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  • 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 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 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: What is the fate of gay marriage without DOMA?

    The Supreme Court's decisions to strike down the Defense Of Marriage Act and reject a lawsuit aimed at upholding California's Proposition 8 have caused jubilation among gay-rights supporters and anger among opponents of gay marriage. Conservative...
  • In Theory: Does belief in the divine protect against depression?

    Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too. A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" —...
  • In Theory: Does God answer simple questions?

    A post has been making the rounds recently on social media sites such as Facebook in which a man asks God a series of questions and God answers. The man starts off by asking, "Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?" He goes on to list several...
  • 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...