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  • In Theory: Faith and the decision to fight

    President Barack Obama this month asked Congress to authorize punitive military action in Syria. He made the request in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus. Q: How would your faith and/or worldview guide you in...
  • 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: What do you think of Pope Francis?

    Pope Francis has received praise from all quarters for pausing to hold a severely disfigured man. While receiving an audience in St. Peter's Square, Francis spent several minutes comforting and praying with the unnamed person, who sufferers from...
  • 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: Do reports on Earth's life span fit with faith?

    A pair of scientific reports released in recent weeks are related to life on Earth: One raises the possibility that the planet was jump-started by a comet, and the other calculates that Earth will end in 1.75 billion to 3.25 billion years. Q: How do...
  • 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]...
  • 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...