Giving Up, Giving Down

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.

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June 30th, 2014

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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June 2nd, 2014

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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February 7th, 2014

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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January 8th, 2014

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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July 11th, 2013

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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June 11th, 2013

“Every living and healthy religion has a marked idiosyncrasy” wrote philosopher George Santayana, and its power comes from the “special…

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April 24th, 2013

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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March 29th, 2013

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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March 1st, 2013

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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January 21st, 2013

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

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October 17th, 2012

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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June 14th, 2012

Martin Marty makes the case that legitimate conflicts and argumentation are happening that are not a war against religion.

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January 17th, 2012

Photo by swatjester/Flickr Those who observe United States Supreme Court decisions on “church and state” are dealing with what many…