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Is the American Church Following Francis’ Lead?

Since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, the global community has been eager to see if Pope Francis, who seemed far more liberal than his modern predecessors, would transform the Church in a significant way. As a So...

Is the American Church Following Francis’ Lead?

Since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, the global community has been eager to see if Pope Francis, who seemed far more liberal than his modern predecessors, would transform the Church in a significant way. As a So...

Why We Should Mourn Fred Phelps

Like a funhouse mirror for American society, Fred Phelps reflected and distorted American ideals in ways that were uncomfortable and even embarrassing. At news of his death on March 19, however, joyous tweets and blog posts were abound. Catapulted in...

Why We Should Mourn Fred Phelps

Like a funhouse mirror for American society, Fred Phelps reflected and distorted American ideals in ways that were uncomfortable and even embarrassing. At news of his death on March 19, however, joyous tweets and blog posts were abound. Catapulted in...

Islam is Not the Enemy

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It has since been signed by all but seven nations: Iran, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the United States, Palau and Tonga...

Islam is Not the Enemy

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It has since been signed by all but seven nations: Iran, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the United States, Palau and Tonga...

When Buddhists Go to War

On October 1, Muslims in the coastal village of Thabyuchaing in the northwest of Burma fled into the surrounding forests as their homes were torched and left to burn by a sword-wielding Buddhist mob. Not everyone was lucky enough to escape: five Musl...

When Buddhists Go to War

On October 1, Muslims in the coastal village of Thabyuchaing in the northwest of Burma fled into the surrounding forests as their homes were torched and left to burn by a sword-wielding Buddhist mob. Not everyone was lucky enough to escape: five Musl...

The Pope Who Takes Selfies

By Dylan Platt When white smoke plumed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel last March, it was the unwitting signal of an international blaze of change across the Roman Catholic Church. No one could deny the recent decline of Catholicism; attendanc...

The Pope Who Takes Selfies

By Dylan Platt When white smoke plumed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel last March, it was the unwitting signal of an international blaze of change across the Roman Catholic Church. No one could deny the recent decline of Catholicism; attendanc...