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  • Eugene Monroe passes physical, Ravens waive Billy Bajema

    Eugene Monroe passes physical, Ravens waive Billy Bajema
    In five years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, left tackle Eugene Monroe never experienced a winning season. Over his last 20 games played, he's celebrated just two victories. So when Monroe walked to the Ravens' indoor practice facility Thursday and...
  • In Theory: What is our obligation to help the poor?

    Several Republican congressmen have come under fire for quoting the Bible as justification for cutting nutritional assistance to America's poor. Congress has moved to slash more than $4 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP...
  • In Theory: Why is the church silent about religious persecution?

    Persecution affects some 600 million Christians annually, according to a study by the Hudson Institute, and the Pew Forum says Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. In countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan and Kenya, Christians...
  • 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...
  • In Theory: Should Boy Scouts end ban on gays?

    The Boy Scouts of America has sent its members a survey as part of its ongoing debate over whether to repeal or continue its ban on gay members. Instead of asking for a simple yes or no, the questionnaire goes into depth on several topics, for example...
  • In Theory: How ready for isolation are you?

    Do you like ocean views, peace, quiet and solitude, and a captive congregation? Then the island of Tristan da Cunha could be perfect. It's advertising for a new parish priest — the previous incumbent left in 2010. There are some catches, though,...
  • In Theory: Has the economy damaged the work ethic?

    Sociologist Max Weber first advanced the idea of a Protestant work ethic in 1914. A recent study suggests that not only does this ethic exist, it can make the effects of unemployment worse for Protestants than for non-Protestants. The Dutch survey,...
  • In Theory: Can believers and nonbelievers find common ground?

    Can believers and nonbelievers connect? Is there a common ground they can agree on? Writing in the New York Times, T. M. Luhrmann thinks there may be, but admits it's going to be difficult. The author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the...
  • In Theory: Are parts of Scripture outdated and in need of change?

    It's not often that a Christian minister agrees with the New Atheist movement, but the Rev. Michael Dowd believes it's possible when it comes to what he calls the "idolatry of the written word." A self-described "New Theist" — one who "value[s]...
  • In Theory: Do we bring tragedy on ourselves?

    The recent tornado in Oklahoma that killed 24 people and destroyed or damaged 12,000 homes has stirred up a row on social networking site Twitter. The day after the disaster, popular evangelical speaker and author John Piper tweeted two references to...
  • 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,...