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What the Bible Really Says About Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions invokes the Bible to justify the heinous zero-tolerance immigration policy, which incarcerates children. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls the policy “very Biblical.” Pushback from religious figures comes quickly: from Catholic bishops and the Pope, “immoral”; from rabbis …

Taking Back Christianity From The Religious Right

Since the early seventies, with the Supreme Court legalized abortion in <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, the Christian right has been on the prowl, adding grievance to …

Faith

Early church found place for female bishops, experts claim

When the first woman bishop, the Right Reverend Libby Lane, was consecrated in 2015, it was hailed a “completely new phase” in the Church of England’s history.<p>The legislation followed decades of argument over women’s ordination and remains controversial.<p>But academics now claim that a fresco …

Philosophers Make Bad Husbands

Philosophers Make Bad HusbandsBy Frank FreemanMarch 16, 2018This biography would not have been written if the woman portrayed, Regine Olsen …

How Trump Is Remaking Evangelicalism

A new book shows the fracture lines the 45th U.S. president has created within American Christianity.<p>This fall, Christian students at Princeton dropped the word “evangelical” from the name of their fellowship. They felt the term is increasingly “confusing, or unknown, or misunderstood,” the …

The death of Christianity in the U.S.

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning …

Beginning Again - A New Translation Of Genesis

Professor Samuel Bray and Reverend John Hobbins have recently published a new translation of Genesis 1-11, appropriately titled <i>Genesis 1-11: A New Old Translation for Readers, Scholars, and Translators</i>.<p>Only 17 of its 313 pages consist of the actual translation. The rest is a combination of …

How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith once more

After experiencing the horrors of war, <b>Bryan Mealer</b> lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore it<p>A few mornings a week, I go running with a priest.<p>We meet at 5.30 under a streetlamp in central Austin and make our way down to the state capitol …

Christianity Today Editor: Evangelicals Have Forever 'Tarnished' Their Faith

The editor-in-chief of <i>Christianity Today</i> posted a provocative editorial that concludes “Christian faith” was the clear loser in the Alabama special …

Elections

Homeless Jesus statue installed in Glasgow city centre

<b>A sculpture depicting Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench has been installed in Glasgow city centre.</b><p>Castings of the life-size statue have been placed in cities worldwide since 2013, although some churches have refused to display it.<p>Church and homeless charity representatives hope the …

After fiancé's death, Michigan bride poses for powerful wedding photos alone

A Michigan woman who lost her future husband in the line of duty chose to pose for her wedding photos alone — to honor their love and leave the pain behind.<p>Nikki Salgot of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., said on Facebook she wanted the photos as a reminder that her fiancé's death could not break her. …

Weddings

Meet the clergy who stared down white supremacists in Charlottesville

“It really felt like every step you take could be your last."<p>Asked what it was like to march through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia over …

The ‘greatest film-maker who ever lived’

It’s not right that the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman is always described as dark and gloomy. He was a deeply humane artist with great empathy, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>Woody Allen once lauded Ingmar Bergman as “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion …

Woody Allen

Canceled wedding turns into a meaningful time for homeless guests

INDIANAPOLIS — A school bus pulled up in front of the manicured landscaping of the Ritz Charles in Carmel on Saturday. It was a sunny, beautiful day for a wedding.<p>About a dozen homeless veterans from the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation stepped off the bus. Sarah Cummins, in a jeweled …

Why this priest isn't afraid of Christianity's waning influence

New York City, N.Y., Jun 30, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA).- With Catholic proposals to <b>literally head for the hills</b> in response to Christianity's …

News from the Vatican - News about the Church

08/08/2018<p>Pope at Audience: Christians turn our gaze to Christ crucified<p>09/08/2018<p>Edith Stein, a woman of dialogue and hope<p>08/08/2018<p>Philippine …

At Passover Seders, American Jews Sing of the Heart of the Stranger

It is the season of song in the Jewish community. The season of anthems, as it were.<p>Among the most potent weapons for the valiant fight against …

Christianity

A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked

By Mitch Kaminski<p>This patient isn’t usually mine, but today I’m covering for my partner in our family-practice office, so he has been slipped into my schedule.<p>Reading his chart, I have an ominous feeling that this visit won’t be simple.<p>A tall, lanky man with an air of quiet dignity, he is 88. His …

Empathy

A list of faith groups opposing Trump’s new Muslim ban

That didn’t take long.<p>President Donald Trump signed his second attempt at a Muslim ban on Monday, altering parts of the original executive order but …

Civil war in the Vatican as conservatives battle Francis for the soul of Catholicism

As the pope leaves Rome for a retreat to mark Lent, rebellion and turmoil are in the air<p>When Pope Francis was elected nearly four years ago, on 13 March 2013, he was escorted – like every pope before him – from the Sistine Chapel to the Room of Tears. It is the place where a new pope pauses for a …

The Youth Group That Launched a Movement at Standing Rock

Jasilyn Charger was 19 when she learned her best friend had killed herself. Charger was Lakota Sioux, and she had left the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota for Portland, Ore., just a few months earlier. But in the summer of 2015, she flew home for her friend’s funeral. Then, two days …

Pastor slammed for Carrie Underwood performance

NASHVILLE — An Atlanta pastor is facing criticism after letting Carrie Underwood, a country superstar who has voiced support for gay marriage, perform at an evangelical conference he founded.<p>Underwood's presence at Passion 2017 didn't sit well with Wesley Wildmon, outreach director for the American …

Jewish art challenges the taboo of Jesus

By Ruth Eglash<p>Ruth Eglash<p>Reporter covering Israel and the Palestinian territories<p>Email Bio Follow<p>JERUSALEM — At the center of the Israel Museum’s newest art exhibit stands an imposing, life-size marble figure of Jesus. The sculpture, titled “Christ Before the People’s Court,” would not be out of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy

The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior.<p>What is happening to America’s white working class?<p>The group’s important, and perhaps decisive, role in this year’s presidential election sparked a slew of commentary focused on, on …

The irony behind the Christian celebration of Advent

When I told a friend I was writing about “Advent and irony” he suggested that would be a good name for a rock band or a bar.<p>How can Christianity, and …

The story of Jesus' birth inspires contemporary joy in TeCo Theatrical's 'Black Nativity' at Bishop Arts Theatre

TeCo Theatrical Productions has come up with a spirited solution to an old problem inherent in Langston Hughes' <i>Black Nativity</i>, a gospel-infused …

The Guardian view on Christianity in Britain: neither here nor there | Editorial

Britain struggles with the uneasy legacy of the much more religious country it once was<p>Something very strange is going on. The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission feels he must tell employers it is OK to celebrate Christmas, and that this will not offend unbelievers. The prime …

Reclaiming 'Evangelical' In A Trump Presidency

One of the most consequential statistics of the presidential election is that more than 80 percent of white, "evangelical" Christians supported Donald Trump. From Florida to the Rust Belt states of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the votes of those who self-identify as evangelical formed the core …

Confessing Jesus Is a Revolutionary Thing to Do

A paradigm is a mental model about how things are or how they work. Until recently (in historical terms), almost all humans held a mental model in which the earth was the center of the cosmos and around it the sun and stars moved in their orbits. Copernicus suggested that this was a false paradigm, …