Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori is featured in an article, on this the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, discussing her own experience of how science and theology mutually inform one another
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not a very familiar name to most Americans. But it is well known to Iranians. Khamenei, the successor to Ayatollah Khomeini is the real power in Iran, merging both religious authority with secular authority by virtue of his role within an explicitly theocratic state.
The Church of England Synod voted on Wednesday to urge its members to reach out to their non-Christian neighbors in an effort to share the gospel of salvation offered uniquely in Christ Jesus. The vote represents a break from the previous stance of focusing on what was common and shared between people of different faiths in the community.
This explosion of religious tschochkes says a lot about the kind of faith that’s spread across this country in recent years. God’s turned into a mascot for the home team to cling to, a promiser of goodies to those who hold up John 3:16 signs at ballgames. It’s as though faith itself has become a consumer item, swallowed whole and more soothing than a tryptophan-loaded bedtime snack.