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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is Follow him on Twitter at @jlupf. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jacob Lupfer

100 years later, Fosdick’s question, ‘Shall the fundamentalists win?’ still echoes

By Jacob Lupfer — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — The answer, improbable at the time, was, 'Yes, they shall.'

How Christian nationalism won Pennsylvania’s GOP primary

By Jacob Lupfer — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — And why it will bring losses in the fall.

Supreme Court leak jump-starts new epoch in faith-based abortion politics

By Jacob Lupfer — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — The leaked draft decision offered a preview of extremist abortion politics that faith groups will have to navigate.

The Supreme Court debates public prayer. So should we.

By Jacob Lupfer — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Proper spiritual discernment could have sorted out Kennedy v. Bremerton School District years ago.

The slow-moving rift in evangelical Christian higher education

By Jacob Lupfer — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Christian colleges grapple with their theological traditions, but change will be slow.

Baseball, like religion, can teach us something about enchantment

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — As MLB’s delayed season begins, we're reminded that truth, beauty and enchantment matter.

At Jackson hearings, ‘What is your faith?’ becomes a gotcha question

By Jacob Lupfer — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — In SCOTUS confirmation fights, belief furnishes a ground for score-settling and partisan whining.

United Methodists: Too much method leads to madness

By Jacob Lupfer — March 4, 2022
(RNS) — The denomination won't take schism for an answer.

War at Lent: How Ukraine could reshape how we think about Christian unity

By Jacob Lupfer — March 2, 2022
(RNS) — The message of Lent, no matter how or where it is celebrated, remains the same.

On immigration, DeSantis chooses Trumpism over Catholicism

By Jacob Lupfer — February 21, 2022
(RNS) — Conservative Catholics who reject Church teaching on the dignity of migrants are taking their hostility to the next level.

Jonathan Franzen’s literary liberal Protestantism pushes limits on where God is found

By Jacob Lupfer — February 8, 2022
(RNS) — With 'Crossroads,' Franzen has elevated a rarely explored form: the Protestant Christian novel.

How 2021 collapsed the divide between religion and politics

By Jacob Lupfer — December 29, 2021
(RNS) — As religion recedes as a force in American public life, politics has co-opted faith for its own purposes.

At First Baptist Dallas, white evangelicals line up for Trump’s second coming

By Jacob Lupfer — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — At First Baptist Dallas, Trump continues to reassemble his faith coalition ahead of 2024.

A pro-democracy faith movement is forming. Will it be enough?

By Jacob Lupfer — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — The Scriptures say little about voting rights, leaving faith groups struggling to inspire activism.

Mary’s immaculate conception means she was only good. Why do Protestants get her so wrong?

By Jacob Lupfer — December 8, 2021
(RNS) — Protestants’ neglect of Mary crumbles under even modest scrutiny.
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