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Christian Think Tank: Religion, Well-Being Linked
Christian Think Tank: Religion, Well-Being Linked

By: Kira Taylor
Compiling and comparing nearly 140 academic studies, a Christian think tank has concluded there's overwhelming evidence of a positive correlation between what people believe and how it affects their health.

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U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion Declines Again: Gallup
U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion Declines Again: Gallup

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Confidence in organized religion, which saw a record low of 42 percent last year, declined for the fourth consecutive year to reach a new low of 41 percent, Gallup says. An 11-percent drop since 2006.

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Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?
Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?

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?

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Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society
Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society

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.

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Racism's Roots Found in Prejudices Learned at Home
Racism's Roots Found in Prejudices Learned at Home

By: Larry Coleman
The toxic racism that's torn at our nation has its roots in prejudice, a more subtle part of our worldview. To eradicate racism, we must first deal with the prejudices learned in our own homes.

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U.S. Confidence in Religious Institutions at All-Time Low
U.S. Confidence in Religious Institutions at All-Time Low

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With the exception of the military and small businesses, confidence in every major U.S. institution polled below historic averages, a new Gallup survey says. Guess who garnered the least confidence?

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3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents
3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents

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.

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Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally
Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

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.

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Survey: Public Trust in Many U.S. Institutions Declines
Survey: Public Trust in Many U.S. Institutions Declines
By: EthicsDaily Staff
While there hasn't been a decline each year, confidence in organized religion has been on a downward trajectory overall since 1975. The latest results of Gallup's annual survey are the second lowest.
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Yes, Even Baptists Have a Liturgical Calendar
Yes, Even Baptists Have a Liturgical Calendar
By: Larry Coleman
Baptists have their own informal liturgical calendar. The more you embed your life in the Christian calendar, the more meaningful the gospel will become. It's an invitation to experience all of Christ repeatedly.
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How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed – Part 2
How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed – Part 2
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.
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How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed – Part 1
How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed – Part 1
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.
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Helping Your Church Catch Lent Requires Slow Effort
Helping Your Church Catch Lent Requires Slow Effort

By: Larry Coleman
If it took the ancient church a century to birth Lenten practices, realize you aren't going to make it all happen in your church this March. Here are a few ways to slowly introduce Lenten liturgies.

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Regular Worship Visits Linked to Lower Crime Levels
Regular Worship Visits Linked to Lower Crime Levels
By: Baptist Times Staff
People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to be involved in low-level crime and delinquency, including shoplifting, illegal drug use and music piracy, a British study said.
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Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America
Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America "Firsts"
The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night. Learn about this and other Miss America firsts in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Beauty Pageants, Religion
Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Beauty Pageants, Religion
What's the relationship between religion and beauty pageants? An assistant professor and doctoral candidate shares her thoughts in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
Minority Scholars Draw Strength Sharing Their Stories
The first-ever gathering of a group of minority scholars was a chance to share stories of oppression in the hopes of working toward restoration, justice and reconciliation.
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"Through the Door"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Through the Door, on faith and prisons.

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Do Science and Religion Have to be At Odds?
Do Science and Religion Have to be At Odds?
Some people fear that modern science has issued orders that, if we complied with them, would shutter our churches. Science and religion, however, can work hand in hand.
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Religion is Alive and Well in the U.S.
Religion is Alive and Well in the U.S.
If you worry about religion's future in the U.S., you can relax. It's a brave new world for religious Americans, especially for those still connected to the church and its faith tradition.
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Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
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.
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Will We Offer Healing to Society's Disenfranchised?
Will We Offer Healing to Society's Disenfranchised?
The weak and broken in spirit among us have been pushed to the fringe and reappear as walking landmines, exploding from Tucson to Newtown. We must offer wholeness and healing.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Screening in Charlotte

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.

