Category: Religion

Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Catholics

Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Catholics

—Matthew J. Cressler
All too often, in both history and historiography, “racial justice” is presumed to be equivalent to a particular mode of protest from a particular period in time; namely, Christian liberal interracial efforts to end segregation in the South. But when we turn our attention to the decade after King’s death, we find that the assassination of Martin Luther King marked the beginning rather than the end of Black Catholic freedom struggles.

America’s Relationship with the Paranormal

America’s Relationship with the Paranormal

The 2014 Baylor Religion Survey revealed that 52% of Americans believe in the reality of at least one of six different paranormal subjects, which include alien visitations, UFOs, Big foot, mediumship, telekinesis, and hauntings. This means that statistically speaking, at least, we are living in a paranormal America.

A Climate Change Denier’s Perfect Storm

A Climate Change Denier’s Perfect Storm

— Antony Alumkal
In the past few months, we have witnessed the devastation caused by climate change induced severe weather. Anthony Alumkal critiques the campaign of anti-environmentalism spearheaded by E. Calvin Beisner and his organization, the Cornwall Alliance, for it is one that the planet cannot afford.

How the social gospel movement explains the roots of today’s religious left

How the social gospel movement explains the roots of today’s religious left

—Christopher H. Evans
The idea of “social salvation” that was critical to Walter Rauschenbusch, A.J. Muste and Martin Luther King Jr. is galvanizing the activism of a new generation of religious progressives. Can the religious left achieve the public status of the religious right and become a potent political force?

The trailblazing women religious

The trailblazing women religious

—Margaret M. McGuinness
Including stories of nuns in discussions of “Trailblazing Women” in business and labor would clearly enrich our knowledge of this aspect of women’s history, as well as help us to understand the complexities of their lives.

Irish-Americans: Remember from whence you came

Irish-Americans: Remember from whence you came

—Paul Moses
On this St. Patrick’s Day in the midst of a bitter national debate over immigration, Paul Moses remembers John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants. “The Irish,” wrote Kennedy, “were the first to endure the scorn and discrimination later to be inflicted, to some degree at least, on each successive wave of immigrants by already settled ‘Americans.’ “