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Spiritual Politics

The Southern Baptist and Catholic sexual abuse crises, compared

By Mark Silk — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — Very different religious bodies, very similar disgrace.

Naming Jesus

By Mark Silk — June 10, 2009
OMG: Barack Obama invokes the name of Jesus in public more than George W. Bush did! That must mean…what? Politico’s Eamon Javers offers a range of non-mutually exclusive explanations, including Obama’s need to demonstrate that he is a Christian, his desire to appeal to religious conservatives, an interest in reanimating a Christian Left. It’s worth […]

Dreher’s war, part 2

By Mark Silk — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — The second of two columns on how America’s best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

Abortion restrictions v. religious free exercise: Which will win?

By Mark Silk — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — At least one red state is already making room, it seems, for women to successfully make a free exercise claim.

Dreher’s war, part 1

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2022
(RNS) — The first of two columns on how America's best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

How much leeway should the Supreme Court give coaches to pray?

By Mark Silk — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Is it their duty to pray on the 50-yard line?

House Republicans dishonor an iconic Florida judge

By Mark Silk — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — The latest in culture-war cancel culture.

Can a public high school coach pray publicly on the job?

By Mark Silk — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — The Supreme Court will soon give an answer.

My Ukrainian teacher

By Mark Silk — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — And why his work matters at the present moment.

Franklin Graham, Russia and the ‘Moralist International’

By Mark Silk — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The war in Ukraine has made strange bedfellows of the international religious right.

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.

The GOP’s theology of debt

By Mark Silk — January 3, 2018
Jeff Sessions makes it happen.

America v. Romans 13

By Mark Silk — June 19, 2018
Jeff Sessions should have paid attention to our history of religious resistance to civil authorities.

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.
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