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by Ed Knudson

1) Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor
2) There is No Religious Left
3) Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background
4) Teachers Turn Against Obama
5) The Trouble With Brain Science
6) The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief
7) Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism
8) Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go
9) Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives

Article  by Richard Horsley:  Resa Aslan's book claiming Jesus as a 'Zealot' confuses outdated scholarly categories and seems to write Jesus off as just another 'false' messiah. Is there an unwritten subtext in Aslan's writing?  7/23/2014

Article  by Donna Nevel:  The current Israeli government is based on the idea that Jewish life is more precious than Palestinian life, which makes Israel a 'racist state'. That idea is behind the current conflict.  7/23/2014

Article  by Ed Knudson:  In an exchange of letters regarding a statement endorsed by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Israel is urged to stop playing the victim game and take responsibility for its role in settlements.  7/18/2014

Article  by Elizabeth A. Eaton:  As Israel continues a ground offensive against Gaza, which is experiencing much more suffering and loss of life than Israel, the attention of the world is focused on that region.  7/18/2014

Article  by Carl Raschke:  Without a larger narrative it is impossible to give meaning to particular events. Here is discussion of issues in light of postmodernism, Lyotard, Mark Lilla and David Brooks.  7/18/2014

Article  The Central Committee of the WCC has made an important decision to care for creation and reverse climate change by saying 'no' to investment in fossil fuels.  7/17/2014

Article  by Sam Pizzigati:  A new study shows privatization leads to more inequality. What's needed are new forms of public ownership, especially in energy. And Amazon, Google, and Facebook should now become public utilities.  7/14/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  It has become impossible for Israel to change itself, to provide justice for Palestinians. It must be forced to do so by outside forces like in South Africa. This has become a global moral imperative.  7/14/2014

Article  by James Petras:  Here is a look around the world from the perspective of those looking for more justice and peace for all, It's a good time to organize new groups to bring a new order to the countries of the world.  7/13/2014

Article  by Paul Rosenberg:    7/10/2014

Article  It turns out what conservatives say about the Affordable Care Act is completely wrong. Even the Koch Brothers' ads against it have actually helped people enroll  7/10/2014

Article  by Mark Engler:  Insider politics often fails. A transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable. Consider the theories of Gene Sharp and Robert Helvey.  7/10/2014

Article  The World Council of Churches announced it will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22, 2014, in New York City.  7/10/2014

Article  by Scott Gast:  The public church today must work to help create new economic institutions, not just policies, in this country. Gar Alperovitch talks about how to begin to do it.  7/6/2014

Article  by Clive Thompson:  How can we make the global economy work for 7 billion humans? Stop growing it. Think about a whole new era of peace and human flourishing!  6/29/2014

Article  by Juan Cole:  Three ways the youth rebellions are still shaping the Middle East despite what's happening now in Iraq and Syria and Egypt.  6/29/2014

Article  by Randall Balmer:  They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation. White southern baptists and pentacostals and others use the Republican Party for their own narrow agenda.  5/29/2014

Article  by Thomas Piketty:  Here is an excerpt of a book on economics and income inequality which is being very widely read so as to significantly alter the terms of political debate on these matters.  5/28/2014

Article  by Jack Jenkins:  The 'beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos' is a Christian value says the pope after a sustainability conference in Rome.  5/24/2014

Article  by Harold Meyerson:  Pastors and churches, immigrants and young people, have transformed the demographics of urban America. Now urban politics is also changing drastically...  4/28/2014

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