Bioethics

Essay

Why Anti-Vaccination Movements Can Never Be Tamed

In Victorian England, nearly a century after the physician Edward Jenner had shown that exposure to the cowpox virus, or vaccinia, conferred immunity to smallpox, …

By Elizabeth Yale

Essay

Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and a New Religious Order

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court handed down its much-awaited decision in Hobby Lobby, holding that closely held business corporations are “persons” endowed with religious …

By Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg

Essay

The Good News According to Hobby Lobby

On June 30, the world did not end. For all the drama and hype that the Hobby Lobby case has generated, the Supreme Court decision …

By Anna Su

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

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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