Ken Briggs has reported on religion for Newsday and The New York Times, contributed articles to a variety of publications, written five books and taught for 18 years as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University and Lafayette College. He lives in Indiana and continues to be a freelance writer.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings was an example of public faith in a time of religious skepticism

Commentary: Religion in America overall has become so intensely private, so enmeshed with non-religious values and so ill-defined publicly, that it's hard to tell staged religion from real religious actors.


Humanized Francis speaks as a leader whose movement is falling apart

Commentary: The pope's edgy remarks to reporters, warning about "ideology" infecting theology and saying schism could happen, indicate that the drumbeat of criticism is angering and preoccupying him.


Churches' struggles could be a staging ground for the new vessel

As much of the ground crumbles beneath the churches, as sanctuaries close and members fade away, a recurring question occurs with greater urgency: Did Christianity lose its essential vitality when it won the world around it?


Pence dustup shows refreshing diversity of thought at evangelical school

Commentary: When Mike Pence was announced as Taylor University's graduation speaker, opposition arose. No institution is free of division and difference, no matter how forceful the pressure for conformity.