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WHY IT MATTERS: Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The federal government is borrowing about 1 out of 7 dollars it spends and steadily piling up debt — to the tune of about $14 trillion held by investors. Over the long term, that threatens the economy and our pocketbooks.<p>Most economists say rising debt risks crowding …

Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

<i>by Martin Saunders</i><p>Atheism is cool. At least, that's the popular perception of a worldview that's enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last …

My Favorite Apologetics Apps

I have been checking out the available apologetics apps and I wanted to share the ones that I have found most helpful. They are all available for …

How Democrats became secular and Republicans became religious. (It’s not what you think.)

Back in 2012, partisan battles over religion continued. The Republican Party platform accused the Democratic Party of waging a “war on religion.” News media paid attention to the absence of the word “God” from the initial 2012 Democratic Party platform.<p>How did we get here? Ryan Claassen is a …

Religion

How I dumped the mega-church model and found something bigger

Each year, the “nones” in our society (those who check “none” for religious affiliation) grow at an astounding rate. Some have used those statistics to declare the end of the American church. And while this fear of secularism is a bit overblown, the stats do raise an essential point: Churches that …

BBC Two - Horizon, 2014-2015, Which Universe Are We In?

Imagine a world where dinosaurs still walk the earth. A world where the Germans won World War II and you are president of the United States. Imagine a world where the laws of physics no longer apply and where infinite copies of you are playing out every storyline of your life.<p>It sounds like a plot …

Bigotry in Numbers: Why Academics Look Down on Evangelicals

The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.<p>Talk to people of faith of all ages in any region of the U.S., and what they are basically …

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

Earlier this summer, one of the Episcopal Church's more conservative bishops wrote a pastoral letter to oppose the Church's approval of measures to support marriage equality. Before explaining his position, he wrote, "I pray that regardless of which side of the issue you find yourself on, you will …

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

Tim Keller got a C in preaching at Westminster Seminary in the early 1970s (p. 211). For those who know his preaching <i>today</i> well enough to pick up …

Actually, that's not in the Bible

<b>(CNN) —</b> NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.<p>"Scripture tells you that all things shall pass," a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season. …

Theology

Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? - The American Interest

We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God. What would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist …

My Harvard Jesus Moment

I don't know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: …

Apologetics and Evangelism

<i>by Philip Venables</i><p>Let us define these two terms to start with:<p>Apologetics: “That aspect of Christian theology which seeks to set out and demonstrate …

12 Apologetics Quotes for the Thinking Christian

<i>If we are to help bring our neighbors to saving faith, we must first destroy their false ideas of what Christianity is and is not. That means we must</i> …

Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes

<i>I have found in the toughest times of life I sometimes do not experience the presence of God. God seems to be distant. But what I come back to is</i> …

Faith

Ten quick responses to atheist claims

You don't have to read hundreds of books before you can discuss your faith with an atheist. Sometimes claims and questions that are just short …

Apologetics is Foundational Since the Earliest Times of the Faith

It should be the goal of every Christian to reflect the heart of Jesus in his or her life. Yet, some in the church bristle at the idea of equipping …

Faith

8 Great Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Child

When our children were babies, they depended us on to do everything for them. However, as they grow up, we must continually release them to the Lord. …

Acquainted

In This Day and Age, Evangelism Is Spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S

On Saturday morning I woke up to find <i>God’s Crime Scene</i> ranked as the #1 Best Seller on Amazon’s list of “Evangelism” books. I will admit I was …

Faith

PRRI – American Values Atlas

About | PRRI

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection …

Thought Leadership