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Nuclear Weapons

Are we living in the best or the worst of times? Steven Pinker, a psychology professor at Harvard University, addresses this question in his latest book released in January under the title “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.” Pinker, born in Canada in 1954, is also the author of “The Better […] Read More

President Donald Trump on Friday, Oct. 13, announced he would decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. I wonder if one of his evangelical advisers could show him a passage in the Bible about responding to the worst deal ever? Trump previously called the deal between Iran, the U.S. and five other nations “the worst deal […] Read More

The United States ambassador to the United Nations believes that the organization is out of options with regard to North Korea. “U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and the United States may have to turn […] Read More

Were the atomic bombs necessary for ending the conflict with Japan during World War II? Undoubtedly, most U.S. citizens since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, have firmly believed that they were justified. Moreover, most people in the U.S. seem to think that the bombs were not […] Read More

More than 50 American Christian leaders have signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation’s nuclear program. These signatories include United Methodist Church bishops and other mainline Protestant judicatory heads, Catholic organizational leaders, the general secretaries for the Church of the Brethren and the National […] Read More

Reaction to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the “P5+1” – the U.S., U.K., France, China and Russia, plus Germany, the permanent member nations on the U.N. Security Council – has been swift and diverse. Almost simultaneous with its announcement, several prominent Republican leaders, including a few 2016 presidential candidates, denounced it, reflecting a mostly […] Read More

The streets of Colombo in Sri Lanka have witnessed angry crowds protesting at the soaring fuel costs, which have further crippled an economy already weakened by years of corruption and political mismanagement. Small countries like Sri Lanka are affected disproportionately by the economic sanctions against Iran imposed by the U.S. and the European Union. Iran […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans believers do not see preventing climate change or the spread of nuclear weapons as “spiritual obligations,” although they see both as important goals, according to a new poll. Among respondents who said they believe in God or in “spiritual obligations for behavior,” the importance of these issues ranked far behind reducing […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) With three weeks left before the 111th Congress adjourns, faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills, including a nuclear treaty with Russia and an immigration bill. Advocates are pressing for action on The DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants to gain citizenship through […] Read More

A “feeble and ineffective” measure. That’s how Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church leaders described Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s recent announcement that Britain was prepared to consider cutting its fleet of nuclear-armed submarines by a quarter. The three general secretaries – Rev. Jonathan Edwards (Baptist), Rev. Martyn Atkins (Methodist) and Rev. Roberta Rominger (United Reformed […] Read More