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Spiritual Politics

The Hasidic educational standard should meet the old Amish one

By Mark Silk — September 30, 2022
(RNS) — Rather than the current Supreme Court's.

Holding Hasidic schools to account

By Mark Silk — September 25, 2022
(RNS) — The current Supreme Court, where a new New York law is likely to end up, isn't prone to do so.

Yeshiva University is forced to accept an LGBTQ club

By Mark Silk — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — But it’s unclear for how long.

The Christian right’s Faustian bargain

By Mark Silk — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — It goes back 42 years.

Comparing Biden’s student debt plan with God’s own loan forgiveness

By Mark Silk — August 30, 2022
(RNS) — How does the president’s student loan forgiveness plan measure up?

Was Kansas a wake-up moment for pro-lifers? Indiana shows they’re still dreaming.

By Mark Silk — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — To judge from Indiana's new abortion legislation, the pro-life movement is still in a Roe-era mode.

Uh-oh, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of America is a liberal

By Mark Silk — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — His baptizing of a gay couple’s children is only the most recent case in point.

The Webb telescope vs. young Earth creationism

By Mark Silk — July 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Webb telescope's images have elicited faith-based comments that Galileo might recognize.

When it comes to abortion, no one’s right is absolute

By Mark Silk — July 6, 2022
(RNS) — Defining the unborn child as a legal person does little to resolve the issue.

Teacher-led prayer is back in the public schools

By Mark Silk — June 28, 2022
(RNS) — At least, on the playing field.

A good week for the culture war

By Mark Silk — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — The Supreme Court lives up to expectations on guns, education and abortion.

The theological ethicist who didn’t mince words

By Mark Silk — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Remembering a journalistic encounter with James Gustafson.

How Judeo-Christian is the US Constitution?

By Mark Silk — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — There's evidence the Founding Fathers did their best to keep religion out of it almost entirely.

Is American conservatism de-Christianizing?

By Mark Silk — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — No more than usual.

My court evangelical throws in the towel

By Mark Silk — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — From COVID-19 to Uvalde, pastoring a megachurch just became too much for my imaginary friend.
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