Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

TEXAS FAITH: Why should the government say whether churches can preach politics from the pulpit? Question by Wayne Slater   That’s this week’s Texas Faith question. Is it time to repeal the law forbidding churches engaged in partisan politics from the pulpit? Our Texas Faith panel of experts weighs in. Read the panel   AMY MARTIN, director emeritus, Earth Rhythms; …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

TEXAS FAITH: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world? Question by Wayne Slater Image by Todd Slater   The military crisis in Iraq is typically described in religious terms – a millennia-old conflict between Sunni and Shia. No doubt the sectarian divide has fueled tensions and defined the war. It has given critics ammunition to argue against sending …

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

TEXAS FAITH: What does Southwestern Baptist acceptance of a Muslim student say about one faith engaging another? Question by Wayne Slater The decision by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to admit a Palestinian Muslim to the school’s Ph.D. archaeology program has stirred attention. For one thing, the decision was an exception to the seminary’s admissions policy. Southern Baptist seminaries have historically …

Amy on Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs

Amy on Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs

Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs Question by Rudolph Bush In Nigeria, a nation awaits the fate of 276 girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Like so many groups before it, this one is led by a man who claims direct contact with God. History is filled with false prophets and phony messiahs. Faith is …

Amy at Texas Faith: After the Religious Right, will the Religious Left reassert itself with focus on economic justice?

Amy at Texas Faith: After the Religious Right, will the Religious Left reassert itself with focus on economic justice?

TEXAS FAITH: After the Religious Right, will the Religious Left reassert itself with focus on economic justice? The recent history of religious activism in our politics has been largely about the Christian right. Robust new churches and growing congregations are part of the success story of conservatives who have focused on social and family issues. At the same time, something …

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

TEXAS FAITH: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse? Question by Wayne Slater   When Sarah Palin ran for vice president, as Hillary Clinton considers a race for president and with Wendy Davis actively engaged in a bid for governor, one aspect of that culture war is what it means in religious terms …

Amy at Texas Faith: Did the UN report on Catholic Church go too far?

Amy at Texas Faith: Did the UN report on Catholic Church go too far?

Texas Faith: Did United Nations report on Catholic Church go too far? Question by Rudolph Bush   The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a stinging report Wednesday that first and foremost called on the Roman Catholic Church to remove all child abusers from its ranks and to open its archives to the committee for independent …

Amy at Texas Faith: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014

Amy at Texas Faith: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014

  TEXAS FAITH: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014 By Wayne Slater 11:14 am on January 7, 2014 | Permalink To start the year, let’s take a look ahead. What issue dealing with religion do you think Americans — or people around the world — will be talking about in a year that …

Amy at Texas Faith: “The Righteous Mind” of the Brothers Tsarnaev

Amy at Texas Faith: “The Righteous Mind” of the Brothers Tsarnaev

FYI from AMY: Be sure to read all the panel replies, but especially look for Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, and our Buddhist member Ric Dexter. TEXAS FAITH: “The Righteous Mind” of the Brothers Tsarnaev By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist   The last week obviously has been a difficult one, from Boston to …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it time for religions to double-down on evangelism?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it time for religions to double-down on evangelism?

AMY MARTIN, Executive Director, Earth Rhythms; Writer/Editor, Moonlady Media We can only lead and inspire by example. As a Bible church reverend relative says, “The worst advertisement for Christianity is Christians.” As long as people promote values that they don’t live by, no amount of evangelism will help. And that applies to any faith. But it is important to allow …

Amy on Texas Faith: Does President Obama need to “own God?”

Amy on Texas Faith: Does President Obama need to “own God?”

Question by William McKenzie: Sally Quinn minced no words after the presidential debate Wednesday. She wrote on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog that Barack Obama handed Mitt Romney “the God vote.” Said Quinn: “When Mitt Romney mentioned the ‘Creator’ in the debate Wednesday, he owned it. ‘We’re all children of the same God,’ he said. That’s about 85 percent …

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