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
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.
Abortion was no dud for Democrats
By Mark Silk — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — In the midterm election, it was what held back the red wave.
In Indiana, a legal victory for religious liberty over fetal personhood
By Mark Silk — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The Supreme Court will soon have to reckon with its majority's expansive interpretation of free exercise of religion.
Is antisemitism still the third rail of prejudice?
By Mark Silk — October 28, 2022
(RNS) — Yes, but there's still plenty to worry about.
Will the Supreme Court recognize a religious right to abortion?
By Mark Silk — October 26, 2022
(RNS) — We’ll find out soon enough.
Sukkot, mother of Jewish holidays
By Mark Silk — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Lesser known than other Jewish holidays, its scope includes the agricultural cycle and the messianic age.
The Herschel Walker case belies the case for religion in politics
By Mark Silk — October 7, 2022
(RNS) — At least when it comes to white evangelicals.