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During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
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.
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Christianity Is Largest Faith Group, Shifts South
Christianity Is Largest Faith Group, Shifts South
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.
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Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
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.
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Is Media Coverage of Religion Too Sensationalized?
Is Media Coverage of Religion Too Sensationalized?
As media personnel cover religion, blah and bland religious events and reported-on ideas produce yawns. Abuse scandals, tribal wars, embezzlements and wild religious ideas typically make the news.
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Religious Rhetoric's Volume Goes Up in Elections
Religious Rhetoric's Volume Goes Up in Elections
While religious talk and symbolism is abundant in an election year, they offer little chance for citizens to think clearly or deeply about issues that should concern them.
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10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
Latino evangelicals, anti-Muslim fear, and Mormon leaders avoiding electoral politics are among the 10 issues where religion may affect this year's elections. What are the others?
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President Obama’s Five Most Personal Religious Statements
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.
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Grief Without God Is a Challenge for Nonbelievers
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) When Rebecca Hensler's infant son died in 2009, she received numerous condolences from friends, colleagues and even total strangers.
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Newsweek Feeds Fear
Newsweek Feeds Fear
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.
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Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
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Poll: Preachy Politicians Turn Off Many Voters
(RNS) If there's one thing the fractious Republican field agrees on, it's that personal religious devotion is central to their campaign message.
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When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
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.
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Religious Leaders: Same-sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom
(RNS) A coalition of nearly 40 religious leaders has published an open letter that seeks to recast the battle against same-sex marriage as a fight for religious freedom.
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Prime Minister: Britain's a Christian Country
Prime Minister: Britain's a Christian Country
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.
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2011: A Year of Taking It to the Streets
(RNS) 2011 was supposed to be the year the world ended. Twice.
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United States and Christianity – Authentic Inventions
United States and Christianity – Authentic Inventions
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.
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Report Shows Christianity Shifting to Africa
(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century according to a new report.
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Bin Laden’s Death Rated Top Religion News Story
(RNS) The death of Osama bin Laden and the reactions it produced among people of faith was rated the No. 1 religion news story of 2011.
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D.C. Pastor to Lead Democrats’ Faith Outreach
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
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Film Explores Shifting Debate over Evolution
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
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Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
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.
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Poll: Americans Are Tolerant of Other Faiths—Except Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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American Politics More Religious than American Voters
The country has grown less religious since the 1970s, while frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or support the Tea Party, according to recent studies.
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A Soundtrack for Your Inner Dude
(RNS) In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “Lojong” is the practice of training one’s mind to be clearer and more compassionate.
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A `Christian’ Europe Without Christianity
(RNS) Does European Christendom need Christianity to survive?
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Norway’s Churches Try to Foster Healing after Attacks
TRONDHEIM (RNS/ENInews) A Norwegian bishop said his country has “countered this insane terrorism by demonstrating love and solidarity.”
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"Gospel Without Borders"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Gospel Without Borders

