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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

When religious freedom is for me, not for thee

By Mark Silk — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Could the current zealotry for religious freedom be just a pretext for looking after one’s own parochial interests?

To define or not to define antisemitism? That’s a good question.

By Mark Silk — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — A 2016 definition has lent itself to a range of uses — some positive, others not so much. 

Anti-vaxxism is the latest in America’s esoteric religions

By Mark Silk — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — As opposed to the exoteric religion of public health.

The Trumpist Reformation is upon us

By Mark Silk — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — If you want to understand post-Trump politics, look to Martin Luther.

Let’s treat religious liberty like conscientious objection

By Mark Silk — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Here's a modest proposal for improving current free-exercise jurisprudence.

On New York vaccine mandate, Gorsuch’s religious liberty maximalism comes up short

By Mark Silk — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — But the Supreme Court's free exercise jurisprudence needs fixing.

Why gift-giving season is the most perilous time of the year

By Mark Silk — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — ’Tis the season to be wary.

After Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic standup, here’s the apology that was missing

By Mark Silk — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Boebert refused Ilhan Omar’s request to apologize to her publicly.

Is Josh Mandel the ‘Christian’ values candidate or the ‘Judeo-Christian’ candidate?

By Mark Silk — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — It would be more accurate to call the spiritual ideology of today's right not 'Christian Nationalism' but 'Judeo-Christian Nationalism.'

What would Maimonides say about Dennis Prager?

By Mark Silk — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 12th-century Jewish scholar would likely have called him a majnūn.

New film offers a portrait of New Orleans, told through its unique jazz funerals

By Mark Silk — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — 'City of a Million Dreams' is based on the book of the same name by renowned New Orlean's journalist Jason Berry.

A Halloween musical mystery: Did sublime Bach sonata end in a dance of death?

By Mark Silk — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — This flutist says yes.

A religious liberty quiz shows readers favor the separation of church and state

By Mark Silk — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — Madison and Jefferson would be pleased.

Your religious liberty quiz

By Mark Silk — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A gauge of what you think should be the case, not what the law says.

Why calling God ‘they’ shouldn’t upset you

By Mark Silk — October 4, 2021
(RNS) — We've been through such linguistic change before.
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