Archive: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009
My hope is that the traditional forms of religion that have dominated the Bush Administration and that have found expression in the abuse of homosexuals, the denial of women's reproductive rights, the opposition to the insights of science, the negativity toward stem cell research and the suppression of competent and responsible end of life decisions will fade quietly from our public life.
By John Shelby Spong | January 2, 2009; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (29)
Religions do contain visions of ending the world to save it. But that is not the whole truth of religion. And it is only an alternative religious vision that can provide the alternative truth, that the world itself is of consummate worth and infinite spiritual value.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | January 2, 2009; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (37)
Being both religious (but not old fundamentalist) and secular (but not new fundamentalist), Obama is a disappointment to America's extremists right and left. But he will persist in calling us Americans to unity.
By Willis E. Elliott | January 2, 2009; 3:40 AM ET | Comments (8)
2009 will be a year in which there is greater recognition in their religious world of much of Europe that religion is by no means dead, and, indeed, is reinventing itself and having even greater power to sway people's minds, consciences, and spirit than before- and they will not like it!
By Julia Neuberger | January 1, 2009; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (13)
It's time for us to find a Gaza and Middle East solution together, not circle the wagons and shout talking points.
By Eboo Patel | December 31, 2008; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (157)
What we need to recognize is that both the Illinois governor and the major actors in the financial meltdown were not simply greedy, and regulators or citizens were not simply blind. The real ethical default in both cases is hubris.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 31, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (4)
Why should we expect anything different from religion in 2009? On the bright side, secularists will continue to fight the good fight against ignorance, superstition, and religious attempts to impose their values on different kinds of believers and on nonbelievers.
By Susan Jacoby | December 31, 2008; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (698)
Look for pastor Rick Warren and a new generation of ministers to be less against and more for things and people. A new generation of evangelicals will follow them, seeking solutions that transcend politics. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change to see politicians following the religious leaders toward genuine change, healing and restoration
By Cal Thomas | December 31, 2008; 7:04 AM ET | Comments (21)
The best that religion can hope for is to live comfortably side by side with secular society in 2009.
By Deepak Chopra | December 31, 2008; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (24)
In 2009, we should expect religion to do what is has always done -- inspire the very best and the very worst in human thought and practice, especially when it comes to politics and public policy.
By Brad Hirschfield | December 31, 2008; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (5)
Obama is the President-elect, and since he desires to distance himself from incendiary types, I think he should "uninvite" Pastor Warren to do the invocation. Too many people know that, at the hands of Warren, they would be excluded from the presence of God.
By Susan K. Smith | December 30, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (34)
Rick Warren is exactly the right person for he assignment. The President-elect does not deserve the flak he is getting on this.
By Richard Mouw | December 30, 2008; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (5)
I believe that it is more than a liberal reflex that is making many of us so profoundly uncomfortable with Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inauguration invocation.
By Sharon Brous | December 30, 2008; 1:14 AM ET | Comments (3)
Wars and rumors of wars will continue, particularly in the Middle East and the India/Pakistan border, where there is growing tension.
By Matt Maher | December 29, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)
Good for President-elect Barack Obama in choosing Rick Warren to give the Inauguration Invocation! This makes a powerful statement that a leader can stand with a pastor who doesn't agree with all of his politics.
By Leith Anderson | December 29, 2008; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (16)
In selecting Rick Warren, president-elect Obama was trying to signal his willingness to work with both sides in our country's culture wars. But in selecting Warren to deliver the invocation at his Inauguration, the president-elect has unfortunately conferred legitimacy on attitudes that are deeply contrary to God's all inclusive love.
By John Bryson Chane | December 29, 2008; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (47)
If we are truly wanting to have a moment of prayer here, then we should go find the least likely person, and ask them to lead us in a prayer. Then it would be about it's true spiritual purpose, and not just a lofty ceremony meant to appease political allegiances.
By Matt Maher | December 28, 2008; 7:19 PM ET | Comments (0)