Cathy Lynn Grossman: Faith and Reason

Phyllis Schlafly’s rhetorical genius

By Jerome Socolovsky — September 6, 2016

Phyllis Schlafly was brilliant. I agreed with none of her causes or methods. But I was fascinated by the ways she deployed great intelligence, fierce determination and rhetorical talent.

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Anne Frank’s diary now belongs to the world. Will we see her differently?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — January 4, 2016

In new diary translations, we may see Anne Frank differently — perhaps as a Jew who knew that questioning the world is a gift from God.

What will Donald Trump say next about Muslims?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 15, 2015

And how will Ted Cruz and other Trump rivals respond in tonight’s GOP debate? Check our 5 faith facts on the candidates for their backgrounds.

Ben Carson, will you tour the Holocaust Museum with me?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — October 9, 2015

If you did, you might drop that whole line about Hitler and gun control.

Pope Francis ‘speaks’ beyond words. Watch him

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — September 25, 2015

On this papal visit, he embodies his words: Go out fearlessly. Listen to everyone. Seek the prayers of the powerless on earth who have equal power in heaven.

Christ, Karl Marx and Che: Fidel Castro offers the pope his religious views

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — September 20, 2015

What’s in “Fidel and Religion,” the book Castro gave the pope? Lines such as, “I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount.”

The Ashley Madison hack points a theologian toward grace

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — August 31, 2015

Christians believe we are all born into sin, but few of us see ours in headlines. R.C. Sproul Jr. has seen his momentary interest in the adultery site on a public list. But the theology professor still has a lesson to teach.

Planned Parenthood, ‘personhood,’ ethics and the unwinnable war

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — July 23, 2015

The furor is, at root, an unwinnable war over ‘personhood,’ the legality of abortion and the ethics of finding cures for life in the death of a fetus.

Where’s the Bible in Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — July 17, 2015

The moral spine of the novel is not Atticus Finch. It’s Jean Louise, stepping out of the murky pond of childhood to claim her own Christian moral identity.

Atheists politicians might be rare now, but not for long

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — June 29, 2015

Unbelievers get low poll ratings but Sarah Jones — my guest blogger today — sees another message in the new Gallup data, one that could alarm evangelicals.

Clue to gay marriage ruling was threaded in Obamacare opinion

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court reasoned with concern for the real world impact of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. That pragmatic approach turned up in the ruling, too.

Right to die act passes California Senate as Brittany Maynard’s family looks on

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — June 4, 2015

Opponents fear this is a push for the elderly, disabled and depressed to kill themselves. Supporters say the act, packed with safeguards, is a matter of dignity and autonomy for the dying.

More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — June 1, 2015

Not even the boom of Catholics in the Global South solves a core problem for the church: Rates are falling for baptism, first communion and other essential Catholic ceremonies.

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