Essays

Politicians Love to Quote Reinhold Niebuhr. James Comey Actually Gets Him.
November 20, 2017

Will a Vatican Conference on Nuclear Arms Bring a Diplomatic Breakthrough?
November 17, 2017

How the State Department Has Sidelined Religion’s Role in Diplomacy
September 5, 2017

Intellectual History That Reads Like an Adventure Story
August 10, 2017

Civilta Cattolica Misses Richness of Catholic-Evangelical Relations
July 20, 2017

Three Questions about the Future of Nuclear Weapons
July 17, 2017

In Its First-ever U.N. Vote, the Holy See Says ‘No’ to Nuclear Weapons
July 10, 2017

Trump’s Diplomacy of Narcissism Only Makes Him Look Weak
June 4, 2017

Can God Save Donald Trump?
May 23, 2017

Can the Pope Save Trump?
May 21, 2017

Where We've Been – Where We're Going
April 11, 2017

A Few Theories About Why James Comey Might Call Himself "Reinhold Neibuhr" on Twitter
April 3, 2017

To Curb Political Violence in Its Name, Islam Needs to Be Independent of Political Power, Not Reformed Even Further
April 1, 2017

Trump Administration Should Use Key Diplomatic Tools for Religious Engagement
February 17, 2017

What Trump Can Do to Secure Religious Freedom
February 15, 2017

Islam as a Political Force: More Than Belief
February 10, 2017

Modern Slavery: Engaging Religious Actors
February 9, 2017

Steve Bannon vs. Pope Francis?
February 8, 2017

The Issues All Trump Foes Can Agree On
February 5, 2017

Religion and the Trump Administration
January 26, 2017

Christ and Culture
December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays, Donald Trump
December 21, 2016

Pope Francis Calls for a “Politics of Nonviolence” in Annual World Day of Peace Message
December 12, 2016

The Passion of Martin Scorsese
November 21, 2016

Who Is More Catholic Than Whom?
October 16, 2016

Only the Willfully Blind Are Shocked by Trump
October 8, 2016

A U.S. Election of Global Consequence
September 21, 2016

Only 14 Percent of US Catholics Have a Favorable Opinion of Muslims
September 19, 2016

This Election’s Faith-Based Candidate
September 11, 2016

Moral Equivalence and Donald Trump
September 10, 2016

When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat
August 24, 2016

In Today’s Troubling Times, Where Are Our Faith Leaders?
August 24, 2016

Healing the Victims of ISIS Persecution
August 22, 2016

The Existential War between Islamic State and Secular France
July 27, 2016

Who is Fethullah Gulen?
July 25, 2016

Bringing Bashar Assad to Justice
July 11, 2016

Elie Wiesel: Remembering Elisha
July 5, 2016

Trump Peddles Religious Ignorance
June 22, 2016

Democracy Blues: Reflections from Rome 2016
June 21, 2016

Is the GOP Losing Its Religion?
June 1, 2016

Netanyahu Government's Hard Right Shift Is 'a Red Light for All of Us'
May 30, 2016

Muslim-Christian Peacemaking Has a History We Need to Revive
May 2, 2016

Postscript: Daniel Berrigan, 1921-2016
May 2, 2016

What Do Muslims Think? Same Old, Same Old... Time to Wake Up
May 1, 2016

Pope Francis' Acts of Accompaniment
April 18, 2016

Breakthrough for Palestine, Break with Israel
April 18, 2016

Faith’s Mysterious Ways in the 2016 Campaign
April 10, 2016

A Pastor to His People
April 8, 2016

NPR Fails to See 'the Other'
April 4, 2016

The Brussels Attacks Brought Out the Worst in Cruz and Trump
March 23, 2016

Obama Lifts the Veil on the Establishment and Mideast Allies
March 21, 2016

The Catholic Movement Against Capital Punishment
March 18, 2016

On the Middle East, Trump Sounds Like a Statesman
March 7, 2016

Liberty’s Rise and Fall
February 29, 2016

Will There Be a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East?
February 22, 2016

International Community Must Defy Syrian Regime Amid Human Catastrophe
February 8, 2016

Trump vs. Cruz: Armageddon, Iowa-Style
January 27, 2016

Fruits of Diplomacy: Obama's Legacy in the Middle East
January 25, 2016

Breaking the Taboo on the Use of Nuclear Arms
January 20, 2016

A Holiday Prayer Challenge for World Peace
January 6, 2016

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude
December 31, 2015

For 2016, Let’s Keep on Arguing
December 30, 2015

'Fear Not': The Christmas Gospel for America
December 30, 2015

If You Preach Religious Peace and Tolerance, Then Practice Them
December 23, 2015

