QUICK TAKES, an occasional feature designed to solicit immediate, brief opinion responses on pressing issues of the day, posed to its contributors the question Foreign Policy magazine tendered after the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015. Are the attacks a “game changer” in regard to our understanding of the significance […]Read More
QUICK TAKES – The Legality and Larger Meaning of Kentucky Clerk’s Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses For LGBT Couples
The refusal of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples on grounds of religious conscience has set off a storm of national controversy in recent days and has resulted in her jailing on orders from a federal judge. The legal issues surrounding her defiance as […]Read More
In a not-so-veiled protest against the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, a pastor in North Carolina decided last week to raise a Christian flag above the American flag. Aside from this motivation, this gesture, as some of our contributors who first brought the incident to our attention have argued, also touches […]Read More
The brutal punishment of 1000 lashes for a Saudi blogger for criticizing the country’s clerical establishment, suspended after global protests by human rights activists and some (largely European) governments, was reinstated last week by the kingdom’s supreme court. Mobilized protest, largely among Westerners, is now underway once again on Twitter […]Read More
In this week’s edition of QUICK TAKES, we take a hard look at the race crisis in America in light of the death of Freddie Gray and the turmoil in Baltimore. We posed the following questions to our contributors: What do the seemingly regular reports of deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers as well as the resulting protests tell us about the conditions of race and race relations today?Read More
QUICK TAKES – How Will The Iranian Nuclear Framework Affect The Religious As Well As The Political Power Balance in the Middle East?
In this week’s edition of QUICK TAKES on current and newsworthy issues involving religion and theology by POLITICAL THEOLOGY TODAY, we query two of our contributors on what it really means now that the Obama administration has concluded a “framework” for an eventual accord regarding nuclear weapons with the Iranian […]Read More
QUICK TAKES – Do the New State “Religious Freedom” Laws Ensure Such Freedoms, or Only A License to Discriminate?
In this week’s edition of QUICK TAKES on current and newsworthy issues involving religion and theology by POLITICAL THEOLOGY TODAY, we look at the very recent national controversy over legislation passed in both Indiana and Arkansas that purported to be state-based versions of the existing federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act […]Read More
In this week’s edition of QUICK TAKES on current and newsworthy issues involving religion and theology by POLITICAL THEOLOGY TODAY, we consider the issue of growing global anti-Semitism. In recent months anti-Semitism has been on the rise worldwide, according to various reports, not just in Europe but also on American […]Read More
In this week’s edition of QUICK TAKES on current and newsworthy issues involving religion and theology by POLITICAL THEOLOGY TODAY, we ask the following question: 1) To what degree, if any, should we as academics, pundits, commentators, or ordinary citizens in the West make efforts not to “insult” other religions, […]Read More
This past week, especially in light of the Copenhagen shootings, commentary about the White House summit on combatting “extremism,” and the publication of a controversial article in the magazine The Atlantic by one of its editors on ISIS, the big question in the news right now seems to be: “do the conflicts in Middle East mean we are fighting a global ‘war of religion(s),’ or at least a war with, as well as within, Islam?”Read More