Archive: Stephen Prothero
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is a federal statue enacted in 2000 by unanimous consent in both the House and the Senate. Its purpose is to safeguard the religious liberties of Americans, including groups whose places of worship are under fire by local zoning boards or nearby citizens.
By Stephen Prothero | July 20, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (6)
Perhaps I am missing something, but I have yet to find a view of religious unity that does not reek of colonialism and empire.
By Stephen Prothero | July 8, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (114)
One of the delicious things about heaven (at least as viewed from this side of death) is the questions it prompts. To say you hope for heaven is all well and good, but who is this "you"? Is it embodied? If so, does it age? If not, how old will we look?
By Stephen Prothero | March 22, 2010; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (6)
All the world's religions seek to confine sexual intercourse to the institution of marriage, but none is as fearful of sexuality as is Christianity.
By Stephen Prothero | May 13, 2009; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (11)
Instead of saying precisely what a Mormon is, he said he was a Mormon and he challenged us to live up to the better angels of our nature by refusing to persecute him for it.
By Stephen Prothero | December 7, 2007; 04:13 AM ET | Comments (54)
One of the grave failures of this generation of American foreign policy makers is their blindness to the power of religion.
By Stephen Prothero | September 16, 2007; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (38)
Every year I tell my students that those who know, truly know, that they are going to die also know how to live.
By Stephen Prothero | May 20, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (14)
Those on the crazy right will say that only their religion can be taught in the public schools. Those on the crazy left will say that no religion is too much.
By Stephen Prothero | March 10, 2007; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (11)
Elections are about hopes and dreams and the containers of these hopes and dreams are people, rather than policies.
By Stephen Prothero | January 29, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (61)
I see both the Judeo-Christian model and the newer Judeo-Christian-Islamic one as rear-guard efforts to keep the Christian America model alive—efforts that will likely fail.
By Stephen Prothero | December 18, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (317)