Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is www.jacoblupfer.com. 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

What’s lost when religion becomes a ‘luxury good’

By Jacob Lupfer — July 28, 2023
(RNS) — The church has failed when only the prosperous feel welcome.

Molly Worthen’s conversion represents a truce in evangelical infighting. Will it last?

By Jacob Lupfer — June 5, 2023
(RNS) — The conversion of a religious history professor was a boon for evangelicals. But will they take the win?

DeSantis’ lack of God-talk signals a shift in Republican politics

By Jacob Lupfer — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — Can anyone win the 2024 nomination of the 'religious party,' without speaking directly to religious voters?

Is it time for conservative Christians to give Freud another look?

By Jacob Lupfer — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Freudian psychoanalysis might have something to offer religious believers.

The last Christian king?

By Jacob Lupfer — May 5, 2023
(RNS) — How inclusive can something be and still be considered Christian?

DeSantis reinvents a public university using Christian Hillsdale as a model

By Jacob Lupfer — April 13, 2023
(RNS) — DeSantis’ laboratory of anti-wokeness could become a template for GOP governors across the land.

Fish sandwiches, Lenten discipline and the spirituality of consumerism

By Jacob Lupfer — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — Lent still has the power to modify some of the most scrupulously managed menus in the sector.

Can DeSantis break Trump’s hold on the religious right?

By Jacob Lupfer — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — It’s a time for choosing.

Another religious leader marks 10 years of trying to find peace on LGBTQ

By Jacob Lupfer — March 17, 2023
(RNS) — Can the Archbishop of Canterbury hold the Anglican Communion together?

When it comes to 2024, do evangelical Christians matter?

By Jacob Lupfer — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — Evangelicals’ irrelevancy speaks to their political success — and to their moral failure.

Cormac McCarthy’s surprising turn to spirituality

By Jacob Lupfer — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — Two unexpected McCarthy novels prove to be his most religious yet.

Choosing the irrational sanity of Ash Wednesday

By Jacob Lupfer — February 21, 2023
(RNS) — Ash Wednesday is almost universally underrated in its power to redeem.

Frank Pavone, a priest for the age of Trump

By Jacob Lupfer — January 27, 2023
(RNS) — The former priest is a symbol of how the pro-life movement has been deformed by its totalizing tendencies.

A half-century after Roe, faith groups need to reexamine theology behind abortion politics

By Jacob Lupfer — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — The last time we had religious innovation on the question of abortion came in the 1970s.

How sacred music enchants the secular world

By Jacob Lupfer — December 16, 2022
(RNS) — We may notice it more at Christmastime or at the movies, but sacred choral music has the power to move all of us, religious or secular, just about any time.
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