Tag: BIBLE

What Would Jesus Do About Inequality?

Chapel Hill, N.C. — One Saturday morning this fall, I walked into Chapel Hill Bible Church, an unpretentious complex of brick buildings near the highway. Inside, a conference space bustled with 50 people sitting at round tables. The crowd skewed millennial, mostly (but not entirely) white. I sat next to a hip-looking bearded man wearing […]

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What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

THE LOST ART OF SCRIPTURERescuing the Sacred TextsBy Karen Armstrong In the Bible, St. Paul declares: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Scholars suspect that this was actually written by some grump other than St. Paul, but such sexist passages are sometimes […]

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Caring About Climate Change Is the Christian Thing to Do

I’m a climate scientist. I’m also an evangelical Christian. And I’m Canadian, which is why it took me so long to realize the first two things were supposed to be entirely incompatible. I grew up in a Christian family with a science-teacher dad who taught us that science is the study of God’s creation. If […]

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Kanye Only Wants to Make Gospel Now. But He’s at His Best When He’s Blending the Secular and the Sacred

Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images for Coachella) Kanye West will come out with an album…at some point. At first, he said that his new album would drop on Sept. 27; yet, as is par for the course for Ye, the album, Jesus is King, has been delayed. The reason why is unclear; when it will […]

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The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has made his Christian piety a minor theme of his presidential campaign — quoting Proverbs on the debate stage to critique Republican opposition to a minimum-wage increase, attacking conservative evangelicals over their “porn star presidency” and un-biblical approach to refugees, urging his party to court religious voters […]

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Nationalists Don’t See What Is Special About Our Biblical Nation

Does the Bible make us American? On one side of this debate stand those who see America as a “Christian nation.” On the other stand those who highlight religious skepticism among the founders and insist on strict separation of church and state. A third faction has entered the fray. Drawing on recent scholarship, a provocative […]

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A New Lincoln Bible, From a Mantel to a Presidential Library

WASHINGTON — In 1864, Abraham Lincoln made a rare wartime trip out of Washington to visit a charity event in Philadelphia raising money to care for wounded soldiers. He donated 48 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation to be sold for fund-raising. But it turns out he received a gift in return: a Bible whose pages […]

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