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Spiritual Politics

Ukraine offers a middle path between just war and pacifism

By Mark Silk — March 14, 2022
(RNS) — Not that Moscow wants anything to do with it.

Making religious sense of climate change on small islands

By Mark Silk — March 7, 2022
(RNS) — Some Bible believers look to Noah for an approach to surviving climate change.

Religious nationalism and the invasion of Ukraine

By Mark Silk — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — Under Putin, the Russian Orthodox Church has resumed its czarist role as an arm of state policy.

From new Christian right to Christian nationalism, part 2

By Mark Silk — February 22, 2022
(RNS) — And, now on to the 21st century.

From the new Christian right to Christian nationalism, part 1

By Mark Silk — February 21, 2022
(RNS) — Up first, the 20th century.

Can’t we enjoy the suffering of our enemies a little?

By Mark Silk — February 4, 2022
(RNS) — There's some biblical reason to think we can.

What to do about young evangelicals’ waning support for Israel

By Mark Silk — January 31, 2022
(RNS) — Young evangelicals' values may not be the problem.

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.
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