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Why I refused to sign a school’s belief statement just to get a job

My second private university job in two years was in jeopardy. I had transitioned from pastor to Christian university professor just at the outset of the Great Recession and was one of the low people ...

Not just neo-Nazis with tiki torches: Why Jewish students say they also fear cloaked anti-Semitism

As Julia Jassey packed up her things before flying off to college in Chicago, she had the usual concerns — beginning her life as an adult, making friends and getting her work done. It never occu...

Examining Joe Biden the Catholic is the story, not just what the bishops are doing

British singer Winston Marshall, the banjo player for Mumford & Sons, announced that he decided to leave the band. The move came months after he’d faced criticism over a tweet in which he praised ...

Just because you believe the Bible ‘says it’ doesn’t ‘settle it’

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it!” On the brink of the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, it appears that Baptists continue to wres...

“Atheism is Just Another Religion” | Dumb Things People Say to Atheists, Part 15

This sounds like perhaps the dumbest of all the dumb things people might say to atheists, as it seems to be trying to force two incompatible and indeed almost opposite ideas under the same label. Howe...

The saga of Southwestern Seminary and the Pattersons just got stranger, and it’s all in the SBC Book of Reports

In an exceptionally rare move, the administration of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has used its annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention to accuse its former president of theft. Al...

It’s not just the SBC banning Critical Race Theory; now state legislatures are joining the fight

Southern Baptist seminary presidents aren’t the only ones up in arms about Critical Race Theory. Their affirmation that the six SBC seminaries will not teach about systemic racism and inherent injusti...

That’s just the way it is? Don’t you believe it

One afternoon almost 20 years ago, I was sitting in my office at Baylor University when my desk phone rang. Even in those days, I usually ignored it. It was much more likely to be a telemarketer than ...

This just in! More folks are just kind of religious, a key to church membership decline

Okay, so part of this is the rise of the nones but some is just measurement. It asks “be a member” not “current religion.” Lots of non-denominationals don’t have membersh...

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