Secular Religious Studies By Martin E. Marty

Secular Religious Studies   By Martin E. Marty   Stepping off the plane after a “busperson’s holiday” in Finland—days I spent lecturing and listening at Abo Akademi and University and the University of Helsinki—I stepped into the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.  There thousands of religious studies experts, most of them … Continue reading “Secular Religious Studies By Martin E. Marty”

A theology for political participation By Ed Rodman

  A theology for political participation   By Ed Rodman   [Episcopal News Service] As a black Episcopal priest and a professor at the Episcopal Divinity School [in Cambridge, Massachusetts], I have a personal theology on political participation (of which voting is a crucial part) that is a composite of my 48 years as a social … Continue reading “A theology for political participation By Ed Rodman”

Religion is Ridiculous? By David G. Myers

  Religion is Ridiculous?   By David G. Myers     Ridiculous, and worse.  So say the new atheist books:  In God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens does not mince words, calling religion “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive … Continue reading “Religion is Ridiculous? By David G. Myers”

Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty

  Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty   “Hindu Threat to Christians: Convert or Flee,” Somini Sengupta’s front page story in the October 12th New York Times, is part of one day’s additions to my bulging clippings file on religiously-inspired terror, war, and violence, in the name of…(fill in the blank).  The file … Continue reading “Monotheism, Polytheism, and Violence By Martin E. Marty”

Another ‘God that Failed’ By Martin E. Marty

  Another ‘God that Failed’   By Martin E. Marty       “The Fall: Original Sin & Free-Market Capitalism,” “After the Meltdown,” and “Government Is Not the Problem: Thirty Years of Bad Economic Policy,” by William Pfaff, Charles R. Morris and Jeff Madrick, in turn, highlight a single issue of the Jesuit magazine America (October … Continue reading “Another ‘God that Failed’ By Martin E. Marty”