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March 18, 2013
"It behooves us to keep talking about the papal election for as long as possible. Once it's over, we're back to the federal budget deliberations, and I prefer a story in which nothing gets sequestered but the cardinals." Thus columnist Gail Collins spoke for many of us.
March 14, 2013
That some Israelis might wish to view the State of Israel as congruent with the traditional texts of Judaism is fully understandable. That some might wish to bring Israeli politics more 'in line' with these texts is still comprehensible.
March 11, 2013
"Selma: Sustaining the Momentum" was the title of a Dean Peerman and M.E.M. article in The Christian Centuryforty-eight years to the month after colleague Peerman and I joined several thousand protestors and prayers at the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
March 7, 2013
Since the catastrophe of September 11, ordinary Americans have sought reliable and easily accessible information about Islam and Muslims–people who are now their neighbors, co-workers, bosses, and so on. However, an intellectual gap exists between what an American typically sees in the sensationalism of media and where the reality, in all its complexity, lies.
February 28, 2013
In the wake of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner's recent crimes, media attention to his manifesto, "Last Resort," has focused on Dorner's description of racism within that police department and on the disturbing madness of his comments.
February 25, 2013
Commenting on "Christian Pop," if one is not at home in it, is precarious and will doubtless reveal how out of it the commentator is. So I wander in with a sense of mission. If "public religion" is the field of our notice, overlooking "trendy hip-hop, dubstep, funk and synch pop beats" would be to miss some very public expressions.
February 22, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Monday, February 11, 2013, has raised many questions about papal qualifications. In a recent post on the blog Think Progress, researcher and writer Jack Jenkins has enumerated some recent trends in papal attributes, which include fluency in several languages, having reached at least a certain age, and sharing the views of their predecessor.
February 18, 2013
Students of world religions sometimes speak in puzzlement about the long-held claim that "religion is a private affair." Part of that claim is based on something notable and no doubt laudable. In my tradition, Martin Luther said that just as everyone must die for him/her self, each must believe for her/himself. Here private=personal.