Tom Gjelten appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Disputes over LGBT rights and religion's role in public life have derailed a previously non-partisan movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.