A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one – a priest, a rabbi and an Imam walk into a diner… and have a fun, light-hearted, and sometimes irreverent conversation about the big spiritual questions at the heart of the National Geographic Channel’s “Story of God with Morgan Freeman.”  Rabbi Deborah Shuldenfrei, Pastor Touré Roberts, and Imam Jihad Turk tackle topics such as creation, the end of the world, and what awaits us after this life – each injecting their own style and religious perspective into the d … [Read more...]

Faith-Based Food Traditions and Religious Identities

 By Roberta Rosenthal Kwall. A Catholic chicken farmer in Kansas is making a revolutionary step forward in kosher eating, and not just because of what he brings to the dinner table. The Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch will be shipping 1,500 of its chickens in May to a rabbinically-supervised slaughterhouse in upstate New York, making kosher heritage poultry available for commercial sale for the first time since the advent of factory farming. The proprietor of the Good Shepherd ranch, … [Read more...]

Why It’s Possible to Reject the Klan and Still Support Racism

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveIf Donald Trump is telling the truth, he only recently learned that David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is an avowed segregationist. Apparently, the KKK and its history have faded from many white Americans’ memory. Jeffrey Lord argued on national television this week that the Klan is an invention of “the left.” As native sons of the South, we could forgive these men their ignorance. (“Bless their hearts. They … [Read more...]

“Covenant and Controversy”: Examining the Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism

By Joshua Sharf. Over the last 50 years, the success of Israel, America’s movement toward a more open society, and a desire for a closer relationship between Christians and Jews, have led American Christians to begin to confront the Christian roots of anti-Semitism in a serious way.The reorientation really began in late 1965, with Pope John XXIII’s Nostra Aetate, where he disavowed Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion and acknowledged the continuance of God’s covenant wi … [Read more...]

An Alum’s Personal Reflection on the Wheaton/Hawkins Imbroglio

By John Scanzoni. Christianity Today editor Mark Galli observed that the dispute between Wheaton College and Professor Larycia Hawkins should be resolved through “careful parsing.” He’d hoped that thinking through core biblical issues would enable the parties to arrive at an accord permitting Hawkins to remain on the faculty and the College to maintain its integrity. The eventual resolution, however, was the parties going their separate ways.Prior to enrolling at Wheaton I wa … [Read more...]

How Much Does Race Matter? A Conversation About the Obama Presidency

By the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson and the Rev. Dr. James Forbes.  The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary, and the venerable Rev. Dr. James Forbes, the first African American pastor of the famed Riverside Church, sat down to have a one-on-one reflection of race and the Obama presidency during Black History Month.KH: Coming to the end of the Obama presidency, it seems important that we gain some clarity on the impact of race over … [Read more...]

How Do We Stop the World’s Most Deadly Terrorist Group?

By Kimberly Smith. “Evidence suggests that this optimism owes more to government hype than reality.” This statement could easily be from any mainstream media source accurately covering U.S. politics or our current electoral posturing. In this case, however, it happens to be from a report on the government of Nigeria whose corruption, including of U.S. funds, leaves innocent women and children vulnerable to the world’s most deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram.In a one-week spre … [Read more...]

Myanmar as a Country of the Year and a Year of the Change

By David Moe.On New Year's Eve, Burmese pastors normally read Isaiah 43:18-19—“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing.” Emphasizing verse 19 as a fundamental text for a New Year’s resolution, they encourage church members not to remember the past. But for me, it is important to review an old year with gratitude and to envision a new year with hope because our past is the clue to our identity. Without the memory of our past, we cannot for … [Read more...]

White “Militiamen” Mistake “Domination” for “Dominion”

By Shantha Ready Alonso.Embed from Getty ImagesBurns-Paiute tribal council member Jarvis Kennedy asks protest...The Burns Paiute tribe has asked armed protesters to leave and stop desecrating the land. Read more: http://on.kgw.com/1JXQLVLPosted by KGW-TV on Wednesday, January 6, 2016An armed “militia” of white men has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They plan to stay. They demand “return of local control” of the land to the mostly white population in the … [Read more...]

Patheos in 2015: The Peccadilloes, Conflicts, and Calamities of a Year in Review

By Kathleen Mulhern.The year was barely a week old when the first of many tragedies struck. Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris were stormed and eleven journalists and magazine employees were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists. Thus began a central and sorrowful theme of 2015: ideologically driven violence. Whether the undergirding ideology was religious fanaticism or racism, 2015 suffered more than its share of painful news events. Patheos writers together mourned, analyzed, and often c … [Read more...]