The GOP Candidates’ Appalling Hypocrisy on Christianity, Refugees and War
December 16, 2015

Obama's Choice
December 14, 2015

The Slippery Slope to Trump’s Proposed Ban on Muslims
December 9, 2015

Countering the Islam vs. the West Paradigm
December 4, 2015

From the Lone Wolf to the Management of Savagery: Amidst Violence Worldwide, It Is Time to Take Religion Seriously
December 2, 2015

Germany’s Political Crisis
December 2, 2015

Do Not Harden Your Hearts
November 30, 2015

The Discipline of Gratitude
November 25, 2015

World Support for EU Action on Israel's Products
November 17, 2015

Carnage in Paris Is a Reality Check for the 2016 Candidates
November 15, 2015

Sports, Values, Peace, and Development
November 7, 2015

Co-resistance Through Civil Initiatives for Peace
November 2, 2015

Israeli Occupation Is All This Generation Has Known
October 20, 2015

Nobel Prize Is a Victory for Tunisian Democracy
October 15, 2015

Festival of Encounter: Pope Francis in America
October 2, 2015

Pope Francis at Ground Zero
September 25, 2015

The Pope In Washington: Where the Francis Effect Meets the Kennedy Effect
September 23, 2015

The Pope Dissolves Washington’s Cynicism
September 23, 2015

Anti-Muslim Demagoguery on the Campaign Trail
September 22, 2015

Can Pope Francis Really Get His Message Through in the U.S.?
September 22, 2015

Addressing the Worldwide Crisis of Religious Freedom
September 22, 2015

Pope Francis’s Actions Speak Louder than His Words
September 20, 2015

When Justice Meets Vanity in American Politics
September 16, 2015

How Pope Francis Became the People’s Pontiff
September 14, 2015

Americans and the Needs of Strangers
September 13, 2015

Land Grab in the Cremisan Valley
September 8, 2015

The Parliament of the World’s Religions: 1893 and 1993
September 3, 2015

Racism, Violence and the Politics of Resentment
September 2, 2015

The Obama Administration's Entangling Alliances in the Middle East
July 28, 2015

Restated US Distinction between Israel and Its Settlements a Green Light for Boycotts, Divestment
July 15, 2015

Liberated by Grace
July 5, 2015

How Long Will Israel Let Its Churches and Mosques Burn?
June 30, 2015

When Change Stops Waiting
June 28, 2015

The Controversial Sovereignty over the City of Jerusalem
June 22, 2015

Charleston and the Politics of Evasion
June 21, 2015

God’s Poor in God’s Creation
June 18, 2015

Lessons for the World
June 18, 2015

The Pope, the Saint, and the Climate
June 17, 2015

The Paradox of Fundamentalism
June 3, 2015

The Samson Option Upheld
June 1, 2015

Ireland Voted, and Everyone Won
May 27, 2015

Whither the Middle East?
May 19, 2015

A Miracle from Palestine's New Saints?
May 14, 2015

Something Is Stirring in the Religious World
May 13, 2015

The President and Poverty
May 13, 2015

A Middle Eastern House of Cards
May 4, 2015

Will the US Join a Religious War in the Gulf?
April 20, 2015

Are We At War With Islam?
April 14, 2015

A More Realistic Era in US-Israeli Relations
April 10, 2015

The Model for a Peaceful West Where a Muslim Can Be at Home
April 6, 2015

Don’t Wreck Religious Liberty’s Brand
April 2, 2015

The Pope Who is Unsettling the Church in Order to Set it Aright
March 27, 2015

New Space for Pressure on Likud
March 23, 2015

Israel's Arabs Unite Ahead of the March 17 Elections
March 9, 2015

Thomas Merton and the Eternal Search
March 5, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's Blunder Puts Cracks in the US-Israel Relationship
March 2, 2015

Nagging Tensions Around Development and Proselytizing
March 2, 2015

Whatever the Islamic State Is, It Has Misrepresented Islam
February 23, 2015

Removing Israeli Checkpoints in the West Bank Would End Humiliation, Increase Security
February 16, 2015

Will Pilot's Fiery Death Prove a Turning Point?
February 10, 2015

Obama’s Christian Humility
February 8, 2015

Freedom of the Press and Global Jihad
February 4, 2015

Catholics and Eretz Israel
January 26, 2015

As We See It
January 20, 2015

'Je suis Ahmed' Brings to the Forefront a Life Worthy of Emulation
January 12, 2015

