war on syria, end times, revolation
September 17th, 2013

One third of Americans believe the events in Syria portend the End Times, according to a recent poll. The results come as many conservative Christian leaders are pointing to the Syrian war as evidence of Biblical prophecy and apocalyptic fiction … Continue reading

states rights, lone star state
September 11th, 2013

Do states’ rights trump individual rights? The Obama Administration recently announced that same-sex couples would be treated the same as opposite-sex couples; meanwhile, the Pentagon has extended eligibility for military benefits to same-sex partners of U.S. soldiers, but the state … Continue reading

pastoral care of the sick
April 30th, 2013

If we are to believe the words of her critics, the late Agnes Gonxha—better known as Mother Teresa—celebrated the pain and suffering of the sick and poor. In a recent Alternet article, Valerie Tarico explores the nun’s attitude toward suffering … Continue reading

March 25th, 2013

With its series The Bible, the History channel has mesmerized television viewers like never before, earning record ratings in the process. Despite the network’s lofty vision, some media outlets have critiqued the resemblance between the actor who plays Satan and … Continue reading

Christianity, ULC
March 13th, 2013

Which books truly belong in the Christian Bible, and how do we identify these? This question has been raised by the discovery in the past few decades of a surprising number of apocryphal texts which were rejected by Church leaders … Continue reading

ULC, ethics, abortion, religious freedom
February 25th, 2013

Pretend for a moment you are going to have a potentially life-threatening miscarriage, but the doctors refuse to perform an abortion on religious grounds. This is the experience of multiple women who have sought treatment at local hospitals, entrusting medical … Continue reading

words associated with abuse pasted together
October 11th, 2012

Did you or someone you know grow up in an ultra-strict religious community? You may have felt weighed down, abused, or even afraid for your safety. Recently on Huffington Post Live, Nate Phelps told the story how he escaped from … Continue reading

state flag billowing in the wind
October 8th, 2012

In a victory for the LGBTQ rights movement, California became the first U.S. state to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. Gay rights advocates have hailed the decision as a step forward for vulnerable youth, while religious fundamentalists have criticized … Continue reading

silhouette of woman against orange sky
October 1st, 2012

Does having a bad day make you more prone to violence? By now many of us are familiar with the dizzying array of studies on the relationship between spirituality and well-being, with some researchers suggesting belief in God reduces stress … Continue reading

man pointing at camera with Bible in hand
September 24th, 2012

How would you like to go to your local house of worship one day only to hear your minister, priest, rabbi, or imam tell you which presidential candidate to vote for? A growing number of religious leaders in the United … Continue reading