Amy at Texas Faith: Commander in chief or preacher in chief?

Amy at Texas Faith: Commander in chief or preacher in chief?

Question by Joel Thornton Religion and politics have gone hand in hand for a long time. Jimmy Carter introduced many Americans to the term “born-again” Christian when he was campaigning for president in 1976 (and he was a Democrat!). A dozen years later, televangelist Pat Robertson jumped into the presidential race and beat George H.W. Bush in the Iowa caucuses. …

Amy on Texas Faith: Will a presidential candidate’s religion sway your vote?

Amy on Texas Faith: Will a presidential candidate’s religion sway your vote?

question by  Joel Thornton Published: October 7, 2015 11:33 am   How important to you is the religion of a presidential candidate? The Constitution states that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any government office. Are you more likely to vote for someone who is the same religion or denomination as you? Or is a …

Amy at Texas Faith: Expressing morality without moralizing

Amy at Texas Faith: Expressing morality without moralizing

Question by Rudolph Bush If we are living our faiths, they inform both our public and our private lives. And if we are living them well, our public and our private expressions will be in harmony. It can be difficult, though, to express our concerns about the world around us without seeming intolerant or close-minded or prudish. This week, for …

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

question by Joel Thornton   It’s been three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage, and most of the hoopla has died down. But that doesn’t mean the pro- and anti- sides are any closer together on one of the most contentious issues in a generation. A common theme from Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton …

Amy at Texas Faith: When racism becomes terrorism

Amy at Texas Faith: When racism becomes terrorism

The Charleston church shooting weighed heavily on our panelists this week. Here’s what they have to say about this unspeakable tragedy. Read the Panel AMY MARTIN, president emeritus, Earth Rhythms States a headline from the Onion satirical enterprise: ‘No way to prevent this’ says only nation where this regularly happens. Comedian John Oliver points out: “One failed attempt at a …

Amy at Texas Faith: Moral living in an amoral world

Amy at Texas Faith: Moral living in an amoral world

Texas Faith: When society’s morals shift Question by Rudolph Bush   The writer Rod Dreher recently opined that America is no longer a true home for Christian people… He suggests that our nation is on a confused path of the sort that drove St. Benedict away from Rome and into the woods during the empire’s decline. Conservatives, he suggests, should …

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America’s Christian foundation? Question by Joel Thornton   The latest Pew study on religion wasn’t great news for America’s Christian churches. In the last seven years, the percentage of adults identifying themselves as Christians has dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent… But the group making the biggest splash is “Nones” – atheists, agnostics …

Amy at Texas Faith: Profiting from war

Amy at Texas Faith: Profiting from war

Question by Rudolph Bush   In a recent news report Pope Francis was quoted as saying “Many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war.” “Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. It’s the industry of death.” An unexploded bomb, an unused bullet, is an economic dead end to military manufacturers. America has been …

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Question by  Joel Thornton   A Dallas marketing and PR executive was blasted with criticism recently when she wrote on her Facebook page that she would rather live in Canada than remain in the U.S. if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Cheryl Rios gave religious reasons for not wanting a female commander-in-chief. She said she backs “equal rights,” but told …

Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: April 15, 2015   Every couple of weeks, we gather here on our blog to discuss matters of life and afterlife, of faith and struggles with faith. We have a polite community of dialogue we all enjoy. But, if we’re being honest, we acknowledge that we have among us fundamental disagreements about faith and salvation. …

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: March 17, 2015 1:21 pm The news that has absorbed our part of the world recently revolves around a bus full of frat boys at the University of Oklahoma spouting a racist chant in some weird fraternity ritual. When two of the young men’s names were revealed, both said they were just repeating what they …

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