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Wanna Sing? Go to Church — or a Baseball Game

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The really nice thing about Easter is — you get to sing. Good and loud. And if you go to my church, you get to sing the Alleluia Chorus from “The Messiah,” which if you’re me, you learned as a kid in the Cecelian Choir at the First Presbyterian Church of [...]

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John Esposito on the Future of Islam

Detail of “Expansion of the Universe” by Muslim artist Salma Arastu of Berkeley, California — a contemporary interpretation of a passage from the Quran. By Barbara Falconer Newhall In the late 1990′s, Georgetown professor John L. Esposito was working on a book about the future of Islam. After 9/11 he put that book aside in [...]

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A Progressive Protestant Reclaims Christianity

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I know way too many people whose impression of Christianity has been shaped either by media accounts of the (noisy) Religious Right or by books written the (equally noisy) New Atheists. As the saying goes, where religion in America is concerned, the loudest noise is coming from the shallow end of the swimming pool. [...]

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GodsBigBlog: What’s a King?

It’s the feast of Christ the King — but what’s a king?

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Wrestling With the Bible: Belief Is Seriously Overrated

To qualify for God’s love do we have to sign on the dotted line that we “believe in the name of the only Son of God”? I don’t think so.

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