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Religious Liberty: A Tale of Two Countries

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”

Sex Scandal Comebacks: How Should Christians React?

By Alexander Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) The New York Times reported Sunday that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is planning to make a run for New York City Comptroller. The Democratic politician is best known for resigning the governorship in 2009 after confessing that he had paid $15,000 over five months to a high-end prostitution service. […]

Duke Divinity professors support ‘Moral’ Monday

By Alexander Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) For the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina Republicans control both state houses and the governorship. Governor Pat McCrory has taken advantage of his party’s control over the legislative process to push for lower corporate taxes, a higher sales tax, and cuts to unemployment benefits, healthcare funding, and education. In response, […]

Our Existential Need for Jesus

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The world of theological controversy can be a very draining world. Much of theological discourse simply is not edifying and is simply a combination of name calling, accusations, and talking past each other. As one who clings to orthodoxy, it is also very draining to see more and more people drifting […]

Internet Pornography: Society’s Mr. Hyde

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The question of government regulation is one that sparks much debate between people of all political persuasions. Internet pornography is an excellent example of this. The question of whether pornography is inherently harmful to viewers and whether the porn industry is inherently exploitive and degrading to women is very controversial. Though […]

David Gushee Urges America to Recover its Torture Ethic

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Being able to hold onto one’s principles in times of crisis is a key mark of moral maturity both for persons and for institutions” said Christian ethicist David Gushee. “It’s precisely when we are in emergency situations that we most need our ethics and our laws.” Speaking to All Saints Episcopal […]

Integrity Official Argues Opposition to Homosexuality Rooted in Opposition to Change

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Homosexuality has become the symbol of the changes which are happening in our society” claimed Integrity USA President Caroline Hall last night at an event discussing her book, A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church. Hall argued that the controversy about homosexuality within the Episcopal […]

Sex Trafficking is Sexual Assault

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Recently, the European Union released its first “Trafficking in human beings” report. This report, providing data concerning human trafficking in the EU from 2008-2010, revealed that sexual exploitation is the most prevalent and growing type of trafficking in the EU. Women make up 96% of all people trafficked for sexual exploitation […]

Book Review: Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed by Jay Bakker

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) I recently finished reading Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer. Going into this book I was fully aware that I have great theological differences with Bakker yet I was very interested to see how he would express himself. The […]

Duke Divinity Faculty on Scriptural Imagination

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “When you read Scripture” said Stanley Hauerwas, “you are reading God’s engagement with yourself and with the community.” On February 11, 2013, three Duke Divinity School professors were featured in a panel discussion entitled “Forming Scriptural Imagination.” This discussion, featuring DDS Dean Richard Hays, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, and Dr. Ellen Davis […]