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Just War

Will Catholic Nonviolence Conference Negate Church’s Just War Teaching?

April 14, 2016

Roman Catholic groups are participating in a conference underway in Rome this week that is being described by some participants as an opportunity to overturn the Catholic church’s long-held view of the just war tradition as established teaching.

Cuba Prayer

IRD: Will Cuba’s Religious Restrictions Be Loosened after Obama Visit?

March 21, 2016

No other country in the Americas is so restrictive when it comes to religious practice.


An Uncompromising Approach to Religious Liberty & Christian Life

February 2, 2016

Uncompromising integrity and intelligence are both needed as Christians move into the future in a world increasingly hostile to religious liberty.

Pope Francis makes a symbolic gesture by opening a "Holy Door" at Bangui Cathedral in the Central African Republic ahead of the start of a Catholic Jubilee Year, marking forgiveness and reconciliation on November 29, 2015. "Open for us the gate of your mercy," the 78-year-old pope prayed before opening the door. "We ask for peace for Central African Republic and for all people who suffer from war."  (Photo credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Not a Presidential Year of Mercy?

December 2, 2015

The upcoming Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis coincides with our presidential election year. Could there be a connection between mercy and politics?


Reimaging the Meaning of Marriage

October 9, 2015

“Molly and me and baby make three” is more than a happy sentiment from an old song. The human family is the image by which we glimpse the Trinity, our God who is a community of persons.


Pope Francis & Yankee Democracy

October 8, 2015

Supposedly when the invading British admiral stood in the rostrum of the old U.S. House of Representatives in 1814, he sarcastically asked his torch bearing marines: “Shall this harbor of Yankee Democracy be burned? All for it say Aye!”

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Agencia Brasil under Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil)

Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit Begins Tuesday

September 18, 2015

“U.S. Catholics can learn from the struggles of mainline Protestants: don’t go wobbly on doctrine and distinct identity,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley ahead of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.

An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.


Catholic Panel Goes Nuclear on Deterrence

June 8, 2015

Disarmament Catholics try to make the case that nuclear weapons are an intrinsic evil that must be eliminated. But are the weapons themselves evil or is man’s sinful heart to blame?

Duccio - The Temptation on the Mount

The Call of Conscience

May 20, 2015

In a recent article, I noted UMC Bishop Mel Talbert’s appeal to conscience as a justification for violating the rules of the UMC Book of Discipline which he had agreed to live by. This…

Voting Booths

Exit Polls: Conservative Christians Showed Up to Vote

November 7, 2014

Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever in the midterm election according to exit polls.


Does Islam Oppress Women? A Feminist Says No

October 15, 2014

Let’s turn to the Qur’an and Hadith to find out what Islamic holy text has to say about women’s “equality.”