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Martin E. Marty
Martin E. Marty

is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the Divinity School at The University of Chicago. His biography, publications, and contact information can be found at www.memarty.com.

Giving Up, Giving Down

by Martin E. Marty

New research shows that charitable giving for religious organizations declined in the past few years. This trend, Martin Marty suggests, both reflects American’s dwindling interest in religious institutions and offers an opportunity for religious organizations to appeal to “the better angels of their nature.”

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Phone Versus Online Honesty

by Martin E. Marty

A new survey shows that Christians who take phone polls exaggerate their attendance more than those who take online polls. But, Martin Marty says, it’s showing what we all have known for centuries.

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Phone Versus Online Honesty

Colbert and Catechesis

by Martin E. Marty

Can something positive appear on a popular TV comedy show? An analysis of the “edgy Catholic Sunday School teacher and TV host as a catechist who can teach other catechists much.”

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Colbert and Catechesis

Religious Architecture

by Martin E. Marty

Few expressions of religion are as public and inescapable as buildings. Some photos of the best of the best of this year’s religious architecture from Faith & Form.

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Religious Architecture

Demographic Changes Impact Religious Institutions

by Martin E. Marty

Shifts in the U.S.’ ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.

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Demographic Changes Impact Religious Institutions

Confidence in Religion Drops

by Martin E. Marty

The public’s trust in “organized religion” is on the decline. While wearying, Martin Marty says that these polls offer insights and lessons on how religious institutions must serve the public better.

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Confidence in Religion Drops

Holy Week: Dealing with the Shadow Side of the Passion

by Martin E. Marty

Dealing with the dark side of the Passion story and Passover is integral to dealing with magnifications of real life and its nether sides. Martin Marty on Bach’s bright side during Holy Week.

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Holy Week: Dealing with the Shadow Side of the Passion

Christian Pop: Crossing the Religious and Secular Line

by Martin E. Marty

Martin Marty on the porous lines between Christian and secular music as matters of taste, whether it be pop, folk, or classical.

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Christian Pop: Crossing the Religious and Secular Line

Divorce’s Toll

by Martin E. Marty

Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.

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Divorce’s Toll

The Coptic Papyrus: Jesus and His Wife?

by Martin E. Marty

Though the terms “Jesus”and “wife” may prompt new obsessions, guest contributor Martin Marty writes, they won’t likely change the course of biblical scholarship.

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The Coptic Papyrus: Jesus and His Wife?
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