Evangelism fails without Dialogue

American Christians wonder, indeed should wonder, why Christianity is in decline in our nation. Why are people leaving the church? Why are so few people coming to Christ? Why are non-Christian religions growing? I want to suggest that is because we Christians have failed to meet the essential pre-condition for preaching a credible gospel. We [Read More...]

What Kind of Citizen? What Kind of State?

Running through a days worth of international news on Tuesday I found a number that help us see just how diverse and complex concepts of citizenship, religion, and state have become worldwide. In Nepal efforts to write a constitution have broken down completely. At issue? Is the state divided into geographical divisions, each of which [Read More...]

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...]

Islam in Egypt and Freedom of Conscience

Today’s New York Times (April 29, 2012) reports that Egypt’s most conservative Islamic groups have announced their support for the most liberal candidate in the upcoming presidential election: an ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader; Mr. Aboul Fotouh. He is known for saying that the Quranic injunction that there should be no compulsion in religion means that governments [Read More...]

The Arab Spring and the Islamists

To maintain its popular support the MB needs a constitution that will give it a practical mandate to govern a modern state. [Read more...]

One God, Many Paths?

And pluralist claims are simply another form of religious imperialism, colonizing the beliefs and practices of others into a religious description of reality they may not know or accept. [Read more...]

Of License Plates and the Slaughter of Cows

What happens when one religion’s ritual actions and public claims flatly assert that another religion’s ritual actions and public claims are worthless or false? [Read more...]

Shari’a in North Africa – Some Clarity Please

Neither ideology nor religion determine how a society works, that belongs to the people of that society alone as they interpret their beliefs into behavior. [Read more...]

Muslims in America

These days if you feel like a stranger in a strange land, then you have in fact come home. [Read more...]

Of Prayer and Presidency and Dialogue

Help all Texans, and Americans, get to know their neighbors of different religions well enough to be able to work together for the common good. [Read more...]


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