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Why the “intrinsic worth” of people is a big deal

Recently I listened to a public radio interview with author Adam Cohen. Cohen has written a book about the “eugenics” movement in America and the way it created a culture of forced sterilization. According to well-documented research, somewhere around 60,000 people were involuntarily sterilized because they were deemed “feebleminded.” This early-twentieth century movement considered itself […]

What might tomorrow’s faith community look like?

(RNS) Enough about churches that are dying. Let’s imagine something that lives, breathes, serves, makes a difference. Would we even call it “church”? The term seems tattered and torn after two millennia of use. Maybe the term “faith community” would convey fewer historical negatives. Whatever. Let’s not get hung up on names. Let’s imagine what […]

Losing religion at college? New study flips the common wisdom

… a college degree used to mean people were more likely to lose religion. Now, some people are losing religion whether they went to college or not but it’s especially true for those who didn’t go to college.

Knapp returns to music scene as unlikely gay Christian icon

By Greg Warner, Religion News Service… ATLANTA—After walking away from stardom as a Christian singer-songwriter in 2002, Jennifer Knapp never expected to return to a musical career—and certainly not as a Christian artist. And when she later came out as a lesbian, that prospect seemed especially remote. “When I put my guitar in the case […]

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