“Public Health, Public Trust, and Faith Communities” by Michael J. DeBoer

In a recently issued report, the RAND Corporation highlighted a dimension of the impact that the government response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had on trust. It noted that trust in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declined significantly between May and October 2020, and it observed that

“At Home and Among ‘Heathens'” by Matthew J. Cressler

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan open their edited volume At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion (Columbia University Press, 2020) with an epigraph: Is it, perhaps, possible that there are two kinds of Civilization—one for home consumption and one for the heathen market? – Mark Twain, “To the Person Sitting in Darkness”

“The Corpus Mysticum and Church Freedom: A Response to Edward David” by James Pennell

De Vries, Paul Vredeman. “Interior of a Gothic Cathedral,” 1612. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, https://collections.lacma.org/node/229641. This article is in response to Edward David’s recent article in Canopy. From a theological perspective, Christians should welcome Edward David’s critical reflections on Lockean liberalism’s eschewal of a corporate understanding of the Church as corpus mysticum. For

“Secular Corporations, Religious Subjects” by Isaac A. Weiner

What is a religious corporation? After a number of high profile U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past decade, this question has assumed great significance as the religious corporation has come to occupy a powerful space of exemption in U.S. law. The “ministerial exception,” for example, as elaborated in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

“The Bishops, President Biden, and American Catholic Politicians: An Uneasy Relationship” by Charles J. Russo

Historical Context A timely, significant topic of discussion worth remembering, stretching back to presidential candidate John F. Kennedy’s battle against anti-Catholic prejudice, is the relationship between politicians and their faith leaders. This relationship, particularly involving politicians who are Roman Catholic, is the focus of this article. In his September 12, 1960, campaign speech in Texas

“Why Corporate Religious Exemptions Are Not Corporate Social Responsibility” by Elizabeth Sepper and James D. Nelson

In academic and legal debates, we frequently hear that the tradition of corporate social responsibility (CSR) supports religious exemptions for business corporations. As Justice Alito wrote in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, if corporations may pursue various socially responsible objectives — such as adhering to strict environmental standards or providing exemplary working conditions — then “there

“COVID-19 and The Family: Drawing Good and Sacramentality Out of Evil” by Marguerite Spencer

My query began with an observation. During the first spring of the COVID-19 pandemic when we were required to maintain small circles, why was I seeing such large family groupings riding bikes or throwing the ball around on open greenspace? Then it struck me. The answer was quite simple. These are families that have learned,

“Church Autonomy and the corpus mysticum Tradition” by Edward A. David

Churches can be forgiven for describing themselves, like any other civil society organization, as “voluntary.” This Lockean portrayal, after all, dominates the American political imagination. But an exclusive or even primary emphasis upon the freely choosing individual should give churches pause. Does not Saint Paul describe each member in more corporate terms, as together making

“Religious Freedom in Pandemic Times in Europe: A Perspective After One Year” by Alejandro González-Varas

1. Introduction Coronavirus began to spread across the world a year ago, peaking in most EU countries (as well as the United Kingdom) in April or early May 2020. While the amount of COVID transmissions was quite lower in summer than in spring, from this moment on, its intensity has been variable. Legal continence measures