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  • In Theory: Are parts of Scripture outdated and in need of change?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...
  • 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,...