Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw is Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also served as president for twenty years. He is the author of twenty books, including Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. He earned his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

All Stories by Richard Mouw

I have no doubt what Billy Graham would have told the high school kids from Parkland, Fla.

February 22, 2018

(RNS) — The teens speaking out about gun control these days are amazingly articulate about being young in an America where violence is all too present as a fact of life. What would Graham have said to them? Keep at it!

Why I decline to sign ‘prophetic’ declarations

December 7, 2017

(RNS) — I talked a lot about being ‘prophetic’ in my early days of social activism, but I don’t use that word much these days.

After Sutherland Springs, pray … and do something

November 6, 2017

(RNS) — I have no objections to a president’s urging us to pray. But just praying is not enough.

You have been warned, Pat Robertson!

October 3, 2017

(RNS) It didn’t take long for some preachers tell us why God caused the horrible mass murder in Las Vegas to happen. The best response to such bad theology came from a bus driver I met several years ago in New Orleans, writes RNS columnist Richard Mouw.

Fish, fowl — and faith

August 29, 2017

The farmer did not want to reduce chickens to something less than they are. But neither did he want make them into something more. They are chickens, and that is a sufficient reason to treat them with some dignity—chicken dignity.

Do evangelicals lack ‘intellectual heft’ for the Supreme Court?

May 8, 2017

(RNS) While evangelical scholars continue to address the important issues of the mind, we also need to be working more generally on the spirit we bring to public engagement.

The gifts of science are worth celebrating

April 18, 2017

(RNS) Large numbers of us, including many fine scientists, accept the gifts of scientific investigation with deep gratitude.

Government: Does size matter?

April 5, 2017

I find myself quickly going beyond the limits set by those who speak most loudly about “getting the government out of our lives.”

Abraham Kuyper: after a century, in the news again

March 30, 2017

For those of us who have been working for an increasing influence of Kuyper’s in North American evangelicalism, where a mean-spiritedness is often on display in dealing with issues in the public square, we can only regret the Princeton controversy.

What we’ve lost in going from ‘dining’ to ‘grazing’

March 27, 2017

The family meal serves as an important early workshop in civility.

Divine patience in confused times

March 20, 2017

Martin Luther King was clear about the fact that, in spite of appearances to the contrary, things really are moving in the right direction.

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