A Demographic Time Bomb in the Middle East
January 5, 2015

Questioning Our Questions
December 31, 2014

The Coming Palestinian State
December 29, 2014

Palestinian Poetry Reflects a Painful Longing for Home
December 22, 2014

Relentless Land Grabs in the Occupied West Bank
December 15, 2014

Why Not a Jewish State?
December 8, 2014

Home Demolition as Vengeance
December 1, 2014

The Slippery Slope to a Religious War
November 24, 2014

Rioting in Cana Underlies Ethnic, Religious Tensions in Holy Land
November 17, 2014

The Saperstein Effect: It Depends on Kerry
November 13, 2014

Strangers in the Night
November 3, 2014

How Palestine Plans to Overcome Israel and the US
October 27, 2014

The Islamic State Challenge
October 20, 2014

What Can the Church Do for the Middle East?
October 13, 2014

Netanyahu Rips the Mask off Israel's Deception
October 6, 2014

Ways to Advance the Palestinian Cause in America
September 29, 2014

Blase Cupich is Pope Francis’s American Messenger
September 24, 2014

The US Can't Lead from Behind When It Comes to the Middle East
September 22, 2014

Lessons from the Levant
September 16, 2014

Ongoing Turmoil in the Middle East Has Become a New Thirty Years' War
September 9, 2014

UN Commission, Created to Address Violations in Israel-Hamas Conflict, Is Imperfect but Necessary
September 2, 2014

Integration of Muslims Beyond Socioeconomic Opportunity
August 28, 2014

Hope among the Ashes for Peace in the Middle East?
August 26, 2014

How to Think about Humanitarian Intervention
August 22, 2014

Exile and Conversion
August 19, 2014

Terrorism and Resistance: The Hamas Campaign Against Israel
August 18, 2014

Fantasies of Biblical Retribution
August 15, 2014

Religious Freedom in U.S. Foreign Policy: Getting It Right, Now
August 5, 2014

Religious Freedom in U.S. Foreign Policy: Getting It Right, Now
August 5, 2014

Can We Protect Religious Freedom Abroad?
July 30, 2014

The Calvary of the Middle East Church
July 24, 2014

Supreme Court Reveals Its Class Bias
July 2, 2014

The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Victory for Religious Freedom and for American Women
June 30, 2014

The Gospel of the Family
June 27, 2014

Fes Forum 2014 Summary of Forum Discussions
June 24, 2014

Iraq Is More Like N. Ireland than Lebanon, Reconciliation Is Possible
June 19, 2014

Fes Forum 2014, Day Five: The Canticle of the Birds
June 18, 2014

Fes Forum 2014, Day Four: What Would Mandela Counsel Today to Achieve Peace in the Middle East?
June 17, 2014

Fes Forum 2014, Day Three: Managing and Savoring Diversity in Morocco - an Ideal, a Challenge, a Model
June 16, 2014

Fes Forum 2014, Day Two: Culture and Identity: Social Harmony in Plural, Multicultural Societies - What have we learned?
June 15, 2014

Fes Forum 2014, Day One: Mandela’s Spiritual Legacies: Lessons for our Era
June 14, 2014

Why the Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Die
May 29, 2014

Pope Francis and Justice for Children in Palestine
May 25, 2014

Taking Up the Welcome Mat
May 19, 2014

The Supreme Court Fails the Empathy Test for Minority Faiths
May 7, 2014

A Fundamental Fight
May 1, 2014

How Religious Freedom Helps the Poor
April 28, 2014

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis
April 16, 2014

AmeriCorps Is a Program Conservatives Should Love
April 13, 2014

Vision of Peace
April 2, 2014

The Pope’s Message to the President
March 26, 2014

Pope Francis’s First Year Underlines His Commitment to the Needy
March 12, 2014

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Hurts Religious People
February 26, 2014

Duck Dynasty, Meet Pope Francis
December 22, 2013

Five Myths About Global Christian Persecution
December 10, 2013

European Conundrum: Integration of Muslims or Securitisation of Islam?
December 2, 2013

The Heart of Pope Francis’s Mission
December 1, 2013

On Thanksgiving, Understanding What Gratitude Requires
November 27, 2013

Welcoming the Other Through Human Development that Respects the Earth
November 21, 2013

Why the West Fears Islam
November 11, 2013

Obamacare’s Strange Bedfellows
September 22, 2013

In Interview, Pope Francis Sets a New Direction for the Church
September 19, 2013

What to Remember in Syria from Iraq’s Sectarian War
September 11, 2013

The US State Department's Embrace of Religion Makes A Lot of Sense
August 22, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Still Echoes
August 21, 2013

