The Reformation Role Reversal

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther’s skilled use of media propelled the reformation of the church. Luther exploited printing technology not merely as a way to disseminate his writing, but to project his view of the gospel through graphic design. The explosion of pamphlets, theological treatises, and translations of the Bible used images as well... Continue Reading →

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The Conflicted 500th Year

October will mark the fifth century since Martin Luther started a debate about the pope’s authority. Luther split Europe by questioning Rome’s power over a person’s spiritual life, control of information, and misuse of money. Limiting Rome’s authority helped remove the institution from the relationship between the individual and Jesus Christ. Yet as I observe... Continue Reading →

The Empty Tomb and the Empty Easter

by Matthew Raley For American evangelicals, the resurrection of Jesus Christ seems to have become a tall tale. We retell the story with gusto, but by Easter afternoon the resurrection fades to legend. Evangelicals historically saw Christ's rising from the dead as the volcanic core of the Christian life. He conquered death not just by... Continue Reading →

Religious Liberty and the Ruling on Prop 8

by Matthew Raley Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Prop 8's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. No surprise there. The real question is what will happen at the U.S. Supreme Court, and what the implications will be for religious liberty. Some observations: 1. It is not clear how the Roberts... Continue Reading →

Churches and the Decayed Culture of Learning

by Matthew Raley In a New York Times op-ed piece, "Your So-Called Education," Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa expose key failings in undergraduate institutions. The B.A. does not mean what it used to, they report, and there are structural reasons for its decline. Their sharp criticism raises questions about our cultural foundations for learning, not... Continue Reading →

Chico News & Review Reports on Churches and Gays

by Matthew Raley Jerry Olenyn did a service for Chico in his story for CN&R on how local churches view homosexuality. Writing such a piece is a thankless task, the only guarantee being that some on all sides will see Olenyn as biased. Conservative evangelicals should notice that Olenyn's language is even-handed, that his use... Continue Reading →

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