Responding to Religious Terrorism

Washington Post’s “On Faith” recently ran a fascinating debate on the question, “What to call terrorists?” I was most struck by how sharply the answers split. A number of the authorities objected stridently to the Obama administration’s efforts to separate Islamic and terrorist. “Call it what it is!” they insisted; “you’re just obscuring the facts and engaging in double-speak.” But others were equally vehement on the other side: “It’s not Islam as such that creates terrorism and terrorists. Theirs are political acts of violence, and we should label them as such. Don’t blame this all on Islam!” Guest blogger Philip Clayton invites us to watch our responses to religious terrorism… [Read more...]

The Nameless Other

“Love one another” – Jesus. When we deem someone as other, we create even more distance between us and that person. Sometimes, and quite unfairly, that person that is the other gets labeled as a sinner. The label itself engenders a picture of someone who is chronically addicted to a destructive way of life. When we create others we create outsiders. [Read more...]

God Will Never Abandon the Church

“It doesn’t matter to me if mainline denominations continue to exist in their present form. Their present form seems destined for death.” Jenny Williams at the Call & Response Blog offers this post on the future of mainline denominations. Consider her insights a preview of what’s to come next week when we present a compelling forum on the Future of Mainline Protestantism here at Patheos. [Read more...]


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