The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

Originally posted in Sojourners’ Blog, “God’s Politics” Written by Aaron D. Taylor There’s a famous maxim that says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Though Wikipedia says otherwise, the statement is often attributed to Edmund Burke. I doubt that Wikipedia will give me the credit for this [Read More…]

Proud and Faithful Democrats

This past weekend, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by their resident conservative religion columnist, Ross Douthat. In the title Douthat asks, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”  He then proceeds to criticize liberal Christian denominations, Episcopalians in particular, for lacking a religious reason for their own existence.  Ouch. A Church lacking a religious reason for [Read More…]

A Theology of Failure

What does it mean to have an adequate theology of failure? Or rather, what does it actually-practically-realistically mean when we say, "Out of weakness emerges strength?"   Reverend Gina Campbell raised this question last Sunday morning during her sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  The gospel reading was from Mark 6:1-6, which tells [Read More…]

You Need More than a Fishing Permit

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”   So goes the familiar proverb. It is one that has become deeply entrenched in our national ethos, and lately, the pithy maxim has found its way into our political discourse in [Read More…]

A Note on the Arms Trade Treaty

By Bishop Elias Taban, President of the South Sudan Evangelical Alliance We all know the massive damage that a tank or fighter jet can do.  When people visualize the devastation of violent conflict, our minds go to the big guns and bombs.  But I have spent over 40 years of my life at war.  I [Read More…]

Celebration of the Black Church

This post is a response to Professor Barbara Dianne Savage’s "The Myth of the Black Church." For those unfamiliar with this excerpt from Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion, Prof. Savage reflects on the lineage and diversity found in the "Black church". She characterizes the compilation of the many denominations and religious institutions [Read More…]

An Addendum to Feminist Theology

Guilty as charged. I did what every feminist theologian has been criticized for. I wrote from only one woman’s perspective. In the attempt I made last week to bring a Christian voice to the “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” conversation, I wrote from the perspective of and responded very much to wealthy, educated [Read More…]

Why I’m a Faithful Democrat

By Maggie Thornton Jesus made it clear to his disciples that “to whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). This commandment haunts me when I think about all the material goods with which I have been blessed. Sometimes I wonder if to be a “real” Christian I should just sell everything, give the [Read More…]

Having It All, or Having Full Humanity?

It’s been a busy week in media. Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down decisions on Arizona’s immigration law and the Affordable Care Act; sadly, screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away; and in the world of sports, Wimbledon is in full swing and the Olympics are right around the corner. What I can’t seem to get [Read More…]

What Today Truly Means

  In the coming days, the headlines will assign blame and credit for today’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court. The pundits on cable news will continue to peddle the rat race of modern presidential campaigns, turning every minute and meaningless poll result into a sound bite for who’s ahead and who’s behind.    Before [Read More…]