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Meet the clergy who stared down white supremacists in Charlottesville

Asked what it was like to march through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, evangelical author and FreedomRoad.us founder Lisa …

Black Lives Matter

The ‘greatest film-maker who ever lived’

It’s not right that the Swedish master 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 picture …

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 …

Weddings

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 …

Catholicism

Pope Francis: remarks at Good Friday Via crucis

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over the <i>Via crucis</i> at the Colosseum in Rome on the evening of Good Friday. In keeping with tradition, he …

Christianity

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

“You know the heart of the stranger, because you were strangers in a strange land” is the Jewish tradition’s most repeated injunction.<p>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 slavery and …

A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked

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 legs are swollen, …

Health Care

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President Donald Trump signed his second attempt at a Muslim ban on Monday, altering parts of the original executive order but maintaining most of …

Religion

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

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 place in a church in Rome.<p>Yet in this depiction, the Christian savior wears a Jewish skullcap.<p>The …

Israel

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 …

Equality

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 …

Faith

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

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 …

Faith

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, …

C.S. Lewis

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In early October, Time.com published a story accusing InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA — a campus organization that runs evangelical student …

LGBTQ

InterVarsity's Move on Gay Marriage

A national campus fellowship network told employees they can be fired for their beliefs on LGBT relationships.<p>As America becomes increasingly accepting of same-sex marriage, many conservative Christians have feared that their stand on gay marriage could cost them their reputations or even their …

Religion

Tolls rises as Haiti digs out from Hurricane Matthew

JEREMIE, Haiti (AP) — People across southwest Haiti were digging through the wreckage of their homes Friday, salvaging what they could of their meager possessions after devastating Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people and created a new crisis for the impoverished country.<p>Aid has begun …

Natural Disasters

Church Defends Pastor/HS Football Announcer Who Said National Anthem Protesters Should Be Executed – Friendly Atheist

Earlier today, we posted about a disturbing comment allegedly made by McKenzie High School football announcer <b>Allen Joyner</b> before last night’s game. …

Religion

Progressive Evangelicals: Who We Are And What We Believe

There's a story in three of the four gospels where Jesus stages a protest in the temple during Passover. He releases the animals that were being sold for sacrifice, he overturns the moneychanging tables, and he rebukes the merchants for taking advantage of the poor.<p>The story ends with Jesus …

Faith

'Christian' College Gives Heave-Ho To Professor For Supporting LGBT People

So my old alma mater is getting rid of yet another tenured faculty member who doesn't bend to its narrow understanding of Christianity and dares to publicly support LGBT people.<p>Gordon College, in Wenham, Mass., has been in the news the last couple of years because its president, D. Michael Lindsay, …

LGBTQ

“God prepared my heart to respond that way,” says U.S. runner who helped rival

Abbey D'Agostino credits her faith as the driving force behind her athletic career<p>After colliding into a fellow runner during a 5,000-meter …

Faith

“True Sadness” and Christianity After Religion: Where the Avett Brothers’ Meets Diana Butler Bass:

I went for a run yesterday in north Minnesota by one of its thousand-plus lakes; it was a fine occasion for my debut hearing of the Avett Brothers …

Spirituality