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Maybe "The Least of These" Need a Good Lobbyist
Many different voices in U.S. society are calling for protection for the individual, rather than seeking what's good for the community. Why is the voice of social justice barely a whisper amid the current clatter?
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As Candidates Run for Office, Some Run from Their Church
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
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Liberals Angry After Congressman’s God Comments
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (RNS) A congressman is catching flak from some liberals for saying last week that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”
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Left-leaning Christians to Rally around Wild Goose
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.
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Oregon Strips Faith-healing Parents of Legal Defenses
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) There is a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing.
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Americans See Room to Disagree but Remain Faithful to Religion
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans say it is possible to disagree with their religion’s teachings and still remain in good standing with their faith.
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Bob Dylan’s Religious Mystique Endures
(RNS) Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll—at least by those who forgave him for “going electric.”
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After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer, just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law.
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Churches Form Circle of Protection Around Poor
(RNS) Christian leaders have formed a “Circle of Protection” against U.S. cuts to poverty-fighting programs.
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Poll: Americans See Clash Between Values of Christianity, Capitalism
(RNS) Are Christianity and capitalism a marriage made in heaven, as some conservatives believe?
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Report: Ambassador Spends too Much Time on Religion
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta has spent “considerable time” writing on topics beyond the mission of his office.
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British Astrophysicist Wins Templeton Prize
(RNS) A British theoretical astrophysicist has won the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize.
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Churches Press Obama to Reengage on Middle East
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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A Close Look at The Divine Mandate
Religion does not exist to make people more religious. God's light calls us to focus on living with justice, compassion, and humility.
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Miracle Detectives on the Hunt for Answers
(RNS) Dirt at an ancient holy site in Chimayo, N.M. reputedly cures a woman’s rare bone cancer.
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Obama’s Eulogy Invokes Spirit of Black Church, Reinhold Niebuhr
WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon.
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Religious Profile of 112th Congress Remains Stable
WASHINGTON (RNS) The midterm elections did little to alter the religious composition of Capitol Hill.
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Survey: Typical Atheist is White Son of Religious Parents
WASHINGTON (RNS) The typical member of a fast-growing atheist association is a highly educated, married white male who grew up with religious parents.
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For Year’s Top Religion Stories, a Major Case of Deja Vu
(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
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Half of Americans say Obama Holds Different Religious Values
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama faces significant challenges on how Americans perceive his religious faith.
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Churches to Mark 100th Anniversary of Ecumenical Movement
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement.
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Pope Says Science Can Unite Humans with God
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.
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Christianity’s Contributions Mostly Negative, Americans Say
(RNS) When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits.
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Study: More Link Christian Faith to Being American
(RNS) More Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of being “truly American,” researchers say.
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Utah Meeting Seeks to Unify Orthodox Christians
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.
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"Glee" Gets Religious
Fox's TV sensation "Glee" does what few TV shows have done before: Air an episode that engages religious dialogue. (Photo: Fox Broadcasting)
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Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker Dead at 81
(RNS) Albertina Walker died Friday (Oct. 8) at the age of 81.
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 Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
It's clear that most Americans have an insular faith. On a pop quiz of religious knowledge, people who identified themselves as atheists and agnostics scored better than anyone who identified with a particular faith.
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Religious Groups Join Progressives’ March
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith-based organizations are teaming up with secular and progressive groups for this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
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Three Ways Religion Can Become Meaningful Again
Three Ways Religion Can Become Meaningful Again
Religious leaders like the pope may blame outside factors for the marginalization of religion, but religion has successfully marginalized itself. Here are three suggestions to turn that around.
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RNA Honors Top Religion Reporting
DENVER (RNS) Religion reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times won top honors at the RNA's annual awards competition.
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Is the Christian Church in Britain on its Deathbed?
Is the Christian Church in Britain on its Deathbed?
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.
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AA Co-founder Scaled Back References to God in Training Manual
(RNS) “The Big Book” initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience.
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Russia’s Prisons Look to Faiths to Bring Moral Guidance
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian prisons are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
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Confusion Surrounds Meeting Between Fla. Pastor, N.Y. Imam
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
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Anglican Head Rebuts Famous Scientist on God’s Role in Big Bang
LONDON (RNS) Williams has flatly dismissed Hawking’s claim that gravity was responsible for creating the universe.
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Atheist Group to Raise Funds for Religious Charity
(RNS) An atheist foundation that seeks to foster charitable giving among nonbelievers is encouraging members to donate to a religious charity.
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Religious Groups Push Action on Prison Rape
WASHINGTON (RNS) Marilyn Shirley was raped in 2000 by a guard at the Texas prison where she was serving time.
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Fight over N.Y. Mosque Becomes a Partisan Wedge issue for Obama, GOP
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
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Two Kinds of Christianity: Which Do You Follow?
Two Kinds of Christianity: Which Do You Follow?
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.
