Spiritual Politics

COVID-19 and the decline of religion in America

By Mark Silk — May 17, 2023
(RNS) — Evidence that in the United States, pandemics depress faith.

No, the framers were not more about protecting religion from the state than vice versa

By Mark Silk — May 5, 2023
(RNS) — Connecticut is a case in point.

Yes, Virginia, the Constitution does separate church and state

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2023
(RNS) — No matter what they're saying in Texas.

Religious zealots go postal (again)

By Mark Silk — April 20, 2023
(RNS) — The current Supreme Court religion case harks back to a 19th-century fight over Sunday mail.

American politics has become positively medieval

By Mark Silk — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — It's crusaders v. jihadis all over again.

Why Florida needs to keep the Bible out of public schools

By Mark Silk — March 31, 2023
(RNS) — No question, it violates the state's new norms.

ChatGPT embraces the Golden Rule

By Mark Silk — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — A conversation about religious applications of AI with the latest version of the AI celebrity.

In accusing Cardinal McElroy of heresy, Bishop Paprocki was aiming higher

By Mark Silk — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The American episcopate’s anti-Francis faction takes it to a new level.

Roald Dahl doesn’t deserve to be bowdlerized

By Mark Silk — February 28, 2023
(RNS) — The nastiness is a feature of his stories, not a bug.

Two cheers for David French

By Mark Silk — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — The new New York Times columnist upholds principles his conservative tribe has abandoned.

Christian nationalism needs to be distinguished from civil religion

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2023
(RNS) — The latest PRRI survey shows it's a Black-white thing.

Is cultured meat the kosher way to go?

By Mark Silk — February 6, 2023
And if we have cultured beef, is the real thing eco-kosher?

The Catholic Church’s upcoming discussion of homosexuality

By Mark Silk — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — The relaxation of doctrine for pastoral purposes is itself a Christian doctrine. Is Pope Francis headed that way?

How come evangelical leaders are cool toward Trump?

By Mark Silk — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — They’re waiting on the people in the pews.

In latest twist for faith-based initiative, Biden tacks back toward religious freedoms

By Mark Silk — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — The administration restores safeguards for federally funded faith-based service providers.
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