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"If you focus too much on only a personal relationship being the core tenet of your faith, then it means that you're more easily able to marginalize topics like human suffering, which in some cases is spurred by climate change. We are embodied creatures in this planet, so let's live like we are," said Sean Lyon. Credit: Meera Subramanian

Young Evangelicals Fighting for Climate Action

For students at this top evangelical college, loving God means protecting creation. That includes dealing with the human sources of climate change.

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The Schism In the Sky: How the Eclipse Divided America

Madras, Oregon.

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The Ultimate To-Do List

An excerpt from Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments.

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KtB Wants You…To Write About the Eclipse

The total solar eclipse passing over the continental U.S. this August 21st is the first to do so in 99 years, but American eclipse stories go back much farther than that. It was a “Dark Day” in the spring of 1780 that apparently convinced Shaker leader Mother Ann Lee to “open” her revelation to new…

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Family Lines

Chasing ghosts in Greece.

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Epiphany’s Choice

To honor in reverence, or destroy in fear?

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We’ve Got the Torch Now

The small rural town where I went to high school had a newspaper and I looked on its classified section last year and there were three jobs.  I’m not going to lie, I’m distraught over a Trump presidency, but I can understand the hopelessness of these people, because I have lived among them.  I actually…

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Lay Down Your Weary Tune

My fear is generalized. This is now my country’s fear as well.

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Notes from DC

…immediately following the 2016 Presidential election.

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Remember That the Devil Is Quite A Gentleman

There’s a long history of calling people the devil. It doesn’t usually turn out well.

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Aleppo Is Us

With the recent “What is Aleppo?” gaffe by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the news cycle has long moved on from the child whose image quickly became an icon of that city’s daily disaster. I first saw Omran Daqneesh on the front page of the New York Times, sitting bolt upright in an ambulance. I…

Drawn by a sixth-grader at South Windsor Elementary School

Holding Light

Waging peace on terror, with refugees.

Photograph by the author.

Silver Bells

Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.

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Breaking Up With White Jesus

It’s December of 2014. 2am, 3am, 4am, 5am, I thrash and turn over in bed and click on my phone, know I should not click on my phone, click on my phone. And there are the messages, the emails, the notes that never seem to stop. The usual stuff women get on the Internet: you…

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Defying the Certainty of the Christian Right

Earl Taylor, with his white hair, lean figure, and suit, has a mildly aristocratic appearance. He carries himself and speaks in a mild manner–admittedly, there is also something of the Sunday school teacher about him–yet his ideas are among the most dangerous in America. This last comment sounds both clichéd and hyperbolic. Even so, Taylor…

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Dear Cruelest Month: Spring Isn’t Arab

Once upon a time we lay in bed trying to imagine what shelling sounded like. We being me and the man I loved. Ah, those early days of my Orientalism and our naïvete. It was winter,2012, and I had started sleeping in the storage space above my kitchen. It was the only place in my…

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The Perfect Victim

Have you noticed those suing against same-sex marriage are all extraordinarily nice?

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Saint Frances and the Minimum Wage

What does Saint Francis have to do with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 an hour? Other than befriending and becoming one of the poor, the Italian Catholic friar that preached to the birds has nothing to do with the lowest hourly remuneration in the birthplace…