abortion

abortion

Lots of people are talking about our (still very new) Bishop of Rome — and especially his recent interview in America. Mark Silk says we have a "liberal" pope. So do Rod Dreher and many other commentators.

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

Krista Tippett, David Gushee, and Frances Kissling at On Being's "Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue"Krista Tippett speaks with David Gushee and Frances Kissling at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

No issue is more intractable than abortion. Or is it? Most Americans fall somewhere between the absolute poles of “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” A Christian ethicist who advocates a "consistent ethic of life" and an abortion-rights activist reveal what they admire in the other side and discuss what’s really at stake in this debate.

Assisi SunsetSunset over the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy. (Photo by NKCPhoto/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

"Off to the place I love best: the airport!"

Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.

Two Christian leaders are working to restore Christian engagement in the world. Gabe Lyons and Jim Daly discuss how they who are reshaping their part in common life, and the common good. This often surprising conversation addresses subjects like gay marriage, abortion, and the strident reputation that Christian evangelicals have earned in the past decade.

Jimmy Carter -- former president and Nobel Laureate, author and global humanitarian -- speaks of his born-again faith with a directness that is striking even in today's political culture. He reflects on being commander in chief while following, as he says, "the Prince of Peace"; on upholding the law while privately opposing abortion; and on his marriage of 60 years as a metaphor for the challenge of human relationship both personal and global.

We deconstruct the phrase "moral values," which has confused and divided Americans since November's election. As the second term of George W. Bush commences, political analyst Steven Waldman helps explore what these words do and do not convey to liberals and conservatives, and why they still matter. What is at stake when both sides fail to understand the moral convictions of the other?

The second part of our examination of religious energies below the surface of the 2008 presidential campaign. Conservative columnist Rod Dreher is an outspoken critic of mainstream Republican economic and environmental ideas and the conduct of the Iraq war, but he voted for George W. Bush twice. We explore the little-known story of religiously influenced impulses within the conservative movement that diverge from the Religious Right.

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