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By Paul V.M. Flesher
Mar 4, 2016

What technological innovation has had the greatest impact on Christianity? We might want to point to the radio or TV, or maybe the airplane or automobile. I ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Dec 4, 2015

The question of whether Christianity is successful depends on how success is measured. An easier question is "What is the biggest religion?" By this approach, ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Sep 11, 2015

King James grew up as a king, and doubly so. After Queen Elizabeth executed his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, when he was just 1 year old, he became King James ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Aug 14, 2015

Important religious buildings, such as synagogues, mosques, temples or cathedrals, derive their significance from their members' activities in the building. ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Jun 19, 2015

The debate continues over whether Christian business people, and others holding religious disagreements over gay marriage, have a right to deny gays wedding ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Jun 5, 2015

Last week, Ireland voted overwhelmingly to legalize gay marriage. The vote was 62 percent to 38 percent, with all but one district voting in favor. Rural as ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
May 29, 2015

The Pew Research Center for Religion and the Public Life has just released a new survey about the religious identity of Americans. The researchers interviewed ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Mar 13, 2015

The big news on the ISIS front recently was the identity of "Jihadi John," the guy who has been cutting off heads in the ISIS videos. He is Mohammed Emwazi, ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Feb 13, 2015

The Muslim terrorists who murdered the staff at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, claimed to be retaliating for the magazine's attacks on Islam and ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Nov 14, 2014

The world's two largest energy-producing countries and greenhouse gas emitters signed a deal this week to reduce carbon emissions. President Barack Obama ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Sep 26, 2014

The New Testament Gospels are so focused on Jesus' teachings and miracles that they give few details of his life experiences. They do not mention that growing ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Aug 29, 2014

A non-Christian who read recent newspapers to learn about Christianity might arrive at the following picture. Christianity believes that marriage is between a ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Apr 18, 2014

Our pilgrim forebears came to America in 1620 for freedom of religion. They sought the ability to worship and believe according to their conscience. They were ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Mar 28, 2014

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York went ahead March 17 just as it has for decades. Touted as America's oldest and longest parade, nearly 200,000 ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Feb 14, 2014

We believe some things that go so deep into our soul and shape our lives so totally that we are not even aware of them. These beliefs are so accepted and so ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Nov 22, 2013

The celebration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday in late November was not enacted until the 1870s. The official reason was to commemorate the landing at ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Nov 15, 2013

Christianity teaches that when an individual's life seems wrong, when he or she is overwhelmed with "sin," salvation can fix that wrongness. Salvation provides ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Nov 8, 2013

When evangelical Christians want guidance about living their lives, the first place they go is the Bible. After all, they believe the Bible contains God's ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Oct 25, 2013

Pope Francis is an impressive guy. Impressive not in the sense of his "wow" factor, coolness, charisma or even power, but impressive in his calm inner ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Sep 27, 2013

Two and a half years ago, the Arab Spring erupted across the Middle East. In some countries, the people deposed their single-party governments in an attempt ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Aug 16, 2013

In many of the recent moral debates in the United States of America, we have heard people call for a return to a more biblical America. With regard to many ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
Jul 26, 2013

The news coming out of Egypt these past couple weeks tells a dramatic story. Millions of Egyptians protested the authoritarianism of a political party that ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Jun 14, 2013

There are several locations which Christians immediately associate with the life of Jesus. There is Bethlehem, in Judea, where Jesus was born; Nazareth, in ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
May 17, 2013

We readily speak of "American Christianity" and "American Judaism" and are even wrapping our minds around the notion of "American Buddhism," particularly on ...


By Paul V.M. Flesher
May 10, 2013

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber's fans are known as "Beliebers." According to Wikipedia, this pun, based on Bieber's name and the word "believer," ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Apr 19, 2013

When you are sitting in church and the offering plate is passed, do you feel uncomfortable? Does the social pressure of your neighbors watching impel you to ...

By Paul V.M. Flesher
Apr 5, 2013

The dilemma makes it difficult for religions to look to the future, because they always look to the past, and stay in line with their previous ...


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