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How can Vladimir Putin be described as a defender of Christian values?

Michael Cook – Mercator Net

There is much Christian rhetoric that has come from the Kremlin regarding the war in Ukraine. And the religious elements of the conflict run deep. But some American commentators have started to frame Putin as an ideal Christian. Michael Cook argues that this goes much too far.

Along the religion beat: Should ‘mainstream media’ pundits take sides on church disputes?

Richard Ostling – Get Religion

Richard Ostling responds to a recent article in Real Clear Religion that asks New York Times journalists David Brooks and Ross Douthat to stop writing op-eds on religious issues. Ostling believes there is already too little coverage of religion issues.

The Power of Laughter

Aleah Ingram – LDS Daily

Tomorrow’s “Daily Dose” at LDS Daily appropriately looks at humor for April Fool’s day and looks at the gospel need for joy in our lives.

Transitioning from Science to Philosophy

Joachim Ostermann – Church Life Journal

Biochemist turned Franciscan Friar, Joachim Ostermann, looks at his work in the sciences and examines the philosophical underpinnings that were all too often missing from his understanding.

We Need to Talk About Bruno

Ryan McDonald – The Gospel Coalition

A look at one of the most popular films of the year and it’s gospel themes. McDonald sees in Bruno a type of Jesus Christ. His thoughts should add to the already deep themes of forgiveness and family present in the film.