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  • In Theory: Reasons to give thanks

    Q: Thanksgiving is around the corner. What's happened over the past year that you're grateful for? The field of poppies that bloomed by surprise in our backyard last spring; the look on my 18-month-old granddaughter's face when she tasted a canned...
  • In Theory: Should schools be a party to religious charities?

    Two schools have decided to pull out of a charity toy drive after being challenged by the American Humanist Assn. over separation of church and state issues. East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., and SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have...
  • In Theory: Hopes abound for the New Year

    Turning on the radio this morning I was listening to a sweet-sounding string ensemble play a selection of Christmas music. The group's virtuosity was quite amazing. Without changing any energy and verve they moved effortlessly between sacred carols,...
  • In Theory: Do the central figures of Christmas have a race?

    Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online at Slate.com, suggesting maybe it’s time that Santa Claus is no longer depicted as a white man. A Fox news host,...
  • In Theory: When religion comes into conflict with work

    British department store Marks & Spencer has apologized after a Muslim sales assistant refused to sell a customer a bottle of alcohol. The customer, who hasn't been named, said, “I had one bottle of champagne, and the lady, who was wearing a...
  • In Theory: Why are people downloading 'Mein Kampf'?

    E-books have taken off in a huge way among the iPad- and Kindle-obsessed, but one electronic tome that's topping the charts — both free and paid-for — is Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the book of political writings by the Nazi leader...
  • In Theory: Does going to church keep people honest?

    A study has found that those who attend church regularly are less likely to commit minor crimes. Researchers from Manchester University believe that spending time with like-minded people makes individuals less likely to get mixed up with "the wrong...
  • In Theory: Can you explain your belief in 10 minutes?

    UC Irvine students have been trying a relatively new thing called “speed faithing.” The idea, much like speed dating, is to get as much information across to another person in a set amount of time, and hopefully make an impact. Religious...
  • In Theory: Should the prison at Guantanamo be closed?

    The Pentagon has appointed an envoy tasked with shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The prison, which holds terror suspects including those involved in planning the 9/11 attacks, currently holds 164 detainees, 17 of whom are on hunger...
  • In Theory: Should pro- and anti-religion people advertise their beliefs?

    The argument between believers and atheists has found a new and very public forum in recent years — billboards. Pro- and anti-religion advertisements and messages have been appearing on the sides of buses in places as diverse as London and Dallas,...
  • In Theory: Should churches hire business consultants?

    In their quest for donations during tough economic times, many churches are turning to business consultants who specialize in helping religious institutions. For example, Eagle Brook Church in St. Paul, Minn. used Dallas company RSI Stewardship, which...