Category Archives: Christianity in the Public Square

Children as Chattel–The Common Root of Religious Child Abuse and the Pro-Life Movement

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On the surface, valuing embryonic life and abusing children are at odds, but with a biblical view of childhood, these positions can go hand in hand. Why do the same people who fight against abortion argue that parents should have … Continue reading

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Moderate Christians Condemn Hate Mail and Threats against Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Shocked by hate mail to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Christians apologize, pray, say ‘not in our name—or the name of Jesus.’ After years of receiving graphic hate mail and threats laced through with Bible verses—including wishes that her children … Continue reading

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How Iron Age Literacy Spawned Modern Violent Extremism

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Why aren’t Muslim and Christian extremists extremely peaceful? The answer lies in the Iron Age setting of the Bible and Quran—when literate cultures replaced the Golden Calf with the Sacred Text. Diplomats, religious leaders, and peacemakers of many stripes keep … Continue reading

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Christianity’s Painfully Mixed Track Record on Slavery

Taken as a package, the Bible sends mixed messages about slavery, which is why Christian leaders used the Good Book on both sides—including in the lead up to the American civil war. Should a person be able to own another … Continue reading

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Activist Publishes Book of Hate Mail from Bible Believing Christians, Bible Believers Respond By—You Guessed It

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When devout fundamentalist Christians find their evangelism thwarted, all hell can break loose—along with some surprisingly nasty language. Bonnie Weinstein is married to Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which brings a special set … Continue reading

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Death With Dignity vs. “Redemptive Suffering” – Robb Miller on Catholic Healthcare and the Legacy of Brittany Maynard

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 In the fall of 2014, a young dying woman, Brittany Maynard, captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now her husband and mother have teamed up with a national advocacy group, Compassion & Choices to honor her final wish—that … Continue reading

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Religion’s Dirty Dozen—12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse

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Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to develop ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other … Continue reading

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