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Author Tony Cartledge

The topic of pulpit plagiarism has been in the news since pastor Bill Shillady sought to capitalize on a series of devotions he sent Hillary Clinton during her ill-fated presidential campaign by publishing them as “Strong for a Moment Like This.” After the book came out, multiple readers recognized some of their own work in […] Read More

The Cyrus Cylinder, one of the ancient world’s most iconic objects, went on display March 9 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., where it sits at the heart of a small but priceless exhibition that seeks to inspire people to learn from the past for the sake of a better future. Julian […] Read More

North Carolina’s new governor has raised the ire of educators in the state’s university system by suggesting that the only purpose of higher education worth funding is training that will lead directly to jobs. I suspect he’s not the only governor doing so these days. In a radio interview with conservative talk show host Bill Bennett – […] Read More

The Church of England is continuing to struggle in the backwash after a recent attempt to approve women bishops was sunk when it narrowly failed to win approval from the General Synod’s laity arm after the bishops, clergy and 42 of 44 dioceses had shown strong support for it. The decision has political ramifications, because […] Read More

Protestants in America made big news last week – by officially becoming a minority. A major study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2007 showed that American Protestants, at 51.3 percent of the population, were “on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country.” A smaller, 2012 study by the Pew […] Read More

I recently had the chance to sit in on a day-long seminar at the fall meeting of the North Carolina Psychological Association. The topic should interest most anyone concerned with keeping families together in today’s electronic information age: it was “Technology in Intimate Relationships.” Katherine Hertlein, associate professor and program director of the Marriage and […] Read More

The story is spreading across the country now, as local newspapers, websites, and bloggers are picking up early reports, like this New York Times account, of a discovery recently announced by Harvard scholar Karen L. King — a small fragment of ancient papyrus contains a tantalizing reference to Jesus as a married man. What? The […] Read More

In a class called “Teaching the Bible to Youth and Adults” at Campbell University Divinity School, my students were asked to think about the Bible as a metanarrative for understanding our place in the world. (One of our textbooks is “The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story” by Craig G. Bartholomew […] Read More

Readers who aren’t on George Barna’s e-mail list might be interested to know of a recent series of surveys his organization has done on the views and feelings of Christian women. For the purposes of the telephone survey, which included 603 randomly chosen women from the lower 48 states, participants self-identified themselves as Christian, and […] Read More

People who love the church — in some semblance of the way we have come to know it in the past 100 years — have cause for concern about how long that model will be sustainable. Attendance is generally down, for one thing, as postmoderns and younger generations show less allegiance to the institutional church, […] Read More