Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Program on Public Values. He joined Trinity College after working as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He writes on news media coverage of religious subject matter.
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In yesterday's column, Ross Douthat smacked the Episcopalians for selling their Christian birthright for a mess of secularist pottage. If only they had stuck to the old time religion, they wouldn't be shedding parishioners by the flockload. But old-time religion-stickers like the Southern Baptist Convention and Douthat's own Catholic church have also been losing their sheep at a rapid pace. So what gives?
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Imagine an alternate universe where the Catholic Church behaved the way the trustees of the Pennsylvania State University have when confronted with evidence of the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors by the leadership of one of its important institutions.
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In 1898, Émile Zola stunned the French nation by publishing "J'accuse," an open letter to French President Félix Faure charging him with anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus. Tom Junod's stunning article in the latest Esquire, "The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama," is a "J'accuse" for 21st century America.
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Eastern Orthodox church politics are by definition Byzantine, but the defenestration of Metropolitan Jonah by the synod of the Orthodox Church in America over the weekend carries with it some larger significance for American religion as well.
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So the Jews have managed to eke out another victory over the advocates of disinvestment in Israel in the Presbyterian Church USA. But last night's 333-331 General Assembly vote against withdrawing church funds from three companies that allegedly contribute to the oppression of Palestinians in the occupied territories hardly signals an end to the war.
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GetReligion's Bobby Ross, Jr. took a look at the MSM obits of Andy Griffith and unsurprisingly found them wanting in the religion department. By contrast, Ross notes, CBN quoted a statement from his widow, to the effect that “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord.” That doesn't get us very far.
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The Fortnight for Freedom is almost over, praised be its patron saint Thomas More, whose devotion to religious freedom did not stop him as Chancellor of England from burning half a dozen Protestant heretics at the stake. Next up is the Obama Administration's decision on its proposed rulemaking for exempting religious organizations from having to cover contraceptive services for their female members.
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When athletes join hands in prayer before a contest, they don't ask God to help them win but to play their best and avoid injuries. Republican members of Congress? Evidently, not so much.
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In the wake of the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act, the usual array of religious organizations reacted in the usual ways: the Mainline Protestants and the Jews delighted; the Southern Baptist Convention and the parachurch religious right dismayed; the Catholics all over the map, with the USCCB perched in the middle. And the one big no show was the National Association of Evangelicals.
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Apologies for taking so long to follow up on my post from last week's Israeli Presidential Conference, but it will not surprise you to learn that the answer to the question of whether religion is part of the problem or part of the solution elicted a little of this and a little of that.
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