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WAR NO MORE

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
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Must Read: Mother of Amish Massacre Shooter Caring for His Paralyzed Victim

Today Religion News Service reporter Daniel Burke has an absolutely stellar, exclusive interview with Terri Roberts, the mother of Charles Carl "Charlie" Roberts IV, who, on Oct.
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Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story.

Ironically, voices on both the right and the left want to describe most or all evangelicals as zealous members of the ultra-conservative political base.

Why? Perhaps because some conservative Republicans want to claim a religious legitimacy and constituency for their ideological agenda, and some liberal writers seem hell-bent on portraying religious people as intellectually-flawed right-wing crazies with dangerous plans for the country.

Let me try to be clear as someone who is part of a faith community that is, once again, being misrepresented, manipulated, and maligned. Most people believe me to be a progressive political voice in America. And I am an evangelical Christian.

I believe in one God, the centrality and Lordship of God's son Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the authority of the scriptures, the saving death of the crucified Christ and his bodily resurrection -- not as a metaphor but a historical event. Yep, the whole nine yards.

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Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!

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Today's News Round-up

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012
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True Story.

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50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War

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Generation XYZ: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Morality

If older generations paint morality in black and white, young people's palettes are disappointingly grey.
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The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all
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