In the scientific community, there has been a significant increase in sightings of articles and studies on the "science" of religion, says Douglas Anderson. But they don't necessarily prove very enlightening.
There are many people who are not Christians who revere Jesus, says Martin Marty. But when his name is invoked in the civic arena they hear assertions of majority privilege in the religious realm, where privilege often has taken form in power against others.
As we have tragically seen in Gaza, the thinking of the past has not brought peace to the Middle East or the USA, says Gene Stoltzfus. Something new is needed. The Obama era needs to be built on hopeful prayer and action for justice.
Amid the the violence, tragedy and politics of Gaza, there are deep forces of destruction at work, says Gene Stoltzfus. But there may also be sparks of hope which require prayerful discernment out of which a different quality of action can come.