Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

As U.S. Jews Cool To Israel, Evangelicals Flock There As Tourists

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Evangelicals are emerging as the most reliable U.S. supporters of the Israeli government and as the fastest-growing segment of the Israeli tourism market.


Tourism To Israel Is On The Rise, With More U.S. Evangelical Christians Visiting

Thursday, August 22, 2019

U.S. Jewish views of President Trump and the Israeli government are under strain, but support for Israel among white evangelicals is strong as they continue to visit Israel in record numbers.


How And Why People Come Up With Conspiracy Theories

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The unexplained suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has given rise to conspiracy theories. People sometimes seek simplistic answers when confronted by complex, coincidental or otherwise confusing phenomena.


New Poll Shows Young Americans Are Not Especially Knowledgeable About Religion

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows Americans have fairly good knowledge of the Bible and Christianity but limited understanding of Judaism, Buddhism and other faith traditions.


Trump's Remarks Against Congresswomen Are Not The Only Example Of The 'Go Back' Taunt

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Immigrants, the children of immigrants and other people of color or those with minority backgrounds are often told to "go back" home. They share their stories.


Church And Clergy Have Fallen Out Of Favor, New Polls Show

Friday, July 19, 2019

Two polls provide more evidence that Americans are becoming less religious. Confidence in organized religion is down, and Americans are less and less inclined to seek guidance from clergy.


State Department Conference Aims To Identify Victims Of Religious Persecution

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The State Department is hosting a meeting this week on religious freedom and persecution. The meeting comes as the Trump administration clamps down on refugee admissions and asylum-seekers.


Democrats Have The Religious Left. Can They Win The Religious Middle?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Faith voters who have a mix of liberal and conservative values are up for grabs in the 2020 election. Democrats hope to win them over.


After Disagreements Over LGBTQ Clergy, U.S. Methodists Move Closer To Split

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Methodists around the U.S. have been engaged in tense discussions over the future of their church. "We are in an untenable situation," Bishop Thomas Bickerton told delegates at a recent meeting.


Bishops In Amazon Region To Debate Whether Married Men Might Join Priesthood

Monday, June 17, 2019

Catholic Bishops from the Amazon region will debate a proposal to allow the ordination of married men in limited circumstances in October. Pope Francis has long said the idea should be considered.


Catholics And Southern Baptists Consider How To Respond To Sex Abuse In The Church

Friday, June 14, 2019

Catholics and Southern Baptists have both faced clergy sex abuse allegations. Leaders of both denominations met this week to discuss their problems.


Southern Baptists To Confront Sexual Abuse And Role Of Women In The Church

Monday, June 10, 2019

The largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. faces allegations of sexual abuse by ministers and controversy over its opposition to women preachIng in church.


How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Disputes over LGBT rights and religion's role in public life have derailed a previously non-partisan movement.


The Debate Grows Over What Religious Freedom Means

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Congress passed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act 25 years ago on an almost unanimous basis. Since then, the advocacy of religious freedom has become highly contentious and more partisan.


Federal Commission Challenges Trump To Support Global Religious Freedom

Monday, April 29, 2019

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report at a time of spiraling sectarian conflict around the world.


How Would Jesus Vote?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Christian faith leads in a "progressive" political direction. Conservatives disagree. The debate reshapes old questions about the relation between religion and politics.


Pope Benedict Breaks 6-Year Silence To Comment On Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two popes speaking simultaneously on the most divisive issue facing the church is remarkable. Benedict's letter may well raise concerns that the Vatican can no longer speak with a single voice.


Little-Remembered Religious Preachers Get Their Due In 'American Messiahs'

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bizarre as they may have been, many messianic leaders were stunningly successful, heading movements that flourished for years due, in part, to their keen ability to offer responses to social distress.


Pastoring A Purple Church: 'I Absolutely Bite My Tongue Sometimes'

Saturday, April 06, 2019

In an era of red and blue polarization, purple congregations are increasingly rare and a challenge to maintain. They learn to avoid some subjects to maintain congregational harmony.


U.S. Resettling Record Low Numbers Of Refugees

Friday, April 05, 2019

Despite a global refugee crisis, the United States is closing its doors. Refugee resettlement is near record lows, even for minorities whose plight the Trump administration has highlighted.