Immoral Moralism

A few years ago, when there was a hot debate among Methodists about having SMU host the Bush Library, I was the target of a singular public accusation. Because I did not oppose the library my name was added to an email blast of those who were “torturers.” The logic was simple, indeed simplistic. If [Read More...]

Religious Freedom or Oppressive Religion?

On the 11th of May the New York Times ran an article with the following title: “For Ultra-Orthodox in Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules.” It reported that the ultra-Orthodox advocacy group Agudath Israel of America was instructing adherent Jews that they could report allegations of child sexual abuse to district attorneys or the police [Read More...]

The End of Civil Religion in America

Yes, I know. Being civil about religion in America is already long dead. Stridency is the order of the day, with politicians, pastors, imams, rabbis and news commentators trying to outdo each other in inflammatory rhetoric and wounded indignation. America’s public space is like a kindergarten playground at recess. But if we aren’t civil about [Read More...]

The Christian Basis for a Religiously Plural Democracy

In the last blog I asked how those who exercise their political responsibilities out of Christian commitment could share those responsibilities with non-Christians. The answer, if not simple, is itself profoundly Christian. One can start at many different places in the Bible to understand how people of different religions can share in a common human [Read More...]

Minority Report

Jesus said “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is a statement every Christian knows, but surprisingly few seem to consider when they think about the problem of civic identity and the nature of their national home. Particularly among that group that identifies itself as “conservative Christian” there is a [Read More...]

Is God a Christian?

he has consistently confused universal human challenges with religious framings of those challenges, and the result is less than helpful. [Read more...]

Worldview, Attitude, and Discipleship

The problem with the concept of a Biblical worldview is that such a worldview never existed until it was constructed by 20th century evangelicals and the first 21st century pope. [Read more...]

The Biblical Worldview versus Modernity

. . . the spectacles of revelation can never fully cure our myopia. [Read more...]

On Death and Vengence

Osama bin Laden is dead. Many have celebrated; an understandable reaction and one quite similar to celebrations attested to in the Bible. A most realistic document. Whether such rejoicing represents the highest human response to the death of an enemy those with greater wisdom can debate. The Bible would suggest not. A most idealistic document. [Read More...]

Illness and Death in the World’s Religions

Illness in the World’s Religions Robert Hunt DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their [Read More...]


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