Charles Redfern is a "New Evangelical" clergyman, writer, and activist who lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. He has written extensively about the intersection of religion, culture, and politics, with a focus on the growing concern for the environment and social justice among evangelical Christians. His articles have been published in Creedible.com (now Hartford FAVs), Huffington Post, Truthout, Christian Ethics Today, Sojourners, and Beloved Planet.

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Charles Redfern is a "New Evangelical" clergyman, writer, and activist who lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. He has written extensively about the intersection of religion, culture, and politics, with a focus on the growing concern for the environment and social justice among evangelical Christians. His articles have been published in Creedible.com (now Hartford FAVs), Huffington Post, Truthout, Christian Ethics Today, Sojourners, and Beloved Planet.

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A Different Kind of Denial

A more subtle form of doubt has crept into the climate debate even as government agencies confirm what we already know: It was a hot and soppy summer. NASA said global temperatures broke all-time records in July and August; NOAA said all the lower 48 US states sweltered in those two months, with records shattered…

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Is Evangelicalism Imploding With the Republican Party?

Hear the rumble beneath the great collapse. The pretense of evangelical cohesion in America is disintegrating even as the Republican Party implodes, with rubble surrounding the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. Long-hidden fissures have surfaced, making the obvious painfully clear: The term “evangelical” has become so thinned and adulterated it’s worse than meaningless. A question…

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Viewing the Chaos Through the Fog

I’ve been benched, forced to watch the GOP descent into xenophobic madness through chemotherapy’s haze. I haven’t possessed the strength to drop in comments until now. Here are three observations, for what they’re worth: First, many point out that the aimless anger conjures images of a different era. Dick Polman posted this on his Facebook…

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Beware Martyrs From Hell

It’s now a macabre routine: As soon as the bodies of innocent mothers and daughters and fathers and sons are carted off the sidewalk, someone from a virulent theocracy hails the suicide bombers as “martyrs.” How twisted. A word encapsulating one of the noblest human acts now conjures horror. The very concept of martyrdom is…

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Speak Softly, Calm Down, Relax, and Play One of Those CD’s With Ocean Sounds

I say this from my perch on the losing side of last week’s Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage: We need to chill out.  All of us: gay, straight, transgender, male, female, open-minded, closed-minded, liberals, conservatives, alleged bigots, dogmatists, hypocrites, and purported degenerates. Chill. Aside from an occasional comment, I’ve been loath to join…

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The Real-Life, Behind-the-Scenes Saga of an Explosive Papal Encyclical

It’s a made-for-television-news drama, featuring a benevolent new pope from the Global South as its hero. He defies expectations, champions the poor, defends the environment, and throws caution to the wind when he releases a revolutionary encyclical begging humanity to halt its march down calamity’s path. Old-line guardians, fearing chaos and church splits, wistfully long…

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Is Martyrdom Marketable?

Slice another pie and serve more stuffing. The religious festivals marched on like salivating cholesterol monsters. The Feast of St. Stephens immediately followed Christmas on December 26th, a date jammed with Great Britain’s Boxing Day and Ireland’s Wren’s Day. It was also the Second Day of Christmas (remember: it’s a liturgical season) and Rummage-through-the-leftovers Day.…

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Common Sense From an Unlikely Source

Let’s tip our hats to the oft-infuriating Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky: At least he’s intellectually consistent. He is a true, government-keep-your-mitts-off Libertarian. Thus he supports re-opening US relations with Cuba, which pits him against many in his party and stirred a social media war with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Some snippets from his…

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An Ode to Bristling Couch Potatoes

My lament over the 2014 mid-term elections doesn’t always harmonize with the nation-wide liberal blues. Perhaps that’s because I’m an old-style, New Deal political liberal with a traditional theology and time-honored family values, at once more progressive and conservative than today’s cultural reformer. I mourn of hidden elephants, orphaned Democrats, and a ghettoized intelligentsia. My…

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Shouts & Murmurs on Climate Change

Murmur Number One:  Anyone drifting through the Northeastern United States on October 12-13 should float toward Connecticut’s state capital — and then a little west. The Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network will be holding its second interfaith Climate Stewardship Conference from October 12-13 in West Hartford. Activities on the first night will be held from 4 p.m.…

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Why Peace-Lovers Drop Bombs

Let’s resurrect a few fourth and fifth-century theologians and coach them for the Sunday-morning talk shows.  Be merciless.  Interrogate them with conspiracy-laced drills: Where were you on the afternoon of September 10th?  Were you prepping President Obama on his four-point strategy to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the so-called Islamic State?  Were you whispering in his…

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