By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.
By: Martin Brooks
Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?
By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?
By: Jon Kuhrt
History shows us that religion often leads to violence, no matter how much we might want to deny it. And however twisted and warped, it is theology that has helped form the worldview of these killers.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The Middle East Consultation equips participants to respond to the challenges facing Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians don't appreciate the diversity that exists among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, says the author of a book on Christian-Muslim relationships in a Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com.
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."
(RNS) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese Tebow."
(RNS) The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said they do not support the development of a Christian political party.
LONDON (RNS) Britain's media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.
WASHINGTON (RNS) White mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable.
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting.
(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh.
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report.
As a new of religious violence moved across Nigeria, some Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous nation have exchanged sharp rhetoric while others called for peace.
(RNS) As Christmas nears, more than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christopher Hitchens will be remembered as many things: an acerbic essayist, connoisseur of Scotch and cigarettes and roguish writer.
(RNS) Lowe’s has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Say the word “interfaith” and the next word to roll off the tongue is probably “dialogue.” It’s hard to think of one without the other.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians.
(RNS) Why do young Christians leave the church?
(RNS) Jews, Muslims and their allies cheered as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting all local bans on circumcision.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
LONDON (RNS) British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E.
CHICAGO (RNS) Social deals are going spiritual. A growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Irrigating from a rain barrel saves water that would otherwise come from a municipal water system.
(RNS) When congregants of West Side Church awoke in June to news that their churches had been vandalized, they expected to be frustrated.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a federal lawsuit to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law.
(RNS) A proposed circumcision ban will not appear on San Francisco’s citywide ballot in November, a Superior Court judge tentatively ruled.
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
(RNS) Jack Van Impe has ended his decades-long run on TBN after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.
(RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Robert Bentley twice referred to Jews as his “brothers and sisters” during a Holocaust remembrance event.
WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jews and evangelicals need a formal mechanism to discuss their differences and similarities on support for Israel.
MANILA, Philippines (RNS/ENInews) Filipino church leaders are divided over a proposal to give the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial.
(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots.
(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent.”
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jewish people were not responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion, and their descendants have not inherited blame for his death.
CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Professors have filed suit to stop a school prayer luncheon headlined by a speaker who calls himself a “U.S. Marine for Christ.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics are unsatisfied with new policies intended to prevent future controversies.
Following a church bombing that killed 23 and injured 80 and a shooting that killed one and injured five, Egypt is becoming a "very dark" place for Christians, according to a Baptist minister.
(RNS) A Chinese Christian should be given another chance after a judge thought the man couldn’t answer “basic questions” about Christianity.
LONDON (RNS) A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans has been officially banned from Britain.
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said that people who aren’t “saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Egypt recalled its ambassador to protest a demand by Pope Benedict XVI that it better protect the country’s embattled Christian minority.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
An extremist Islamic organization took credit for multiple attacks in Nigeria on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of a Baptist pastor and the burning of Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri.
(RNS) Christians and atheists are fighting again—this time over who can raise more money for charity.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called limits on religious freedom a “threat to security and peace,” and said Christians are persecuted more than any other faith group.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The vast majority of Protestant pastors think former President George W. Bush is a Christian, but not Obama.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christians are biting mad that an app for their manifesto has been plucked from Apple’s store.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
(RNS) Why do so many churches have such a hard time with Jesus' command to visit the prisoner?
(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center should be built farther away from Ground Zero.
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) Leaders have called for a group that can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens.
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) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey showed that 41 percent of non-Christian cadets face unwanted proselytizing.
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Jones held the keys to his Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group.
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
(RNS) The Florida pastor could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies.
(RNS) Muslim Americans and their allies have found an unexpected reason to smile.
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
(RNS) The Massachusetts Bible Society said it would give away two Qurans for every one burned.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) World Christian leaders are paying tribute to the ecumenical Taize community in eastern France.
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
(RNS/ENInews) The IAM has rejected Taliban claims that 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point.
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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.
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.
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."
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
Church leaders in New Zealand have issued an open letter calling on all politicians to make reducing poverty a high priority during an election year.
Two speakers—one Muslim and the other Christian—raised similar questions about being American at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North American, held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, questions that found parallel expressions throughout the gathering attended by a reported 30,000 Muslims and a delegation of nine Baptists.
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
A decade or so ago David Jeselsohn, an Israeli-Swiss antiquities collector, bought a three-foot tall stone tablet inscribed with 87 lines of Hebrew text. Mr. Jesesohn didn't know exactly what he had, but when he invited an Israeli archeologist to examine it interest in the tablet grew.
People from 13 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia took part in a June 16-20 Middle East Conference at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, just weeks after the worst violence since the nation's 1975-1990 civil war threatened to force its cancellation.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro and I are collaborating on a book in progress exploring the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.
