Silk

Genesis: good storiesLeviticus: abominations

The New Class hearts religion

posted by Mark Silk

One of the sovereign beliefs of the culture warriors of the right is that the problem with America is that it is in the grip of over-educated elites who don’t uphold the traditional values of God and country. Especially God. […]

The Gospel Popularity Contest

posted by Mark Silk

According to Culturomics. Explanations?

The abuse crisis continues

posted by Mark Silk

“Will it never end?” Michael Sean Winters asked last week in contemplating the indictment handed up by a Philadelphia grand jury for sexual abuse against three priests, a lay teacher, and–most importantly–the high archdiocesan official who managed the cover-up. The […]

Egypt’s challenge

posted by Mark Silk

From Anthony Shadid’s report in today’s NYT: “I think the most important challenge for Egypt the next few years is how to build a new civil culture,” said Hanna Grace, an opposition leader. “Not military, not religious, but a civil […]

Apostle Oaks and Religious Freedom

posted by Mark Silk

Dallin Oaks, one of the LDS Church’s dozen Apostles, spoke last week on “Preserving Religious Freedom” at the Chapman University School of Law, and an interesting speech it was. Not least interesting was the way Oaks surrounded what he had […]

No experience required

posted by Mark Silk

seems to be the philosophy of the Obama administration when it comes to its top religion jobs. Joshua DuBois, head of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, had no background in social service provision. The ambassador to the Holy […]

Don’t stone the Vatican

posted by Mark Silk

Another document that reveals a Vatican official urging a bishop to be, ah, less than forthcoming with the civil authorities about a priest sex offender has inspired reflections from the NCR’s veteran Vatican hand, John Allen. Like a lot of […]

A graphic history of the culture wars

posted by Mark Silk

Or, what was it about the 90s? Courtesy culturomics.

Faith-based Office has new Advisors!

posted by Mark Silk

Last Friday, the White House rolled out the first dozen names of those who will serve on the second iteration of the 25-member Advisory Council of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (OFANP). Given that the last Council wrapped […]

The pope’s organ donor card

posted by Mark Silk

I’m a medievalist, so forgive me. But I’m sorry to learn that Pope Benedict decided to turn in his organ donor card when he became pope. I don’t believe scholastic theologians would have had a problem had he decided to […]

Religious influence, more or less

posted by Mark Silk

Here is how Americans have, over the past decade, responded to Gallup’s question about whether they want organized religion to have more or less influence in their nation. What’s the interpretation? I’d say the relevant correlation is with the politically […]

Washington Post Hearts Fundamentalism

posted by Mark Silk

“Evolution runs directly counter to most major world religions, which teach that God created the world in some form or another.” That pithy, “Voice of God” sentence was written yesterday by Julia Duin, late of the Washington Times, now anchor […]

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I confess to feeling a little bit queasy about the American Values Network's new video hoisting Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Rush Limbaugh, and other GOP luminaries on the petard of Ayn Rand and her atheistic philosophy of objectivism. Take a ...

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Whither evangelicals?
I'm fully prepared to believe that Mitch Daniels' family proved to be the unleapable hurdle in his abortive run-up to the GOP presidential race. Imagine yourself as wife Cheri, having split for the coast to marry on old flame, your husband and ...

posted 9:19:56am May. 23, 2011 | read full post »

No more "social conservatives"
With the presidential election cycle getting up to speed, it's time for reporters and yakkers like me to stop writing about "social conservatives" as if they were an identifiable segment of the voting population. I say this as someone who has ...

posted 8:25:11am May. 20, 2011 | read full post »

So clerical celibacy was not the problem?
Those on the Catholic left are not very happy that the Jay Report declines in no uncertain terms to blame clerical celibacy for the sexual abuse crisis. As the report puts it: Factors that remained consistent over this time period, such as ...

posted 9:50:34am May. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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