The specter of change

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. — Thomas à Kempis Too often, it seems the things we wish we could change we cannot, while the things we wish would stay as they are, change. The world is in flux and we're changing ... Continue reading

Romney and Mormonism on the dock

...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. — Article 6 of the US Constitution ...one-in-four respondents to a recent nationwide Pew survey said that they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate for president... — ... Continue reading

Bob and Madonna: Uncensored

If you were a television executive, which program do you think would offend the most viewers across America? The first is a children's show featuring digital vegetables that sing and dance and tell silly parables. Each episode ends with a Bible verse and a witty tomato's reminder that "God made you ... Continue reading

One of these things is not like the others…

There is a certain school of thought among post-modernists that it is impolitic to make distinctions and differences that set people apart, especially when it comes to religion. What the banal expression "there are many ways to God" really means is "can't we all just get along?" Pope Benedict is ... Continue reading

Is nothing sacred?

Post-modernism enjoys mocking the sacred. The "artist" Andres Serrano won acclaim for sinking a crucifix in a urine-filled jar. Chris Ofili got applause for covering the Virgin Mary with elephant dung. The Da Vinci Code imagines Jesus hitched to Mary Magdalene. The Book of Daniel depicts Jesus as a ... Continue reading

Religion and the courts

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;... —The religion clauses of the first amendment A law violates the first amendment if it fails any of the following three tests: 1) it must serve a secular purpose; 2) it must neither ... Continue reading

Cleanliness and godliness

His host was amazed to see that [Jesus] sat down to eat without first performing the ceremonial washing required by Jewish custom. Then the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are still filthy—full of greed and wickedness! ... Continue reading

Why don’t journalists get religion?

I am often disappointed by what passes for religion reporting in my home town newspaper. but the coverage by the the national media isn't much better. There are wonderful exceptions, among them Terry Mattingly and Kenneth Woodward, both fine journalists who clearly understand the "God beat." Most ... Continue reading