Is social justice the same as socialism?

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Lately there have been accusations that a church with a social justice mission is one that supports socialism.

Conservative TV personality Glenn Beck told Christians, "I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice' or ‘economic justice' on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. . . . If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop."

Our health care system needs a heart transplant

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
And our politicians need a brain transplant. Universal health care is the most compassionate option we have, argues a Catholic doctor, and it’s the smartest, most economical solution as well.

The Congo’s killing fields

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.

Is the video game industry growing a conscience?

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Article Culture
Video games have expanded to include subjects like cancer and depression. Has the gaming industry grown a conscience?

A Jesuit astronomer’s guide to avoiding awful science fiction

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Article Culture
Sci-fi stories can transport readers to magical worlds beyond our imagination. But not all of them are worth the trip.

The prolific science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon is credited with formulating “Sturgeon’s Law.” Confronted with the undeniable fact that there’s an awful lot of rubbish published as science fiction, he replied, “Yes, 90 percent of all science fiction is crud; but then, 90 percent of anything is crud.”

Frank Underwood just dissed God. Would a real president do that?

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Article Culture

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of the Almighty.

Then there’s Frank Underwood, who spits in God’s face.

Underwood is fictional, of course, the power-grabbing president and central character in the hit Netflix series “House of Cards.” And Underwood is a notoriously amoral — criminal, actually — practitioner of a realpolitik so brutal that nothing he does should be surprising.

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

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Article Culture Scripture and Theology

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact—relics, as some call them—associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media frenzy, and gives believers—or skeptics—fresh evidence to try to finally win their argument while leaving their foes on the defensive.

What’s God got to do with football devotion? Plenty

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Article Culture

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone on Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? Millions of Americans may think so.

Does marriage matter to the millennial generation?

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Article Culture Marriage and Family Young Adults
Millennials are hesitant to pass judgment on the importance of marriage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in saying “I do.”

The closing scene of the Fox sitcom New Girl’s season premiere this fall struck a chord in me. Main character Jess and her roommates, Schmidt, Winston, Coach, and Nick, and her best friend Cece, dance around their L.A. loft’s kitchen removing the scores of wedding invitations fully covering the front of the refrigerator. (At the beginning of the episode, Jess is unable to even open the door, and sighs upon failing, “But I’m so hungry.”)

The faith in the ‘American Sniper' that you won't see in the film

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.

But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film American Sniper, which opens nationwide on Friday (January 16). The film offers a few similarities to Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s recent World War II epic about POW Louis Zamperini.