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Turning Points in American Church History: How Pivotal Events Shaped a Nation and a Faith

Review of Elesha Coffman’s “Turning Points in American Church History: How Pivotal Events Shaped a Nation and a Faith.”

Catholics Are Debating Liberalism – Are Protestants Now Too?

Patrick Deneen’s 2014 article, “A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching,” now seems like ancient history.  Its observations about the divide between…

Guy Fawkes & National Identity

The day has been central to Britain’s unfolding self-identity as  independent, self-governing, defiant, free from domestic and external tyranny. 

Corrymeela, Northern Ireland: a Christian Outpost in a Nation at War with Itself (Part Two)

Corrymeela’s community believes no one can unwind every evil of the past, so each person can only decide how he will live with others in the present.

Corrymeela, Northern Ireland: a Christian Outpost in a Nation at War with Itself (Part One)

Through the Good Friday Agreement, Corrymeela was an epicenter for people working towards a peaceful settlement to the Troubles.

Fighting for the Right to Be Jewish: Religious Liberty and Government Establishment

A state-enforced sexual establishment parallels the kind of religious establishment dissenters have long sought to dismantle, and for sound reasons.

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre’s Lessons for Today

The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre should remind us of the dangers of absolutism and demands for coerced religious and political conformity.

Blessed are the Peacemakers
Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Catholic tradition reminds us that just war thinking is critical to peacemaking.

America’s Religionized Politics

Needless to say, demands for complete justice in this world, humanly rather than divinely enacted, are dangerous, potentially lethal, and inevitably will be disappointed.