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Turning pistols into plowshares

Present-day Christians wrestle with the issue of violence just like our forefathers in faith did. We disagree on whether violence is permissible in instances of self-defense and whether Christians should support acts of war on a national scale - even if conducted in the name of justice, democracy or some…  [more]

The missed opportunity of Duke’s Muslim call to prayer

Last week, Duke University reversed its decision to allow the traditional Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from its historic chapel tower. The permission for Muslim students to recite the prayer on Fridays for three minutes from the bell tower was rescinded following strong criticisms from Christians and a…  [more]

Why police officers are ordained, but not exempt

Louis Fischer, the famous biographer of Mahatma Gandhi, once reflected that in a world bent on following the Old Testament injunction of an eye for an eye, everyone would go blind. His warning reveals the great danger in the current cycle of police violence and public recrimination. After the deaths…  [more]

For Christians, there is no torture debate

The release of the Senate report on torture has reignited debate around the topic. I think most Christians would agree that torture is wrong for a number of reasons, including its violation of the inherent dignity of the human person. But two other facets of the recent conversation are worth…  [more]

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