By: EthicsDaily Staff
When people use religion to carry out violence, it must be condemned, Pope Francis said. Goodwill people of faith must use "unremitting efforts" to unmask attempts to ground violent acts in religious faith.
By: Leroy Seat
Many people, including Christians, say they don't want to be involved in politics. However, people of goodwill, perhaps especially Christians, need to be involved. Here's how to do it.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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?
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Through the Door, on faith and prisons.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
(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.
(RNS) If there's one thing the fractious Republican field agrees on, it's that personal religious devotion is central to their campaign message.
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.
(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.
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.
(RNS) 2011 was supposed to be the year the world ended. Twice.
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.
(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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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.
(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
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?
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
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.”
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans say it is possible to disagree with their religion’s teachings and still remain in good standing with their faith.
(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.”
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.
(RNS) Christian leaders have formed a “Circle of Protection” against U.S. cuts to poverty-fighting programs.
(RNS) Are Christianity and capitalism a marriage made in heaven, as some conservatives believe?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta has spent “considerable time” writing on topics beyond the mission of his office.
(RNS) A British theoretical astrophysicist has won the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize.
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Religion does not exist to make people more religious. God's light calls us to focus on living with justice, compassion, and humility.
(RNS) Dirt at an ancient holy site in Chimayo, N.M. reputedly cures a woman’s rare bone cancer.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The midterm elections did little to alter the religious composition of Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The typical member of a fast-growing atheist association is a highly educated, married white male who grew up with religious parents.
(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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama faces significant challenges on how Americans perceive his religious faith.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.
(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.
Fox's TV sensation "Glee" does what few TV shows have done before: Air an episode that engages religious dialogue. (Photo: Fox Broadcasting)
(RNS) Albertina Walker died Friday (Oct. 8) at the age of 81.
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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith-based organizations are teaming up with secular and progressive groups for this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
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.
DENVER (RNS) Religion reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times won top honors at the RNA's annual awards competition.
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 Big Book” initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) Russian prisons are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
LONDON (RNS) Williams has flatly dismissed Hawking’s claim that gravity was responsible for creating the universe.
(RNS) An atheist foundation that seeks to foster charitable giving among nonbelievers is encouraging members to donate to a religious charity.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Marilyn Shirley was raped in 2000 by a guard at the Texas prison where she was serving time.
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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious organizations are calling for an investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation.
(RNS) BYU was named the nation’s most religious campus, and Sarah Lawrence College the least religious, in new rankings.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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.
The economy trumped religion. That was the biggest religion story of the year, according to Time magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Ten Commandments belong in communities of faith, not in public places.
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.
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.
Richard Land has apologized for referring to Senator Charles Schumer as the "schmuck from New York."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If elected president of the United States Governor Mike Huckabee plans to bring the U.S. Constitution into alignment with God:
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.
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have been targeted by recent e-mail hoaxes and what might be termed the "dirty forward."
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."
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.
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.
The second CNN/YouTube presidential debate airs tonight, and EthicsDaily.com took part in the process by submitting a question for consideration.
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, targets conservative Christians in his new television ad airing this week in Iowa.
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.
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:
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.