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A big loss for moderate evangelicalism

I didn’t know Michael Cromartie well, but I knew him well enough to value who he was and what he stood for. The longtime vice president of the Ethics …

How the State Department Has Sidelined Religion's Role in Diplomacy | Religion & Politics

(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) Shaun Casey, the former U.S. State Department Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, center, stands with …

Christians are part of the same dating pool as everyone else. That’s bad for the church.

There have always been forces that have pulled marriages apart. But it is the forces that push people together that are growing increasingly rare.<p>Social reinforcement of marriage from sources such as the workplace, the law, entertainment and the education system is fading rapidly or has collapsed …

Religion

I was told depression doesn't exist in Islam

I was raised in a Muslim home in the suburbs of outer London, in a family where religion was always important. As a child I was told that depression …

Angela Merkel defends refugee policy, says Islam belongs to Germany

By: IANS | Berlin |<p>Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party waves following the start …

At Indian offices, top executives are using religion and spirituality to make ethical decisions

Can religion and spirituality promote ethical behaviour in the workplace?<p>It’s a contentious issue, but our research comprising interviews with 40 Indian top level executives suggests it might.<p>We found that virtues embedded within the various traditions of religion and spirituality (Hinduism, …

Spirituality

Desperate Rohingya Flee Myanmar Crackdown in Growing Numbers, U.N. Says

HONG KONG — At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as a military crackdown has destroyed villages and killed hundreds.<p>In recent days, a constant stream of desperate people has marched through …

Asia

Trump Ends DACA, Despite Pleas from Evangelical Advisers

Just days after President Donald Trump met with evangelical leaders to discuss the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals …

All the president’s clergymen: A close look at Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ ties with evangelicals

WASHINGTON (RNS) — RNS interviews with key participants suggest that a cadre of conservative Christian religious leaders has the ear of the …

Religion

Mosque's men only prayer canceled amid exclusion complaints

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-area mosque says its planned service on one of the holiest days on the Islamic calendar was canceled at the eleventh hour after the host hotel received complaints about the men-only gathering.<p>The Masjid Al Rahma said in a statement on its Facebook page Thursday that it would …

2nd New Mexico Christian sect leader accused of child abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another leader of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations was arrested Wednesday, …

This is What It’s Like to Be a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia

World Religion News<p>Posted by Gary Nguyen<p>Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses struggle to keep their faith and worship.<p>The current Russia ruled by Putin is an …

Magic school in Brazil offers classes in potions, witchcraft to wannabe wizards

At a castle, a werewolf growls in a cage while a wizard casts spells to try to calm the beast down. Not to worry -- it’s just a normal day at …

Family imprisoned, tortured for fleeing North Korea - and for their Christian faith

<i>As North Korea’s missile testing focuses world attention on Kim Jong-un’s regime, one woman’s story shows how harshly families are treated when they</i> …

El Paso bishop joins Catholic educators in fighting to save DACA

On Tuesday, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas joined with 1,300 Catholic educators to issue what they called a “moral mandate” to preserve the …

Immigration

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change

A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach<p>Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant …

Climate

Technology Is Changing Hajj

World Religion News<p>Posted by Kelly Frazier<p>By Al Jazeera English [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons<p>An increasing number of pilgrims are reaping …

Nigerian clergy demand compensation for churches destroyed by Boko Haram

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Religious leaders in Nigeria are renewing and amplifying their call for the government to pay compensation for the destruction …

Evensong sees a surge even as British church attendance declines

LONDON (RNS) — The line of locals and tourists stretches about 400 people long, and one might think they are waiting to get into a play, a museum or …

God, Guns, and Oil

One of the first things that Richard Parks learned after moving into South Central Los Angeles is that Bible studies and liquor stores don’t mix.<p>In …

Pastors arrested in Sudan as government moves to take over church

<b>Police in Sudan arrested and interrogated seven church leaders last week in Omdurman, Sudan before releasing them on bail, sources said.</b><p>The <b>Christian</b> …

From hypebeast to hypepriest: why the church is embracing streetwear

Can T-shirts, hoodies and sports socks inspired by God – and worn by Justin Bieber – help to win disciples?<p>Think of church merchandise and you will likely think of mugs decorated with stained glass windows or key chains with bible quotes, sold in a dusty gift shop. But things have changed: for the …

Justin Bieber

After 500 Years, Reformation-Era Divisions Have Lost Much of Their Potency

Illustration of a small crowd gathered to watch as Martin Luther directs the posting of his 95 theses, protesting the practice of the sale of …

'Deeply Worrying' Fears Around Muslims And Islam Revealed In Damning Report

Nigel Farage has 'real space' to launch populist political party.<p>Britons’ attitudes towards Muslims and Islam have “worsened” with more than half of …

Violence in Myanmar Pushes at Least 18,500 Rohingya Into Bangladesh

The number of Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since border clashes erupted five days ago has reached at least 18,500, the United Nations’ International Office of Migration said on Wednesday.<p>Thousands more are unable to cross the border, …

Asia

TAJIKISTAN: Conscientious objector's military trial imminent - 31 August 2017

The trial appears imminent at Qurghonteppa Military Court in Khatlon Region of 18-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Daniil Islamov. …

Rabbinical court rules against Jewish marriage rites for Messianic Jews

The complexity of the case required the involvement of the deputy president of the court together with two senior rabbinical judges.<p>Two messianic …

Religion At State Expense

Religion

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers in Limbo

Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Screenshot from a YouTube video by Siddharth Kannan.In India, a vast number of ‘gurus’ (teachers) and …

India

Why aren't Uyghur Muslims in China allowed to go to Hajj?

As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination.<p>As we celebrate the …