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Religious Groups Press for CIA Torture Probe
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious organizations are calling for an investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation.
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Princeton Review Names Most, Least Religious Campuses
(RNS) BYU was named the nation’s most religious campus, and Sarah Lawrence College the least religious, in new rankings.
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Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
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.
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The Trouble With God? It's Not What You Think.
The Trouble With God? It's Not What You Think.
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?
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
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.)
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Infant Religion: Threat to Common Good
Infant Religion: Threat to Common Good
Mature Christianity can be a global force for good, greatly contributing to a flourishing life on earth. Unfortunately, much of Christianity is stuck at an infant level and has the potential to harm.
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Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
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?
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Why Many Churches Forget About Christian Unity
Why Many Churches Forget About Christian Unity
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.
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University Can Reject Christian Courses, Calif. Court Rules
(RNS) The University of California has the right to reject courses taught at Christian high schools.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
A recent survey claims that religious faith has declined sharply in Britain over the last two decades. Before bemoaning the evaporation of the Christian faith, here's another perspective to consider.
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After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
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.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
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.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
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.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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Gated Community? Religion Often Decides Who's In and Out
Gated Community? Religion Often Decides Who's In and Out
Societies create borders at all levels to keep others at a distance. Perhaps the most entrenched borders we find in human existence are those established by religions.
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Do-It-Yourself Americans Build Their Own Religion
Do-It-Yourself Americans Build Their Own Religion
A survey on Americans' spirituality reveals we can be do-it-yourselfers. Some are spiritual but not religious. More than a third are less religious than their parents. And 9 percent have found their own psychic powers.
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Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
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.
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Progressive Christian: Beyond Conservative and Liberal
Progressive Christian: Beyond Conservative and Liberal
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.
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What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive Christian?
What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive Christian?
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.
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Cross Purposes: Will the Church Return to Its Roots?
Cross Purposes: Will the Church Return to Its Roots?
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.
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Could Authority Be An Issue in Gates Incident?
Could Authority Be An Issue in Gates Incident?
Did authority play a role in the police's encounter with Henry Louis Gates Jr.? Was the sergeant's authority heavy-handed? Did Gates lack respect for the officer's authority?
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
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.
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Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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Maybe the Church Needs to Lose Power
Maybe the Church Needs to Lose Power
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?
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Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
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.
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Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
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When We Condone Torture, Be Prepared for What We'll Harvest
When We Condone Torture, Be Prepared for What We'll Harvest
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?
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Maybe What the Church Really Needs is a Loss of Power
Maybe What the Church Really Needs is a Loss of Power
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.
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Congressman Twists History to Match His Model for Civil Religion
Congressman Twists History to Match His Model for Civil Religion
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)
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No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
Our nation is at its best when we have leadership that appreciates the value of bipartisan power and the presence of an opposing party that can call for accountability. Whenever one party holds the power, disaster looms.
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Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
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.
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Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
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.
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Polarizing Views Aside, America's Never Been a Christian Nation
Polarizing Views Aside, America's Never Been a Christian Nation
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."
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'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
"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)
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The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
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.
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
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.
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Different Cultural Expressions Don't Change Christianity
Different Cultural Expressions Don't Change Christianity
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.
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Easter Excludes Being a Muslim Christian Priest
Easter Excludes Being a Muslim Christian Priest
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.
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God's Comeback: Editors Claim Rise in Faith Will Help Economy
God's Comeback: Editors Claim Rise in Faith Will Help Economy
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.
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The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
The End of Christian America? Not By a Long Shot
With more people saying they have no religious preference, does it spell the end of Christianity? Maybe they're growing weary of religion and angry religious politics. One can only hope.
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Knee-Bending Lifestyle Places Others Before Self
Knee-Bending Lifestyle Places Others Before Self
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.
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Is Christianity More About 'Our Father' or 'My Father'?
Is Christianity More About 'Our Father' or 'My Father'?
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.
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Study: Many Americans Choosing No Religious Affiliation
Study: Many Americans Choosing No Religious Affiliation
