A book on the science of the microbes within our bodies pushes us to see ourselves less as individuals and more as interconnected, interdependent multitudes. What happens when the checks and balances of these teeming multitudes dissolve?
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Despite all our attempts to keep religion and politics apart, they do come together in the church, writes a pastor.
Former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama pray at the memorial service for five police officers killed in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Photo by The White House, via Wikimedia Commons
Christian leaders who are obligated to speak out on current events don’t have to join the media noise. Silence says more than punditry, writes a seminary professor.
The Time magazine correspondent covering faith and politics shares her insights into the current religious landscape in this interview.
On primary day, the author was confronted with a "Vote here" sign in the shadow of a cross draped in purple for Lent. Photo courtesy of Ed Moore
Despite our desire to find a comfortable middle ground, the incarnation means there may not be a clear, easy way through the midst of cultural conflict, writes a retired United Methodist elder.
Young people today may be questioning the church, but they are doing so in a way that is faithful to the heart of the tradition. This has the capacity to fuel real spiritual renewal for our institutions, says the host of “On Being” in this interview.
Reconciling religion and rationalism is bigger than any one person, event or generation. But reconciling individuals caught in the conflict is well within our reach, writes a pastor who is researching the faith/science divide.
In the face of dramatic cultural shifts in how well we know our neighbors, one of the tasks of Christian institutional leaders will be to strengthen the role the church plays as the place where our families and distant connections come together.
The daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel reflects on her father’s legacy and how he would respond to today’s challenges as well as her work as a scholar.
“Middle-ring” relationships have receded in the new social patterns of American life. We need imaginative Christian leaders to develop institutions that can support and sustain the community we now lack.