A Tribute to Jean Bethke Elshtain
August 19, 2013

Human Persons and Human Dignity: Implications for Dialogue and Action
August 19, 2013

Religion Challenges Left and Right
August 4, 2013

Egypt Post Morsi: Why There Is No Reason to Hope for a Real Democratic Transition
July 26, 2013

Can Islam Embrace Religious Freedom? Can Religious Freedom Undermine Islamist Terrorism? Is the U.S. State Department Witless?
July 17, 2013

American Conservatives, Islam, and Religious Realism in U.S. Foreign Policy
July 9, 2013

The Blasphemy of Rimsha Masih, and American National Security
July 8, 2013

Was the American Revolution a Just War?
July 4, 2013

Fes Forum, Day Four: The Memory of Andalusia: Development through Culture
June 11, 2013

Fes Forum, Day Three: Bhutan's "Gross National Happiness" as a Development Paradigm?
June 10, 2013

Fes Forum, Day Two: Are Solidarity and Harmony Possible Through the World of Finance?
June 9, 2013

Fes Forum, Day One: Contemporary Challenges for Diverse and Plural Societies
June 8, 2013

Goodbye to Father Greeley, a Loving Pugilist
June 2, 2013

France's Peculiar Same-Sex Marriage Debate
May 28, 2013

Oklahoma Needs Help, Not Ideology, After Tornado
May 22, 2013

Evidence Does Not Support Fears of Islam in the West
May 21, 2013

Raising the Political Heat on Opposition to Gun Control
May 12, 2013

Mark Sanford’s Appalachian Spring
May 8, 2013

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: The Terrorists Next Door?
April 29, 2013

The Culture of Preconception
April 24, 2013

Religion and Global Institutions
April 10, 2013

What We Can Learn from Margaret Thatcher and David Kuo
April 10, 2013

Globalization and the Growing Church
April 9, 2013

Hope’s Opening Day
March 31, 2013

Obama Hopes Israel Trip Amounts to a Fresh Start
March 20, 2013

Is Religious Sectarianism Iraq’s Fatal Flaw?
March 19, 2013

Obama's Wise Choice for the White House's Faith Office
March 18, 2013

Francis, a Pope of the Poor
March 13, 2013

In Church and Country, a Crisis of Government
March 3, 2013

Kerry Not a Clinton on US Foreign Policy
March 2, 2013

Give Up Your Pew for Lent
February 28, 2013

The Best Choice for Pope? A Nun
February 15, 2013

Pope Benedict's Legacy Is One of Paradox
February 11, 2013

Religious Persecution in the Mideast
February 7, 2013

John Kerry’s Questionable Record on Religious Liberty
February 4, 2013

From Obama, An Olive Branch to the Catholic Church on Contraception Coverage
February 1, 2013

Are Muslim Democracies a New Kind of Political System?
January 27, 2013

Some Christmas Inspirations
December 24, 2012

Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?
December 19, 2012

Hiding the Church's Treasure
November 25, 2012

The New Greatest Generation
November 21, 2012

Anti-Muhammad Movie Protests and Arab Spring Uprisings: Comparing Apples to Oranges
November 7, 2012

Catholics Respond to Election Results: Thomas Farr
November 7, 2012

For the Dream Act and Gay Marriage in Maryland
November 5, 2012

Nhat Vuong Interviews Katherine Marshall on Social Networking and Development
November 3, 2012

Liberals Should be Wary of Assisted Suicide
November 1, 2012

The Campaign's Moral Hole
October 7, 2012

The NFL Owners Got Flagged
September 26, 2012

Clinton Declares Religious Freedom a National Interest
September 13, 2012

The New Politics of Nostalgia
September 12, 2012

Obama's Hope and Change 2.0
September 7, 2012

Religious Freedom, in Murfreesboro and Mecca
August 25, 2012

Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Other Freedoms to Flourish?
August 7, 2012

Saudi Women Going to Games is a Sham
August 1, 2012

The State Department and International Religious Freedom
July 31, 2012

Syria's Alawi Population
July 15, 2012

The Founders' True Spirit
July 4, 2012

Timothy Samuel Shah on a Fully Free Egypt
June 3, 2011

Diplomacy in an Age of Faith: Religious Freedom and National Security
March 1, 2008

Behind the Scenes at the Vatican
January 1, 2006

A Church in Search Of Followers
June 23, 2003

A Papal Best Seller -- and One That Wasn't
November 4, 1994

Fear is Making the GOP’s Job Easier

Religious Freedom and Christianity: An Overview

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