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.
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Blogger Predicts Evangelicalism's Collapse Within Decade
Blogger Predicts Evangelicalism's Collapse Within Decade
Evangelicalism's fall is blamed on its overt identification with the political right and its insufficient roots in genuine faith.
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Some Folks Need to Break Their Addiction – To Church
Some Folks Need to Break Their Addiction – To Church
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.
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More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
The baptisms were the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
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.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
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?
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BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
The strong support for a role for religion in UK public life shown in a recent BBC poll should in some ways at least come as no surprise.
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I Am Not Open-Minded
I Am Not Open-Minded
I do not for a moment imagine that any book is divinely revealed; that any religion is anything other than a human creation serving the socio-economic and political desires of those who created it and gain power and authority from it; or that any idea about god is God.
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If a Religion Must Lie, It Must Die
If a Religion Must Lie, It Must Die
While I do not believe it is possible to package the truth, I do believe it is possible to point us toward it. That is what religion should do, both theologically and institutionally. If a religion has to lie in order to survive, it is time for that religion to die.
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Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy?
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Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
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Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
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Faith and Politics
For more than 25 years, the Christian Right has carefully constructed a political myth claiming that “GOP” stands for “God’s Only Party.” Conservative Christians quickly bought into the myth.
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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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President Obama Offers Religious Continuity with Previous Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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Clarity Is Needed in a Time of Uncertainty
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).
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Baptism Center in Jordan to Open in March
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.
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Top Religion Stories of 2008
The economy trumped religion. That was the biggest religion story of the year, according to Time magazine.
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The Impulse to Silence Dissent
Silencing dissent is just about the most un-American, and un-Christian, thing imaginable. Our Constitution was written by a host of rowdy and intelligent dissenters. And nearly every hero of our faith started off as a dissenter.
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Global Violence Rooted in More Than Religion
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.
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HBO's Maher Attacks Mostly Christianity in Docu-Rant
Bill Maher's newly released documentary, "Religulous," is more rant than research, more designed to belittle interviewees than to explore religion, more profane than profound.
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The Bible Cannot Answer Scientific Questions
For over a century debates have raged over the ability of the Bible to tell us about the world, particularly how the natural world, and beings that inhabit this world, came into existence.
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Religious Politics as Spectacle
In our last episode of religion and politics on the campaign trail we left Sen. John McCain rejecting the endorsement of John Hagee. McCain found out that Hagee thought the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves, because they would not leave Europe and move to Israel.
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Will the Christian Left Criticize or Justify Obama's Divorce from Wright?
Senator Barack Obama filed divorce papers against Reverend Jeremiah Wright on the grounds of irreconcilable differences one day after his pastor of 20 years appeared at the National Press Club, even though Wright's substance and style had not really changed.
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Christian Television Network Reports Growing Audience in Iran
Iran's mix of political instability and harsh enforcement of Sharia law are combining to produce an unexpected result--increased interest in the gospel message--reports a broadcasting ministry operated by and for Christian in the Middle East.
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Gospel Tears Down Idols and Shrines of Politics and Race
Analyzing election results is a tricky business, even for the experts, and I'm no expert. But it's hard, at least for me, not to try to get a feeling for what is happening and finding patterns that reveal where the electorate is heading, even if the sampling is a single state like Pennsylvania.
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Seeing Our Sin
I remember talking with two friends before the fall of the Soviet Union telling them I believed the U.S.S.R. would start to crumble and would no longer exist within five years. They thought I had lost my mind. Our country had defined the Soviet Union as totally evil and had given it an aura of invincibility.
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Resource Questions Candidates About No Child Left Behind
Add one to the list of moral values at stake in the next federal election: where does your candidate stand on reauthorization of No Child Left Behind?
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Who Commands the Commandments?
The Ten Commandments belong in communities of faith, not in public places.
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Oklahoma Educators, Clergy Meet in Statewide Summit on Religion in Public Schools
Education has become the flashpoint in the culture wars, but it could become a starting point to finding common ground, a professor told 150 teachers and clergy from Oklahoma at a conference March 25-26.
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Obama Criticizes But Refuses to 'Disown' Controversial Pastor
In a speech widely touted as one of the most important of his presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced incendiary comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but refused to disown his pastor of 20 years.
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Richard Land's Apology Was Not an Apology
Richard Land has apologized for referring to Senator Charles Schumer as the "schmuck from New York."
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Extreme Religious Endorsements
Sen. Barack Obama recently received an endorsement from a controversial religious leader who promotes hate toward certain groups. Ironically, Sen. John McCain was endorsed by another religious leader who also promotes hate toward certain groups.
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Faith in America: Believers on Pilgrimage
The Los Angeles Times recently featured a new study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The results offer a snapshot of faith in America--although "home movie," might be a more accurate description of the report. People of faith in America are on the move--it's like a pilgrimage.
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Study Says Baptists Losing Ground in America's Religious Landscape
Americans are leaving Baptist churches at nearly twice the rate that others are joining them, according to details of a study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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A New Voice for the Faithful
