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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

In accusing Cardinal McElroy of heresy, Bishop Paprocki was aiming higher

By Mark Silk — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The American episcopate’s anti-Francis faction takes it to a new level.

Roald Dahl doesn’t deserve to be bowdlerized

By Mark Silk — February 28, 2023
(RNS) — The nastiness is a feature of his stories, not a bug.

Two cheers for David French

By Mark Silk — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — The new New York Times columnist upholds principles his conservative tribe has abandoned.

Christian nationalism needs to be distinguished from civil religion

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2023
(RNS) — The latest PRRI survey shows it's a Black-white thing.

Is cultured meat the kosher way to go?

By Mark Silk — February 6, 2023
And if we have cultured beef, is the real thing eco-kosher?

The Catholic Church’s upcoming discussion of homosexuality

By Mark Silk — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — The relaxation of doctrine for pastoral purposes is itself a Christian doctrine. Is Pope Francis headed that way?

How come evangelical leaders are cool toward Trump?

By Mark Silk — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — They’re waiting on the people in the pews.

In latest twist for faith-based initiative, Biden tacks back toward religious freedoms

By Mark Silk — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — The administration restores safeguards for federally funded faith-based service providers.

Who says you can’t show students a portrait of Muhammad?

By Mark Silk — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — A multiple-choice quiz to help college administrators navigate religious freedom on campus.

What Pope Benedict got wrong about Islam

By Mark Silk — December 31, 2022
(RNS) — Not understanding Islamic theology was only part of it.

Frank Pavone, Leonard Feeney and the long story of Catholic fundamentalism

By Mark Silk — December 27, 2022
(RNS) — The defrocking of the anti-abortion crusader is the latest chapter in an old story.

Why the LDS and Catholic churches parted ways on the Respect for Marriage Act

By Mark Silk — December 12, 2022
(RNS) — They understand the world, and their place in it, differently.

Indiana judge backs a religious right to abort

By Mark Silk — December 7, 2022
(RNS) — And poses a serious challenge to the Supreme Court’s religious liberty jurisprudence.

Right-wing Jews bail on Trump

By Mark Silk — November 29, 2022
(RNS) — The dinner with Ye and Fuentes was a bridge too far.

Two cheers for Michael Gerson

By Mark Silk — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — And may he rest in peace.
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