Posts Tagged ‘liberal’

Absence of faith: Religion, taxes and the U.S. financial crisis

The nation is hovering near financial crisis. More and more Americans are falling into poverty. Universal health care, Social Security and Medicare have become political bargaining chips. But many Americans have decided only the wealthiest of the wealthy bear responsibility for paying higher taxes. Religious groups would seem to be in a strong position to raise ethical questions about individual responsibility for the common good. Yet research indicates that faith groups have a mixed record in getting people to share their wealth and possessions with their neighbors in need.

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The mighty have fallen: Is it time to redefine the mainline?

Mainline, oldline or sideline. Mainstream, standard brand or traditional. Progressive, liberal or moderate. The continuing decline of Protestant denominations that once set the agenda for American civil religion is forcing new ways of thinking about how to define the group of churches long described as “the mainline.“

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