Charlie Van Dyke
It is one of the common questions of eighth-grade theology (which is generally more insightful and useful than post-doctoral theology): If God really exists, why doesn’t he just show himself in some dramatic, undeniable way?

In response, the author and minister Frederick Buechner proposes a thought experiment. What if God were to rearrange the stars... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Thomas Reese | Oct. 20, 2016 Faith and Justice
Election 2016

Earlier this week at a Fordham University panel discussion on the election, I was asked, "Is there some similarity between the dissatisfaction and disengagement we see among Americans for religious institutions with the same phenomena for political parties?"
It is a thought provoking q... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
BY KAYA OAKES SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
THEY’RE NOT COMING BACK: THE RELIGIOUSLY UNAFFILIATED AND THE POST-RELIGIOUS ERA


The wistful refrain among religionists has for some time now been the same: the religiously unaffiliated will return to religious practice one of these days. New numbers from a survey jointly conducted by the Public Religion Research... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
The Nones
Posted September 23, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
By Christopher Ingraham July 14

More American voters than ever say they are not religious, making the religiously unaffiliated the nation's biggest voting bloc by faith for the first time in a presidential election year. This marks a dramatic shift from just eight years ago, when the non-religious were roundly outnumbered by Catholics, white mai... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Christ Statue In Rio
Posted August 12, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
By Michelle Boorstein August 9



“Christ the Redeemer” — or “Cristo Redentor” — rises almost a half-mile into the Rio sky, and is perhaps the most recognizable Christian image in Latin America.

Yet Cristo’s meaning to Brazilians varies. Some see it as a tribute to Catholicism while others consider it a salvo against secularism. Still others in ... read more
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