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Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

by Christina Claxton ’16 “Uterus is back on the menu at the Supreme Court,” wrote Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick in her November 6 dispatch on the day’s big judicial news. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear a follow-up to Hobby Lobby, the case that established a religious right for “closely held” for-profit companies. This latest… Continue Reading

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Jonathan Sarna, 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Fellow, Provides New Insight on Jews & American Politics 

Jonathan Sarna, 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Fellow, Provides New Insight on Jews & American Politics 

by Andrew Walsh Evidence is emerging that Jewish voters were mobilizing to participate in American political campaigns far earlier than previously suspected—as early as Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 re-election campaign, Brandeis University historian Jonathan Sarna told an engaged audience during his February visit to Trinity College as Leonard E. Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Most previously known… Continue Reading

Papa Francisco, Si; Catholic Social Teaching, Not So Much

Papa Francisco, Si; Catholic Social Teaching, Not So Much

By Andrew Walsh   America loves a papal visit. For the tenth time since the Pope Paul VI made a one-day stop in New York in 1964, a familiar pattern of joyful adulation played out as Pope Francis visited Washington, New York and Philadelphia over six days in late September. Hundreds of thousands of people… Continue Reading

Showdown at the Bishops Synod

Showdown at the Bishops Synod

Everyone interested in the future of the Catholic church is now focused on the Synod of Bishops on the Family – the showdown in Rome between progressive forces seeking to reanimate the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and conservatives anxious to maintain the “reform of the reform” undertaken by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Continue Reading

A Hard-Edged Gospel: The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

A Hard-Edged Gospel: The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

Driscoll founded Mars Hill in 1995 and quickly made it into one of the largest churches in the nation. His charismatic preaching style resembled that of other megachurch ministers, but his gritty aesthetic, hard-edged Calvinism, and penchant for controversy made him stand out. As Mars Hill grew, he attracted attention from the New York Times Magazine and Time. And whenever he preached something controversial, which he did regularly, the videos went viral. Continue Reading

Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

Watching the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struggle to control its public image has been a study in the difficulty of maintaining orthodoxy in the age of instant communication. When podcaster John Dehlin was excommunicated earlier this week for apostasy – his offenses included “spreading” his dissenting views “widely via the Internet” despite orders to stop – he announced the decision on a radio show, and posted the letter explaining the reasoning behind his ouster on his Mormon Stories website. Continue Reading

Sioux Falls Disclaims Jesus

Sioux Falls Disclaims Jesus

by Fiona Brennan For the past five Octobers, the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has given one of its snowplows to each of 27 local high schools to decorate in a “Paint the Plows” competition. The annual contest tends to get fairly heated, but 2014 brought a different kind of tension. This year, local… Continue Reading

Breaking Bad in Burma

In the global narrative of how democracy springs eternal and ultimately vanquishes the forces of oppression, the dissolution of the Burmese military junta in 2011 told of a people’s capacity to enshrine the principles of universal human rights and tolerance in a pluralistic nation. Continue Reading

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