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Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service

All Stories by Mark Silk

Teacher-led prayer is back in the public schools

By Mark Silk — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — At least, on the playing field.

A good week for the culture war

By Mark Silk — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — The Supreme Court lives up to expectations on guns, education and abortion.

The theological ethicist who didn’t mince words

By Mark Silk — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Remembering a journalistic encounter with James Gustafson.

How Judeo-Christian is the US Constitution?

By Mark Silk — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — There's evidence the Founding Fathers did their best to keep religion out of it almost entirely.

Is American conservatism de-Christianizing?

By Mark Silk — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — No more than usual.

My court evangelical throws in the towel

By Mark Silk — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — From COVID-19 to Uvalde, pastoring a megachurch just became too much for my imaginary friend.

The Southern Baptist and Catholic sexual abuse crises, compared

By Mark Silk — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — Very different religious bodies, very similar disgrace.

Dreher’s war, part 2

By Mark Silk — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — The second of two columns on how America’s best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

Abortion restrictions v. religious free exercise: Which will win?

By Mark Silk — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — At least one red state is already making room, it seems, for women to successfully make a free exercise claim.

Dreher’s war, part 1

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2022
(RNS) — The first of two columns on how America's best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

How much leeway should the Supreme Court give coaches to pray?

By Mark Silk — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Is it their duty to pray on the 50-yard line?

House Republicans dishonor an iconic Florida judge

By Mark Silk — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — The latest in culture-war cancel culture.

Can a public high school coach pray publicly on the job?

By Mark Silk — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — The Supreme Court will soon give an answer.

My Ukrainian teacher

By Mark Silk — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — And why his work matters at the present moment.

Franklin Graham, Russia and the ‘Moralist International’

By Mark Silk — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The war in Ukraine has made strange bedfellows of the international religious right.
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