(RNS) — When smallpox hit Massachusetts, the Puritan clergyman began to rethink his theology of catastrophe, even when doing so meant breaking ranks with his country’s religious elite.
This long-standing conflict has created many tragedies, and someone running for president should recognize all of them.
When Christians speak ignorantly about journalism, they compromise their credibility on more important matters.
Often the losers knit together a version of past events that disposes of the more damning details and casts their side in a more favorable light. But when it comes to history, forgetting the facts is a most dangerous delusion.
"Jesus did not teach that God’s wrath burns against us but that God loves us," says theologian Tony Jones. He argues that the traditional Christian view of atonement was largely a medieval invention.
The longtime Harvard Divinity School professor says, "There is no single 'correct' way to read the Bible." But, he argues, some ways are more helpful than others.
The New York Times columnist argues church leaders should be “made” to abandon their views on same-sex relationships. If liberals want to energize their opposition, this is exactly the kind of thing that will do it.
A Princeton historian says the idea that America is a "Christian nation" is a modern invention fueled by corporations, clergy, and politicians.
Bestselling author Lauren Winner explores provocative and often overlooked metaphors for God, such as a laboring woman and the "one who smells."
Ridley Scott said he couldn't make a film starring "Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such." But when his adaptation of "Killing Jesus" debuts this week, a Lebanese-born Muslim will star as Jesus.
Almost all U.S. commander-in-chiefs have been Protestant Christians and only three were religiously unaffiliated. Who were the most fervent in their faith?
The president's comments at the National Prayer Breakfast infuriated some conservative Christians, but most of their denunciations ignore or even twist the facts. When our anger burns against others we should pause to reflect on our own evil impulses and behaviors.
A historian at Vanderbilt University says modern Christians may be missing the point of some of Jesus' most popular parables.
Jesus was not the first Christian; he was a faithful practicing Jewish person. According to one Catholic historian, forgetting this fact has severe consequences.
Ridley Scott's epic film deviates from the biblical narrative in at least these 10 places.