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Evangelizing the Nones

From the January 2018 Print Edition

By far the fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States is the “nones,” that is, those who claim no religious affiliation. In the latest Pew Research Center survey, fully 25 percent of the country—80 million people—say that they have no formal religion, and the growth . . . . Continue Reading »

​Forgiving Dylann Roof

From the March 2017 Print Edition

On the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, twenty-one at the time, casually joined a group of African Americans gathered peacefully at the Emmanuel African ­Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, for a Bible study. For over an hour, he ­participated in the discussion, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Bridging a False Divide

From the April 2014 Print Edition

Two years ago, a colleague of mine, a specialist in the Old Testament, sidled over to me at a faculty party and asked, “What are you working on?” I replied eagerly, “Actually, something right up your alley. I’m writing a commentary on Second Samuel.” His face darkened and, leaning in close . . . . Continue Reading »