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Spiritual Politics

Democratic values compete with Buddhist ones in Myanmar

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2021
(RNS) — Democracy is making inroads, but the tradition of karmic kingship persists.

Jewish leaders need to step up on climate change

By Mark Silk — February 3, 2021
(RNS) — The Jewish world’s environmentalist engagement of three decades ago is overdue for a revival.

The civil religious cleansing of Washington

By Mark Silk — January 21, 2021
(RNS) — The Biden inauguration sought a restoration.

The end of the pro-Christian presidency of Donald Trump

By Mark Silk — January 19, 2021
(RNS) — No president in American history has so overtly devoted himself to appealing to evangelical Christians. It wasn't enough.

The desecration of the House

By Mark Silk — January 8, 2021
(RNS) —The sacrilege lay not in the invasion of the Capitol but in the fact that it had been incited by the president of the United States.

Georgia’s Black-Jewish campaign is the latest chapter in an old story

By Mark Silk — January 4, 2021
(RNS) — The experiences of the two communities in Atlanta have run parallel since the Civil War.

The SBC’s critical race theory debacle

By Mark Silk — December 29, 2020
(RNS) — Once the SBC sees systemic racism, it’s a slippery slope to feminism, climate change and LGBTQ rights.

Barr the executioner

By Mark Silk — December 21, 2020
(RNS) — The departing attorney general seemingly went out of his way to reject his church's teaching on the death penalty.

In Trump they trust

By Mark Silk — December 11, 2020
(RNS) — The 'hold your nose and vote' theory of why white evangelicals went for Donald Trump is in shambles.

The Supreme Court ups the ante on religious liberty

By Mark Silk — December 3, 2020
(RNS) — With a new conservative majority on the court, the free exercise clause is due for an upgrade.

Biden, second Catholic president, exacerbates US bishops’ divisions

By Mark Silk — November 25, 2020
(RNS) — A new working group takes the lead in taking on pro-choice Biden.

After religious liberty speech, Alito seems poised to kill off Scalia decision

By Mark Silk — November 16, 2020
(RNS) — After three decades, the late justice's notorious free exercise decision is on the chopping block.

In a less religious country, Biden gained ground with religious voters

By Mark Silk — November 11, 2020
(RNS) — Faith outreach on the Democratic side cranked up a notch, closing the God gap just enough.

The Trumpian breach of faith

By Mark Silk — November 4, 2020
(RNS) — Imagining what Theodore H. White would have made of the making of the president 2020.

The nondenominational Donald

By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.
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