The Religious Test of Orthodox Christians in America

The trend in American culture seems to be a growing intolerance for the outward expression of orthodox Christianity.

It is no wonder those holding to orthodox Christian beliefs are being tested – both in the public and private spheres of society. The Constitution protects the free exercise of religion and prohibits a religious test to qualify for public office, but as long as the worldviews of two distinct belief systems remain in diametric... Continue Reading

What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage?

I urge every Aussie to examine the evidence, analysis the results and be clear about what you’re voting for.

In the United Kingdom, it has become abundantly clear that redefinition has affected many people, across many spheres. At first glance, these spheres appeared distinct from marriage redefinition. However, subsequent changes, have proved that they are entirely intertwined.   Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in... Continue Reading

Should a Judge’s Nomination Be Derailed by Her Faith?

During a recent hearing, Democratic senators pushed an appellate-court nominee to explain how her religious beliefs would affect her legal decisions.

As conservative, often religiously motivated positions on issues like gay marriage and banning abortion increasingly become out of step with popular opinion and legal precedent, this boundary between personal conviction and legal fidelity is going to become even tricker to navigate. What’s the line between examining a nominee’s religious convictions and believing those convictions disqualify... Continue Reading

‘The Vietnam Years’: How the Conflict Ripped the Nation’s Religious Fabric

America is about to the relive the horror and deep divisions spawned by the U.S. war in Vietnam

“Before the war began, most Christians in America possessed a naive belief in the inherent goodness of all things American,” observed American religious historian Mark G. Toulouse. “In the years following Vietnam, and later Watergate, this trust in American institutions and government officials dissipated as one of the options truly available to thoughtful Christians.”  ... Continue Reading

Football Glory Shouldn’t Mean Moral Bankruptcy

Pressure to win is too much for many coaches and universities, even at Christian schools like Baylor

“The story at Baylor is so over-the-top that it would probably break your credulity if it appeared in a novel. A series of football players’ sexual assaults and an administration’s willful obliviousness ended in the ouster of the coach, the athletic director, and the university president, Kenneth Starr.”   College football fans, your new season has... Continue Reading

This Dogma Won’t Hunt: Feinstein, Durbin, Sanders, and the New Religious Test for Office

Senators need to be reminded that the Constitution says there shall be no religious test for public office

“Feinstein claimed that many on her side are uncomfortable with dogma shaping a person’s view of the law and, presumably, the person’s worldview. This, we should note, would probably mean about 25% of the population in the United States, who are among the more religious and shape their lives around that faith.”   Christians will... Continue Reading

The Dangers of the Great American Unchurching

A post-religious America will be very different from the country we've known up until quite recently

“This hostility has provoked a shift in the goals and outlook of traditionalist Christians. Where once they thought of themselves as a ‘moral majority’ that might retake political and cultural institutions and transform them in their image, now they merely want to ensure that the government’s power to persecute them is restrained.”   Americans are... Continue Reading

Inside the Growing World of Christian Yoga

Many Christians feel yoga's Hindu roots make it incompatible with their Christian faith. Some have set out to create their own alternative.

Yoga is a complicated subject in the Christian community. Some have called it demonic and see its Hindu roots as incompatible with their faith, even going so far as to take legal action against school districts with yoga programs. Other Christians see yoga, especially the western version, as spiritually benign, a harmless exercise to improve flexibility and... Continue Reading

Archaeologists Uncover Stone Workshop In Galilee

The 2,000-year-old workshop shows the effects of Jewish purity laws.

  The ancient Jewish law of ritual purity required objects that touched anything considered impure to be destroyed. “Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be material which never became ritually impure, and as a result ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone,” Adler said.   (WNS)–Archaeologists have unearthed... Continue Reading

From Hippo to Nashville

The quest for authenticity, cast as psychological well-being, is inwardly directed in the modern human.

There is major difference between Augustine’s journey inwards and the journey that has characterized Western thinking since Rousseau. For Augustine, the journey inwards is ultimately the journey outwards. When Augustine probes to the depths of his soul, he finds memory and the existence of memory—the fact that he is able to know at all. This fact carries... Continue Reading