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March 15, 2010 |
Like many Americans, Doug Pagitt grew up outside the world of organized religion. Neither his parents nor his grandparents were churchgoers, and there was no expectation that he would be any different. Today, with his goatee, ear stud and funky clothes, he could easily pass for the sort of Gen X hipster who lives an entirely secular life. But at 17, Pagitt saw a Passion play that hit him like a thunderbolt, and he wound up becoming a Christian pastor. His church in Minneapolis, Solomon's Porch, is blazing a trail in a new movement that could be called Church 2.0. That was, in fact, one of the terms used last week during a three-day conference about the future of American Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology.
August 19, 2008 |
American Christians whose 315 Bibles were confiscated by Chinese officials left the Kunming airport after a 26-hour standoff. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had said they would not leave the airport until Communist authorities returned the Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. But the group said the U.S. Embassy told them that Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the nation for more than personal use. Pat Klein, a representative of the group, said he was told he could pick up the Bibles on his way out of the country.
October 10, 2007 |
The social historian and essayist Garry Wills is one of our most lucid public intellectuals, and no one working today writes more clearly or with greater authority on the intersection of religion and public life. "Head and Heart: American Christianities" is a major contribution to the national debate over separation of church and state and ought to be read by anyone perplexed by the current interplay of religion and politics. If you've wondered whether Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
November 4, 2004
John Kerry lost because the Democratic Party has gone so far to the left that evangelical Christians simply cannot support it. The Democratic Party is seen throughout America as anti-Christian, and for good reason. The ACLU, stem cell research, pro-choice stances and Hollywood all serve to convince Christians that they cannot support a Democratic candidate. Although members of the liberal elite like to think that they're better, smarter and fitter to lead than everyone else, the election shows that they are sadly out of touch with middle America.
October 16, 2004 |
Herndon L. DAVIS grew up Baptist. The son of a minister, he did not stray like so many who abandoned their Sunday morning churchgoing ritual as young adults. When he moved to Atlanta for graduate school and work as a financial analyst, he joined another Baptist congregation; he felt right at home. Until that fire-and-brimstone sermon -- the one titled "When God Gives Up on You." The one about homosexuals as an abomination.
December 16, 2003
Re "With God, Bush Is on the Right Side," Commentary, Dec. 12: Jack Miles was precisely on target. When I began studying the Koran and converted to Islam, I continued to worship the same God to whom I had prayed since I was a child, and about whom I learned in Catholic school. The notion that Allah is not the God of the Jews and Christians is, frankly, absurd. The many mainstream Christians whom I have met have never imagined such a claim as is made by evangelical theologian Richard Land.