Christians have an obligation to reject negative attitudes and false assumptions about immigrants, in part because their Savior was an alien in Egypt, Christian ethicist and EthicsDaily.com columnist Miguel De La Torre said in a Friday lecture at Belmont University.
Erick Prince, founder of Blackwater, testified last fall before the House Oversight and Government reform committee concerning his company's activities in Iraq. Steeped in conservative Christian traditions, the Prince dynasty has deep Republican roots whose fortunes were freely spent to support religious causes like James Dobson's Focus on the Family or provide seed money for the Family Research Council, ran by former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
The topic of Baptist-Jewish relations is up-close and personal for me. In 1984, while living near Chicago, teaching university music and serving on a church staff, I was invited to become temple soloist at Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Ind. I had no idea what a lifelong relationship of love and faith with Jewish people would follow.
The Christmas Season has once again come and gone. Presents have been opened and exchanged, decorations have been stored for another year, and resolutions have been made to start the New Year. The ever-familiar Christmas story lives on in our hearts and minds, narrating for us the incarnation of God into the world in the person of Jesus. Yet, while we celebrate and retell the story with feelings of warmth and comfort, from its beginning to its end the story is a narrative about the rejection of Jesus as a stranger and alien in a foreign land.
Recently, someone who had visited The American Muslim site sent me an e-mail with links to a couple of articles and asking me to explain why all the violence in the world involved Muslims.
As I was leaving the Opryland Hotel at the end of my volunteer shift at the 76th annual general assembly of the United Jewish Communities, an elderly man walking with his wife stopped me to ask why there were so many people wearing kippot (yarmulkes). Pointing to my kipah he said, "For a moment I thought I was in Israel."
The Christmas season has arrived again and the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush will occupy our time and thoughts over the coming weeks. Yet, another event is beginning to seek our attention that will captivate our minds for the next year; the 2008 presidential election.
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a minority of Christian leaders protested the preemptive war. Among them were bishops of the United Methodist Church, President Bush's church. Many Christian denominations chose to remain silent.
An American Internet evangelist entered a fray over a UK teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad with a YouTube video featuring a stuffed pig named for the Muslim prophet.
The Baptist Center for Ethics today announced pre-release orders for "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships with Jews," a DVD documenting past anti-Semitism and proposing a way forward for constructive partnerships between Baptists and Jews.
Instead of using God as a political wedge, American Christians ought to pray to be used by God, says Tim Alexander, a Church of Christ minister in Nashville, Tenn.
The Old Testament story of Jonah is more than a fairy tale about a man being swallowed by a whale, and even more than an evangelical call to preach the gospel to those in foreign lands, but instead a model for reconciliation between the haves and the have-nots, says a new book.
"I can't vote for a Democrat," a man once told me. "I'm a Christian." He spoke these two labels as if they were a set of antonyms. He could not grasp my attempts to explain that one label referred to a religion while the other referred to a political party. Some preacher had told him that all Christians are Republicans, and he had accepted this factoid without thinking.
In the late 1970s, I was a not-yet-30-year-old pastor with four or five years of grassroots ordained experience under my belt. I was serving a congregation of fewer than 50 members in south-central Los Angeles, in a converted restaurant located in a community whose racial makeup was rapidly transitioning. Whites had long since made their flight from the economically declining neighborhood to points westward, seeking enclaves of homogeneity.
Religious communities across the nation said prayers for both their brethren in the line of fire and all victims of wildfires raging across southern California, while ministering to those in need.
Time was when a vacationing Baptist could drop in on any church in the South and pick up a copy of the same Sunday school quarterly used back home. Today, more churches have ceased shopping exclusively at the company store, turning to a variety of publishers and formats catered to the needs and interests of their classes.
His momma read him Bible stories at bed time and rocked him to sleep singing the old hymn "In the Garden." He gave his life to Christ at age 8 and walked where Jesus did at age 9. Thirty-years later, he stood on the banks of the Jordan River as three of his own sons professed faith and were baptized. His wife's name is Angel. He is pro-life, pro-prayer, pro-Bible literacy and pro-guns. He's a Southern Baptist running for office.
Heading into a major forum this weekend for "values voters," Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee complained that some Christian leaders haven't endorsed him because they "are more intoxicated with power than principle."
Having served as a pastor now for over 30 years, I have seen every sort of outreach gimmick you can imagine. Churches have been willing to do almost anything to get people into church, especially young people.
Let's face it: Global migrations in the 21st century will not disappear just because of wishful thinking.
Lebanese Christians are divided with factions stockpiling weapons and preparing for a civil war, according to a New York Times article last week.
The National Council of Churches, America's leading ecumenical group, charted a new course by selecting a long-time educator and ecumenical leader to head a newly restructured and downsized organization.
An ethics professor says all Christians in the United States are "guest workers" with an allegiance to God that supersedes national or political loyalties.