Bioethics

Essay

In Remembrance: Reading the Christmas Letters of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013)

This time of year is, for many, a season of hopefulness—of anticipation and celebration of joyous things to come. Yet, as the cards and letters …

By John D. Carlson

Essay

The Supreme Court’s 2013 Term: Missing Justice O’Connor

The Supreme Court’s new term, which started on October 7, includes several important cases concerning religion. The docket may also dismantle key precedents set by …

By Leslie C. Griffin

Report

With New Pope, a More Open Catholic Church?

Alison Donohue teaches college writing in Hawaii, but her preference is to be back in a Catholic school, an environment where she spent more than …

By Michael O’Loughlin

Report

The Vatican’s New Clothes: Very Small Embryonic-Like Cells and Faith in Evidence Not Seen

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, the scientific world beheld a new kind of cell that, when captured at just the right …

By Ann Neumann

Essay

Unrepresentative: How the NRA and Planned Parenthood Failed Recent Tests

The donor rolls of the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood do not share many of the same names. But these organizations’ responses to the …

By Michael Peppard

Report

What Ever Happened to the Common Ground on Abortion Reduction?

The temperature of abortion politics is usually at a steady boil. Over the past two years, it has been downright scorching. Last week, heated debates …

By John Gehring

The Table

How about a “Do Over” for the HHS Mandate?

Editor’s Note: The comment period for the latest proposed accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide contraception coverage ended on April 8. We …

By Francis J. Manion

The Table

Rhetoric Versus Reality: The Contraception Benefit and Religious Freedom

Editor’s Note: The comment period for the latest proposed accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide contraception coverage ended on April 8. We …

By Elizabeth Sepper and Alisha Johnson

The Table

We Need Less Religion in our Politics and Less Politics in our Religion

A few weeks before last November’s election, a yard sign popped up in front of First Baptist Church of West Harwich, Massachusetts, not far from …

By Stephen Prothero

The Table

The Church’s Right to Religious Freedom (And its Place in the Public Square)

With the inauguration over, along with the 2012 election, it’s time to count casualties. The first, as in warfare, is truth. A second might be …

By Mary Ann Walsh

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.

Maine

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

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THE TABLE

A setting to debate the issues of the day.

Should we teach religion in public schools? And if so, how?

How Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

By Mark A. Chancey

The Dangers of Religious Instruction in Public Schools

By Annie Laurie Gaylor

We Must Teach about Religion in High Schools

By Joseph Laycock

To Teach or Not to Teach?

By Cynthia N. Dunbar

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