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Coming Out as Christian

You'd be surprised how many conversations I start by wearing a cross and a Pride bracelet.<p>Sometimes, it starts, "How dare you?"<p>Sometimes, "That's awesome! I'm queer and Christian, too!"<p>In the three years since I came out publicly as a gay man, I've gotten rather used to casually working my …

LGBTQI

Filmmakers Disguise a Bible as a Koran and Head Out on the Street. What They Do Next Has Some So Shocked That They Spout Expletives.

Two Dutch filmmakers recently took to the streets to conduct a social experiment in an effort to measure public reaction to — and shed light on — what they deem to be “shocking verses” in the Judeo-Christian scriptures.<p>“Muslims have been accused of following a religion that has no place in our …

Faith

Watch: How people respond to Bible quotes when told they're from the Quran

People make a lot of assumptions about Islam compared with Christianity and Judaism — particularly that it's more inherently violent. But do people really know what they're talking about, or are they simplifying complicated belief systems to make a political point?<p>The team at Dit Is Normaal decided …

Questions for Jesus' Parables

Jesus' parables -- vivid short stories and comparisons like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Laborers in the Vineyard -- make up the most distinctive element of his teaching. Lots of Jesus' contemporaries used parables, but nearly all interpreters agree that Jesus' stories stand out …

Why I Study Religion

The first day of college orientation came with the mandatory attendance of a mock class. This was meant to give first-year students a taste of what the academic culture on campus would consist of. Entering the classroom with my orientation group, the professor passed out an article about how Jesus …

Religion

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christianity in America.<p>According to the report, Millennials are leaving the Church in droves and, the theory went, if the next generation isn't there to fill …