By: Robert Parham
On Feb. 1, the question everyone is asking will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity?
By: Ircel Harrison
Teaching children about religion helps them understand the positive and negative ways in which all faiths have impacted culture and the world we live in today.
By: Martin Accad
The Muhammad cartoon contest provides one more example that anti-Muslim voices seek to provoke conflict and violence. The church needs prophetic voices to stand against this destructive tide.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, a study says. Meanwhile, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated will decrease.
By: Philip Jenkins
Centuries ago, the Japanese government decided that Christianity was a menace to national security that had to be rooted out. Japanese Christianity largely vanished from official view.
By: Philip Jenkins
This year marks a singularly grim anniversary in Christian history. It's exactly 400 years since the start of the horrific persecution that destroyed the once flourishing church in Japan.
The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Through the Door, on faith and prisons.
In two of 2012's most media-covered sermons, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for peace. Their messages also contained a defense of Christianity.
The EthicsDaily.com documentary Gospel Without Borders screened at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012. This page accumulates resources related to the event.
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
While the majority of the world's Christians still live in the Americas and Europe, Christianity has seen strong growth in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, a new report says.
Come November, voters will choose between an African-American Christian and a Northeastern Mormon. It's a choice that honors Article Six of our Constitution.
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) When Rebecca Hensler's infant son died in 2009, she received numerous condolences from friends, colleagues and even total strangers.
Continuing its trend away from civil discourse, Newsweek's recent cover story focused on the fear-based narrative that Christians are the victims of a global war against them by Muslims.
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
Christians eager to condemn Islam as a religion that spreads itself through warfare should be reminded that Christians often have ignored Jesus' teaching in order to justify war.
Britain's prime minister created a stir when he asserted in a speech that Britain was a Christian nation. He's right at one level. Britain is culturally Christian.
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called Palestinians an invented people, but is that so bad? In some respects, Christmas, the United States and even Christianity are inventions.
(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century according to a new report.
History reveals sufficient evidence to condemn all three Abrahamic faiths for resorting to violence. Despite these shortcomings, all three share a common hope for peace.
(RNS) In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “Lojong” is the practice of training one’s mind to be clearer and more compassionate.
(RNS) Does European Christendom need Christianity to survive?
TRONDHEIM (RNS/ENInews) A Norwegian bishop said his country has “countered this insane terrorism by demonstrating love and solidarity.”
The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Gospel Without Borders
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The bygone staple of the tent revival will be reincarnated on a bucolic North Carolina farm as The Wild Goose Festival.
(RNS) Are Christianity and capitalism a marriage made in heaven, as some conservatives believe?
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement.
(RNS) When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits.
(RNS) More Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of being “truly American,” researchers say.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) They hope future generations of Greek, Serbian, Russian and other ethnic faithful will all worship together in a single American church.
(RNS) Albertina Walker died Friday (Oct. 8) at the age of 81.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith-based organizations are teaming up with secular and progressive groups for this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
(RNS) “The Big Book” initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience.
Christianity has suffered hard losses in Britain. Churches are emptier, and young people harder to influence. While the church may die in its present form, it will be reborn in a new one.
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
How did the essence of Christianity get lost amid a quagmire of detailed doctrines and beliefs? It's easier to have a battle for the Bible than it is to love and serve one another in the way of Jesus.
Acts of violence in the name of creed, or deeply held theological positions, are not monopolized by the Islamic faith. Our own Judeo-Christian tradition has its share of violence in the name of God.
Some people wonder whether God exists. Others struggle with why He allows suffering. But did you ever think life would be far less aggravating if we did not have to take God into account?
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
Radicals in Islam and Christianity want us to distrust one another and each other's faith. Will the more moderate voices among us take a stand to keep the radicals at bay?
Guess what week this is. You probably don't know, but you wouldn't be alone. It's the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. While it's been observed for the last century, few celebrate it.
(RNS) The University of California has the right to reject courses taught at Christian high schools.
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
After three men firebombed an Islamic center in Tennessee, Christians and Jews reached out to help the Muslim community. Such goodwill counters the hype in certain media that focus on what divides these faiths.
