How does that birth control ruling affect U.S. religion?

THE RELIGION GUY EXPLAINS that no-one has yet posted a question on the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing certain religious exemptions from the Obama Administration’s birth control mandate. So The Guy is posting his own analysis of an important case that highlights the nation’s religious, moral, legal, and political divisions. The case involved [Read More...]

Where does anti-Hitler hero Dietrich Bonhoeffer fit?

JOHN ASKS: [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] was a hero and martyr for the faith, but is it possible evangelical Christians in America have lionized someone whose theology is not actually in sync with theirs? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Books by and about Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) sell without letup, including no less than seven biographies since [Read More...]

What’s the track record when atheists wield political power?

DUANE’S QUESTION: He’d like to know what The Religion Guy was talking about in this from “Religion Q and A” on June 8: “When atheists seized governments in the 20th Century they fused their belief in unbelief with state power and enforced it with a cruel vengeance unmatched by the worst cross-and-crown tyrannies during Christendom’s [Read More...]

Do religions influence China’s atheistic rulers?

MADDIE ASKS: How much of … eastern and western religions have had an influence on the [atheistic Chinese Communist] Party’s ideology? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Not much, on the surface, but there’s obvious affinity with Confucianism that the Communist authorities don’t admit. However — Is Confucianism a “religion” or a mere humanistic philosophy, since it lacks [Read More...]

Which religions favor separation of church and state?

LISA ASKS: Do all religions teach separation between church and state? If not, which ones, and why? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Separation of church and state (the usual phrasing though “of religion and state” is often more accurate) is an achievement of modern politics and by no means a universal one. Among world religions, after long [Read More...]

Can Christian unity help a troubled Ukraine?

SANDRA ASKS: Can common ground be found to unite the Ukrainian-speaking and Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine [and could the harmony across church lines] during the Maidan protests point the way? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Possibly. But this troubled nation with a declining population of 45 million has excruciating religious and political history to overcome. It [Read More...]

Near death: Is “Heaven Is For Real” for real?

MICHAEL-ANN ASKS: How well do you think [the current "Heaven Is For Real" movie] addresses communicating out-of-body spiritual experiences? AND ART ASKS: [Regarding the "countless books" on near-death experiences such as "Heaven Is For Real"]: Is there any legitimate connection between these and Christian views of the next life? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Since maybe a [Read More...]

How “make sense” of a Muslim “atrocity”?

MICHAEL’S QUESTION: As a “religious pluralist,” Michael needs to “somehow make sense of the seemingly (in many other instances) peace-loving and merciful Muhammad simultaneously being involved in what in all honesty appears quite atrocious.” He refers to Muslims killing 400 to 1,000 Arabian Jews after winning the pivotal Battle of the Trench in 627 (C.E.). THE [Read More...]

Should town council prayers have been legalized?

BRAD ASKS: [Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's new Greece v. Galloway ruling that allows prayers before town council meetings]: Is the door being nudged open for an ugly discourse on separation of church and state? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Brad fears this pro-prayer decision might stir up ugliness, but The Guy thinks there’s be more of [Read More...]

Pope Francis on economics: How innovative? How savvy?

JIM ASKS: Conservative commentators ridiculed [Pope Francis's decree Evangelii Gaudium] for its criticism of the free market system. But how different, really, is Francis’s thinking from his predecessors? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: The Catholic Church is experiencing Hurricane Francis, the early phase of what may become the most liberal pontificate in a half-century. The new [Read More...]


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