Archive: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007
It is Jesus Christ who has the ultimate answer to the poverty of the soul and the "disease" called sin.
By Cal Thomas | December 14, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (79)
Can big social problems be solved by “well-intentioned religious believers”? Not without telling the truth about homophobia, about greed or about selfishness.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 14, 2007; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (42)
We Americans are predisposed to kick or kiss political candidates before they open their mouths, and they know it. Clearly, Mitt Romney knew it as he was writing the speech we “On Faith” panelists have been asked to comment on:...
By Willis E. Elliott | December 14, 2007; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (70)
If our motivation is to “cure” poverty—and all disease and homelessness—we are bound to become disillusioned.
By Richard Mouw | December 14, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (17)
If a sexual relationship is life-giving, loving, committed and faithful, then it needs to be called good. If a sexual relationship is exploitative, dehumanizing of the partners, a violation of one’s word given to another, then it needs to be called evil.
By John Shelby Spong | December 14, 2007; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (7)
I found Governor Romney’s speech on religion to be little more than pandering to right-wing religious enthusiasts. It may help in the primary process with southern and mid-western evangelicals, but should he get the Republican nomination, it will not help...
By John Shelby Spong | December 14, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)
Presidential political campaigns are filled to the brim with opportunities to fall into temptation. This is a spiritual lesson, Rev. Huckabee.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 13, 2007; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (28)
What many religious figures, including the empire-builder Rick Warren, do is confuse charity with work for fundamental social change.
By Susan Jacoby | December 13, 2007; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (197)
We must engage in acts of compassion but also analyze the systems that cause and maintain perennial social ills
By Gabriel Salguero | December 13, 2007; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (4)
I wish people who get hysterical about teddy bears or cartoons would put their energy into good works that help people.
By Pamela K. Taylor | December 13, 2007; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (82)
In practice the selflessness of such people can be awe inspiring. But at a policy level when they see practical problems through the narrow prism of dogma the results can be shocking.
By Christopher Dickey | December 13, 2007; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (69)
Eboo Patel | Too many mainstream Muslims believe they have only two options in response to questions about Islam: angry indignation or stony silence.
By Eboo Patel | December 13, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (360)
Jesus was acutely aware that the poor would always be with us but that did not mean that we should not engage in the hard work of ending poverty.
By John Bryson Chane | December 12, 2007; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (34)
The last president I gave advice to got run out of town on a rail; so Governor Romney was wise not to ask for my advice.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | December 12, 2007; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (33)
I believe God uses the efforts of well-intentioned believers, who rely on His strength, to shine into the darkness and advance the light.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | December 12, 2007; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (28)
It is hard to overstate the urgency of the need we have as a nation for truth to be told about torture. Once you get too far down this road of moral decay, it is hard to come back.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 11, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (16)
Romney helped himself with his Dec. 6 speech. More importantly, he helped the country and the cause of religious freedom even more.
By Richard Land | December 11, 2007; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (42)
Governor Romney was a more appealing candidate to me before he made the “Faith in America” speech.
By John Shelby Spong | December 11, 2007; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (5)
I’m concerned with how much of Romney's speech was designed as red-meat for conservative Christian voters.
By Welton Gaddy | December 11, 2007; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (5)
There is not one clear word in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution which refers to the deity in terms of being related to Jesus Christ.
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | December 11, 2007; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (6)
It's not surprising that a few savvy marketers would seize on water, the universal symbol of purity, for financial gain.
By Lisa Miller | December 10, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (4)
Beyond the buzz words, Romney is clearly ascribing to the ‘Christian America’ idea that is, at bottom, the rule of the state by religion or what we call “theocracy.”
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 10, 2007; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (60)
Romney’s speech shows the importance of having a national conversation on religion in public life but it also shows the dangers of having that discussion led by politicians during a political campaign.
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. | December 10, 2007; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (3)
The attitude that Romney struck was, if not holier, then as-holy-as-thou in a field where his key rival coming up in Iowa is a former Baptist preacher.
By Christopher Dickey | December 10, 2007; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (7)
Eboo Patel | It says something about America that we offer a special microphone and a powerful stage to people from marginalized communities.
By Eboo Patel | December 10, 2007; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (53)
Mitt Romney ended up by his words repudiating not only our constitution, our truly American notion of separation of church and state, but millions of his fellow countrymen and women.
By Sally Quinn | December 9, 2007; 8:31 AM ET | Comments (83)
Mr. Romney should check himself for fleas because ultimately his aspirations will subject him to the vetting of a much broader group than those to whom this speech was directed.
By Kathleen Flake | December 9, 2007; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (27)
Part of Romney's speech smacked of political manipulation and pandering that marred the contrary points he made elsewhere within the speech.
By David Saperstein | December 9, 2007; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (7)