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  • The Unaffiliated: A Religious Rorschach | Daniel Cox July 27, 2017 Daniel Cox No single trend has transformed the American religious landscape so rapidly and challenged traditional notions of American identity so completely as the rise of the religiously unaffiliated. Since the early 1990s, the religiously unaffiliated—people who do not identify with a particular religious tradition, often referred to as the “nones”—have grown from a mere six ... Read more »
  • Majority of Religious Groups Accept Same-Sex Marriage | Jane Little June 21, 2017 What a difference a decade makes. In 2001 a clear majority of Americans opposed same-sex marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) reserved federal recognition of marriage to one man, one woman, and there was barely a major religious group that supported anything other. Buddhists were the outliers. In 2003 the election of a gay man ... Read more »
  • It’s Election Day in the UK | James Crossley June 8, 2017 Jun 8, 2017 “We won’t walk by on the other side.” Those were the words of British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in an allusion to the Parable of the Good Samaritan as he campaigned this week against the Conservatives on their Welfare policies. While nods to the Bible or Christianity are nowhere near as prominent as ... Read more »
  • How BLM Can Get Religion | Vincent Lloyd May 15, 2017 Here is the story that is told about religion and racial justice today: The US civil rights movement was led by black male ministers harnessing the socially transformative power of the Christian tradition. The movement for black lives today is led by black youths, particularly female, particularly queer, who are largely detached from Christianity. This ... Read more »
  • Contempt For Creation | Willis Jenkins April 13, 2017 Why are so many American Christians seemingly unbothered by the gutting of the institutions and policies dedicated to protecting our environment? Does the blame lie in Christianity itself? There have been those who thought so. Indeed, in the 1960s a certain line of cultural criticism began to hold western Christianity culpable for industrial society’s chronic ecological ... Read more »
  • The Joyful Uselessness of Ivan Illich: Reply to Scialabba | Simon Ravenscroft March 31, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 In his essay for The Baffler, George Scialabba does a fine job summarizing Ivan Illich’s most famous period of writing, from 1971 to 1982. He foregrounds the Roman Catholic priest and philosopher’s peculiarity as a leftist intellectual who was resolutely opposed to most “progressive” political solutions, on the grounds that they amounted simply ... Read more »