Standing with those persecuted for their faith or belief. #Article18ForAll

Today, we want to mark the International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Freedom of Religion or Belief. We stand with those persecuted – every person must have the right to believe as they choose, have the right to change that belief if they choose, and have Continue Reading

Waters of the United States: Interpreting the Clean Water Act [Fourth Branch]

The Clean Water Act is a piece of congressional legislation that authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the navigable waters of the United States. The statutory goal ultimately is eliminating all pollutant discharge. So, what’s at stake is the capacity of the statute, the way it’s being administered, to Continue Reading

John Shelby Spong: Part II State of Belief Radio Interview, August 17, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: When you started writing these kinds of thoughts – who were you writing for? Were you writing for yourself? Were you writing knowing that there were people who were just exactly where you were – who was your audience? [RT. REV. JOHN SHELBY SPONG, Continue Reading

“Zealot” Author Reza Aslan State of Belief Radio Interview: July 20, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: Reza Aslan is a respected religion scholar, a popular commentator, best-selling author and University professor. His first book, “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books Continue Reading

The Idolatry of God: Peter Rollins State of Belief Radio Interview, May 25, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: From Interfaith Alliance, this is State of Belief Radio. I’m your host, Welton Gaddy. Peter Rollins is an Irish author and philosopher who writes provocatively about faith and spirituality. His new book has the striking title “The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Continue Reading

DOMA’s Done: Bishop John Shelby Spong State of Belief Radio Interview, June 26, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: On Wednesday morning, Just as the Supreme Court was poised to announce its momentous rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, Ray, my producer, and I were wending our way through the New Jersey countryside on our way to a Continue Reading

“Noah” writer Ari Handel: State of Belief Interview April 5, 2014

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: Perhaps surprising in an age of Muppets Most Wanted and The Lego Movie, an epic drama that draws its inspiration from the Hebrew Scriptures opened in the top spot last weekend. Noah is not the first in the recent spate of religiously-themed films, but Continue Reading

John Shelby Spong: Part I State of Belief Radio Interview, August 17, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: Bishop Spong, first of all, let me just say what an honor it is to interview you. You are a person that I have admired, and whose writings I have read carefully. And so to interview you is really a special pleasure. You and Continue Reading

Republican Party Beliefs

The Republican Party has been one of the two main political parties in the United States since 1854. What makes someone a Republican? What principles do they uphold? Republicans have traditionally believed that personal responsibility and individual achievement are the keys to prosperity. One of the prevailing mantras of the Continue Reading

Helping Preachers Who Are Not Believers: Catherine Dunphy, State of Belief Radio June 8, 2013

[REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, HOST]: Welcome back to State of Belief Radio, everyone. I’m Welton Gaddy. Can you imagine building a life, career and ministry on a religious vocation that you, one day, realize has become an empty performance? Can you imagine spending years as a faith leader, only Continue Reading