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Clumsy Comments and Mormon Stereotypes

JANUARY 2012: AS WE SEE IT by Chad Ray Many Iowa Republicans going to their local caucuses earlier this month faced an interesting question. Those who describe themselves as "evangelical Christians" found a Mormon leading the pack and often described as the "most electable." And in the overall field, as of this writing, two candidates are Mormons—Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman—a fact that not all their rivals are too shy to point out. Can evangelicals in good conscience vote for…
A. Chadwick Ray
October 30, 2014
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Why Obama?

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and half-way through this term I am more confident than ever that America and I chose well. From the night he gave that televised speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, I have thought that this man has a vision for America grounded in some of the noblest hopes that this country has offered to its people, to immigrants, and to its admirers around the world. I find President Obama's vision and…
A. Chadwick Ray
November 1, 2010
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Grounding Justice

The first thing you need to know about this book is that the title does not do it justice. Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale, has not sought to tell us what justice requires, like John Rawls in A Theory of Justice, but to answer a deeper question: what cosmic support, if any, grounds justice? His answer is in the first instance the excellence and majesty of God, which give Him inherent dignity and worthiness of respect…
A. Chadwick Ray
March 1, 2009
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Science on Purpose

Apparently the debate over Intelligent Design (ID) is not going away. Perhaps that should read, "the debates." Beyond the debate over human origins and who or what lies behind terrestrial life, lies the question, "What is science?" At least when we are thinking of "culture wars," defining the terms is tantamount to winning the debate. If God, higher intelligence, or ultimate guiding purpose can figure legitimately in scientific theorizing, one may expect a seismic shift in our science education, our…
A. Chadwick Ray
December 16, 2005
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Can Politics Make America More Christian?

It's astonishing to me that such a wide range of products can be obtained with money. I don't enjoy paying bills any more than anyone else does, but I find that I enjoy peace of mind every time I make out a check for an insurance premium. Having mailed off a premium, I find that in some measure I am free to "give no thought for the morrow." My anxieties--some of them, at least--fade away as I provide for the…
A. Chadwick Ray
June 1, 2005