The expression, "there at the beginning," took on special meaning for me this past week. I was witness to the birth of a new movement in Alabama, a movement which has the potential to redefine the way faith communities confront social concerns in our state. The movement has a name: the Alabama Faith Council.
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Appeals to Anti-Semitism, Racism, Mar Democratic Congressional Race
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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McCain Can't Enter Promised Land of Presidency Without Miracle of Christian Right Support
The Republican Party is heading toward a spiritual smack down. In one corner are the party officials, waving the placards of pragmatic compromise. In the other corner are the conservative Christian leaders, holding high the cross of moral conviction. Their grudge match is over presidential candidate John McCain, who has received no endorsements from any significant Christian Right leader and downright opposition from the movement's indisputable head: James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, whose radio audience reaches millions of listeners daily.
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Scientists, Religious Scholars Reject 'Intelligent Design'
An international group of scientists and theologians has issued a strong rebuke of "intelligent design," a theory that has gained ground with conservative Christians, especially in the United States.
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Evolution Weekend Aims to Elevate Discussion of Religion and Science
Evolution Sunday, an annual event held in churches the last two years to promote the idea that science and faith are compatible, this year is being expanded and renamed Evolution Weekend to make it more inclusive for members of all religions.
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Can We Be Saved By Lent?
The first Sunday of February is Transfiguration Sunday, followed by Ash Wednesday ringing in Lent. It is a reflective time to wrestle with sin and rediscover our need for salvation.
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A Godly Constitution
If elected president of the United States Governor Mike Huckabee plans to bring the U.S. Constitution into alignment with God:
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Educating Tim LaHaye
Dear Rev. LaHaye: You may not be aware that someone wrote a fictional letter to the editor to the USA TODAY and signed your name to it. I'm sure you would be concerned that someone would dare impersonate you, so I'm just giving you a heads up.
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E-mail Hoaxes, 'Forwards' Fly Among Presidential Campaigns
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have been targeted by recent e-mail hoaxes and what might be termed the "dirty forward."
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The Link Between Politics and Religion
Nearly every week someone complains that my column is not about "faith matters." The accusation is that I write more about politics than faith and should therefore call the column "political matters."
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Romney Tries to Thread Impossible Theological Needle
Religion is neither a qualifier nor a disqualifier for public office, unless you are a Mormon, one of your opponents is a Southern Baptist and you are both running for the presidential nomination of your party.
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'Do You Believe This Book?' Question at GOP Debate Referred to King James Version
The man who asked Republican presidential candidates if they believe every word of the Bible in Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate says he wasn't satisfied by any of the answers he heard.
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EthicsDaily.com Submits Video for Republican CNN/YouTube Debate
The second CNN/YouTube presidential debate airs tonight, and EthicsDaily.com took part in the process by submitting a question for consideration.
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Huckabee Touts Christian Credentials in Second TV Ad
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, targets conservative Christians in his new television ad airing this week in Iowa.
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Movie Star, Motivational Speaker, Pro Wrestler All Endorse Huckabee as Best Conservative Christian Candidate
Baptist motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and "Left Behind" co-author Jerry Jenkins joined a growing list of faith leaders and celebrities endorsing former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for president.
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U.S. Senator Requests Donation Information of TV Evangelists
Back in the 16th century, the Dominican monk Tetzel, to fulfill the pope's demands, preached from village to village how the faithful could shorten the time of their loved ones in purgatory with a few shekels. According to Roland Bainton's classic life of Martin Luther, Tetzel would say to the villagers:
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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Does Fred Thompson Worship at the Church of Civil Religion?
Fred Thompson exemplifies civil religion--religion that honors the nonspecific idea of the little "g" God and requires nothing more than a nod in political speeches. Civil religion is the opposite of authentic religion.
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Presidential Contenders Scramble to Get God Right
When it comes to the desired degree of religiosity in presidential candidates, most voters are like Goldilocks tasting bowls of porridge: Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
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Campolo Says Hillary Clinton Stronger Candidate Than Bill
An American Baptist minister and spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal says Hillary Clinton is an even stronger presidential candidate than her husband.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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45 Years of Isolation and Poverty Has Worked
We can tell when election year is at hand. The air has a certain stench about it. This is how the stench pot is fueled. Find an underpowered non-threatening enemy. Find some cluster of people powerless and under-represented in the political system. Then rail away about the threat that they are to our American Democratic values and way of life.
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An Ephesian Breeze
Scripture is full of idol stories. The Book of Acts has two idol stories, one in Athens (Acts 16) and one in Ephesus (Acts 19). Paul was coy in Athens, a disposition he rarely displayed. Ephesus was a tougher audience, and the idol Artemis had a beloved place in the local economy. Many of us who preach the lectionary and opted for the Old Testament may have felt an Ephesian warm humid breeze in the air this past weekend.
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Get Real About Religion and Entertainment
Contrary to what some people believe, Hollywood doesn't revel in sex and violence. Hollywood revels in money. If sex and violence are the keys to that kingdom, Hollywood will produce those keys.
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The Voice of the Prophet
I awoke Wednesday morning to hear my radio announcing the morning news. I thought to myself, "What have my people done?" As I drove to my church, I heard the voice of the prophet. But the question is: Should I listen?
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Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews
Constantine's Sword is a must-read. I first read it in the context of a small group composed of Christian ministers and a Jewish rabbi. The resulting conversations were among the most intense in my experience.
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A Response to 'Using Songs in Spite of the Songwriters'
Rebecca Prater's column is intriguing. Would the same criteria apply to a minister, a professor in a seminary, a leader of a denominational agency?
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New Book Explores the Intersection of Education and Religion
In his book, Education, Religion, and the Public Good, Martin Marty addresses the intersection of religion and education. This book, and an earlier volume rose out of Marty's work with the Public Religion Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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