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."
Eight years ago, religion was misused to validate violence. Today, Christian and Muslim leaders are seeking common ground around the common word found in both their faith traditions – love for neighbor.
The greatest reason I am a progressive Christian is Jesus' message of transformation that leads me to deny myself, take up my cross and follow him in self-giving service to others.
Once you designate yourself as a member of a particular religion, you are to some extent lumped into a larger stereotype of that religion that is mostly known by the bad representatives of that religion.
Western Christianity has turned the cross into a symbol of political power. For the earliest followers of Jesus, however, the cross was an internal symbol of faithfulness to the radical virtues of Jesus.
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
Jesus’ encounter with a hemorrhaging woman is a lesson for the church. If we haven’t felt a power loss, do we deserve to be called the Body of Christ?
As Christians and Muslims increasingly live side by side, the tension between the two mission-focused faiths is inevitable. That's why the guidelines prepared by the Christian Muslim Forum are a valuable resource for interaction.
Torture happens in the New Testament, but its something that the bad guys do to the good guys. It is not something the good guys do to the bad guys. Why do so many of Christ's followers condone torture? And what will we reap?
We have been raised in a society where it has long been assumed that religion and power go together. But, as a new survey suggests, the church’s days as the hub of power in society may be numbered. That may not be so bad.
Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia thinks God's name should be plastered everywhere, but seemingly hasn't discovered that printing words like "In God We Trust" or calling prayer meetings in public halls has little redemptive power. (Photo: U.S. Congress)
When the Ottoman Empire was an expansionistic power, threatening Christian-dominated Europe, a little-known Baptist layman advocated religious liberty for Muslims to the king of England, who was no friend of religious diversity.
A survey revealed that the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Christians is declining. That may be a positive step. There's a huge difference between wearing a Christian label and living a Christian life.
Is America a Christian nation? When President Obama shared his view, we heard polarizing responses from both sides. However, as one columnist wrote, to claim America is a Christian nation is "a heresy, a historical error and a blunder."
"Cities of Light" is a 47-minute documentary showing how Islamic Spain bloomed—as a result of interfaith cooperation, the documentary argues—while Europe lay in the Dark Ages. (Photo: Unity Productions Foundation)
Sixty years ago, Christians constituted more than 25 percent of the overall Palestinian population in the Holy Land. Today, those numbers have dwindled alarmingly, due largely to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
On an Easter Sunday 40-plus years ago, I attended two Christian worship services in Thailand. One was typically Southern Baptist and felt like home. The other was less formal and in keeping with the Thai culture.
An Episcopal priest was defrocked recently for wanting to remain a Muslim. In our live-and-let-live culture, some may see this as a sensitivity issue. However, placing Christianity and Islam in a blender to make a spiritual smoothie does violence to both.
Fewer Americans claiming to be Christian may reflect a move away from church politics and denominationalism. Despite the downward trend, two economists say a return to faith is near and will be good for business.
When Paul says every knee ought to bow, it's not as a ritual of religious homage. It's a physical act that serves as an ethical symbol of the way one is choosing to live one's own life as we serve others before ourselves.
The most consistent theme of conservative Christianity is the concept of a personal relationship with Jesus. In the larger Christian tradition, however, the community matters as much if not more than the individuals within it.
The number of Americans who describe themselves as having no religious affiliation has doubled since 1990 and reflects 20 percent of those living on the West Coast and 22 percent in the New England states.
Evangelicalism's fall is blamed on its overt identification with the political right and its insufficient roots in genuine faith.
Some people become churchaholics, going to four or five meetings a week for church-related events. Some feel compelled to do this. Others feel it’s their calling. Some attend out of guilt.
The baptisms were the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated.
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
Serious times call for serious people, and it's hard to imagine more serious times than these. War in Afghanistan is going badly (read the history books, and you will realise that the only non-Afghan who could not have written that sentence was Alexander the Great).
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will lead a service of dedication for the new Baptism Center in Jordan at its official opening on March 20, 2009.