Tag: Christians and Christianity

Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice

WASHINGTON — When President Trump nominated William P. Barr as attorney general a year ago, establishment Republicans who had chafed at Mr. Trump’s takeover of their party were relieved. Between Mr. Barr’s work in the Reagan White House and his fast-track career under George Bush, he could be a bridge to the Republican Party they […]

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Christian Doomsayers Have Lost It

We are facing an existential moral crisis. That at least is the view of many Christians who have given their full-throated support to President Trump. Some of them will privately admit that he is deeply corrupt, but the justification for their support of him goes something like this: Mr. Trump may be unethical, unscrupulous and […]

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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Op-Docs On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. Video transcript Back transcript The Church Forests of Ethiopia On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. SCRIPT – CHURCH FORESTS OPENING CREDITS Dr. Alemayehu Wassie (VO) In Ethiopian Orthodox teaching, a church–to be a church–should […]

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Trump’s Other Personal Lawyer: Close to the Right, but Far From Giuliani

WASHINGTON — Jay Sekulow is a real lawyer, and he plays one on TV. Mr. Sekulow, the coordinator of President Trump’s personal legal team, does not have an office in the White House. He is best known as a prodigious fund-raiser on evangelical television and a litigator for the Christian right, not for handling criminal […]

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Want to Get Into the Christmas Spirit? Face the Darkness

As darkness lengthens in late fall, we begin to see the signs of the season — advertisements with giant red bows atop new cars, Christmas music blasting everywhere, the heightened pace of holiday hustle and bustle, lights and garlands speckling every corner of the city. But inside many church buildings, this time of year looks […]

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Pope Francis, in Japan, Warns of ‘Selfish Decisions’ on Nuclear Energy

TOKYO — In the first visit to Japan by a pontiff in 38 years, Pope Francis on Monday edged close to calling for the renunciation of all nuclear power in a country that experienced the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl but has yet to determine a viable alternative for its energy needs. A day after […]

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To Take on the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left

I remember the first time I encountered God. It was 2002 and my mother, with three small children in tow, had just arrived at the doors of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Atlanta, Ga. She was not seeking salvation from sin, but homelessness. For months we had been living in a domestic violence […]

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Faith and Reasons: Two Authors Explore the Persistence of Religious Feeling

RELIGION AS WE KNOW IT An Origin Story By Jack Miles BELIEVERS Faith in Human Nature By Melvin Konner Jack Miles’s new book opens with a question: What is religion, as we know it? Having edited “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” in 2015, after decades of teaching, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author is well aware […]

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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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Indonesia Wants ‘Halal Tourism.’ But Some Want to Wrestle Pigs.

MUARA, Indonesia — Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, seems an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig. But last month on the shores of Sumatra’s Lake Toba, more than 1,000 people gathered for pig races, pig selfies and contests devoted to calling pigs and drawing pigs. They also came to […]

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Paula White, Trump’s Personal Pastor, Joins the White House

Paula White, a televangelist based in Florida and personal pastor to President Trump whom he has known since 2002, has joined the Trump administration in an official capacity, according to a White House official. Ms. White will work in the Office of Public Liaison, the official said, which is the division of the White House […]

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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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The Overstated Collapse of American Christianity

Fifty years ago, many observers of American religion assumed that secularization would gradually wash traditional Christianity away. Twenty years ago, Christianity looked surprisingly resilient, and so the smart thinking changed: Maybe there was an American exception to secularizing trends, or maybe a secularized Europe was the exception and the modernity-equals-secularization thesis was altogether wrong. Now […]

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How the Trump Cabinet’s Bible Teacher Became a Shadow Diplomat

Ralph Drollinger, who has spent much of the last three years teaching the Gospel to President Trump’s cabinet, dresses like a man of the world. One morning this summer, during a layover at Miami International Airport, he was the very picture of American business — a friendly-looking, dark-suited, jowly man in his late prime. The […]

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Catholic Bishops Back Ordination of Married Men as Priests in Amazon Region, a Milestone

VATICAN CITY — Bishops meeting at the Vatican formally recommended on Saturday that Pope Francis lift in the Amazon region the Roman Catholic Church’s nearly 1,000-year-old restriction on the ordination of married men as priests to address a scarcity, a step that could revolutionize the priesthood. It is the first time a summit of bishops […]

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We’re Less and Less a Christian Nation, and I Blame Some Blowhards

Perhaps for the first time since the United States was established, a majority of young adults here do not identify as Christian. Only 49 percent of millennials consider themselves Christian, compared with 84 percent of Americans in their mid-70s or older, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. We don’t have good […]

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Is God Skipping the Democratic Primary?

The most recent Democratic debate lasted three hours and, according to one transcript I checked, exceeded 30,000 words. Almost none of them were about religion. God came up only in throwaway phrases. “God bless Kamala,” said Cory Booker, praising Kamala Harris for discussing reproductive rights. Joe Biden scattered “for God’s sake” and “God forbid” like […]

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Where the ‘Loony Libs’ Are Self-Destructing, Not Trump

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — To understand what many Iowans are thinking about President Trump and the impeachment investigation, first you have to know about Carson King. During a recent Iowa-Iowa State football game, Mr. King, 24, held a sign requesting donations so he could buy more beer (specifically, Busch Light). To his surprise, the donations piled […]

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Kanye West and the Cult of Personality

When Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” was released in 2004, the song was praised for boldly bringing discussions of faith into hip-hop. Fifteen years later, Mr. West’s contemporaries continue to speak of its impact. In the first episode of “Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America,” an AMC docu-series that premiered Sunday, the singer-songwriter John Legend said, […]

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‘Shame on Him’: Evangelicals Call Out Trump on Syria

One called President Trump’s decision “an egregious act of betrayal.” Another said the policy could be “the biggest mistake of his presidency.” A third said Mr. Trump “is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.” Conservative Christians have ardently stood by Mr. Trump at most every turn, from allegations of sexual misconduct to his […]

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Pope Francis Is Fearless

The Rev. James Martin, one of America’s most prominent Catholic priests, is a best-selling author, film consultant to Hollywood producers and a prolific tweeter with a digital pulpit that reaches more than 250,000 followers. Father Martin is also a hero to many L.G.B.T. Catholics for challenging church leaders to recognize the full humanity of gay […]

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