The Triumph of Democracy: The Tale of Two Weeks

The Triumph of Democracy: The Tale of Two Weeks

Over the last two weeks, I twice wiped tears from my eyes. The first was on Jan. 6 when insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, desecrating the sanctuary and cradle of American democracy. The second was on Jan. 20 listening to Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet...
Secular, Sacred Aren’t Polar Opposites

Secular, Sacred Aren’t Polar Opposites

Editor’s note: The original headline has been revised for clarity and accuracy. There is no shortage of speakers and authors decrying the descent of our culture into a valley of secularism. One account of this trend is a lecture at Notre Dame University given by...
Why Can’t Some Christians Handle the Truth?

Why Can’t Some Christians Handle the Truth?

A great deal of time in my early years as a professional geologist was spent talking to fellow Christians and others who took a literal view of Genesis 1. I explained that unequivocal discoveries of science pointed to a universe some 13 billion to 14 billion years old...
We Don’t Do Kings

We Don’t Do Kings

As Donald Trump basks in a self-designed and elaborate military send-off from Washington and Joe Biden takes the solemn oath of office as our 46th president, I am reminded that in America, we don’t do kings. We do elections. Free and fair elections: cries and lies of...
Avoiding Breaches in Wall of Church-State Separation

Avoiding Breaches in Wall of Church-State Separation

Georgia’s recent election of a prominent pastor to serve in the U.S. Senate has prompted some reflection on our time-honored and carefully maintained principle of the “separation of church and state.” The reported intention of Raphael Warnock to continue to serve as...