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EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
498 columns. 139 contributors. 125 news articles. These are a few snapshots of EthicsDaily.com's 2016 initiatives, providing a global perspective from goodwill people of faith on engaging pressing issues facing the world.

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Could We Have a New 'Word of the Year' Next Time?
Could We Have a New 'Word of the Year' Next Time?

By: Colin Harris
Communities of faith can choose whether to tolerate xenophobia - Dictionary.com's word of the year - or to call it out as contrary to the teachings of many faiths that affirm community over estrangement.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers
Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers

By: Robert Parham
For 25 years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has walked through doors of opportunities, often not knowing what awaited us on the other side. Now, it's your turn to walk through a door with us with your financial support.

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Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition
Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2

By: Ashley al-Saliby
We must reject the superiority and hatred in all of us because it leads to horrors that we couldn't imagine our friends and neighbors capable of carrying out. With love, we must stand up for our Muslim neighbors.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Three men were arrested for planning to bomb a Muslim community in Kansas. Not too far back in our history, another group successfully carried out a similar atrocity. Where does such murderous hatred begin?

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4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam
4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam

By: Martin Accad
Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative
U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Few U.S. Catholics have positive views of Islam or know a Muslim personally, a Georgetown University report says, with 30 percent holding very or somewhat unfavorable views of Islam.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?
Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.

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As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims
As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims

By: Robert Parham
Muslim leaders are concerned about the possibility of one of their holy days coinciding with 9/11's 15th anniversary. Before that date, Christians can take proactive steps now to build bridges with their Muslim neighbors.

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When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed
When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed

By: Larry Eubanks
When 300 Islamic leaders united to denounce religious extremism within Islam, the news received little media attention. These Muslim leaders are closer to the position of Jesus than many of his followers.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Baptists from 50 nations gathered in Canada last week for the Baptists World Alliance annual gathering, EthicsDaily.com shot video interviews with Baptist leaders from around the globe.

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Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan
Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan

By: Martin Accad
Religions tend to be exclusive of other religions, but that doesn't mean you can't wish your Muslim friends and neighbors well during the month of Ramadan. Here are four reasons why.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule
Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule

By: Lynne Hybels
Christians and Muslims have different beliefs about God and Jesus, but they can still respect each other. Will you refuse to let irresponsible media stories shape your opinions of Muslims?

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Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years
Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Fragmentary experiences inform and sharpen one's understanding of the world. As the Baptist Center for Ethics' executive director for 25 years, here are a few that have expanded my view of the world.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The Quran reports Jesus' miraculous birth, his ministry of healing and raising people from the dead. What remains hard to grasp is how life and salvation can emerge from death and apparent failure.

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Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years
Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Plenty of serious issues have been tackled by the Baptist Center for Ethics over the last 25 years. But as we celebrate our quarter-century anniversary, let's focus on a few lighter moments.

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Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam
Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam

By: Arthur Brown
Being Christian and being Muslim are not the same. We don't have identical understandings of the God we worship. However, Christians can reject the bigotry of judging others and build bridges of respect.

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7 Ways to Respond to Violent Extremism
7 Ways to Respond to Violent Extremism

By: Andy Williams
Violent extremism is arguably the greatest global threat. Jesus rejected the option of violent extremism and faced violence with self-sacrifice. And today we can respond in these seven ways.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way
Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way

By: Robert Parham
We won't win the war against Islamic extremists with drone strikes and military firepower. Overcoming terrorism must include Christians collaborating with goodwill Muslims. Here are five reasons why.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric

By: Zach Dawes
People of goodwill should speak out against harmful rhetoric perpetuated against Islam and Muslims. Thankfully, that's what GOP leaders are doing regarding Donald Trump's latest diatribe.

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Let's Build on the Good of Thanksgiving Day for the Good for Our Neighbors
Let's Build on the Good of Thanksgiving Day for the Good for Our Neighbors

By: Robert Parham
Thanksgiving in and of itself strengthens community and encourages neighborliness. Let's build on that for the continuous good for our neighbors.

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Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace
Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace

By: Rick Love
Evangelical pastors and Muslim imams declared their commitment to making peace with one another, but some evangelicals uphold Jesus' exclusive truth claims without upholding his inclusive love aims.

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Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears
Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions.

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Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do
Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do

By: Mark Woods
As the policies of Western democracies have contributed to ruin and unintended consequences in foreign nations, it's a reminder that good intentions don't always result in good outcomes.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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Profiles in Goodwill: Mark Woods
Profiles in Goodwill: Mark Woods

By; EthicsDaily Staff
Mark Woods, a Baptist minister and contributing editor for ChristianToday.com and former editor of The Baptist Times of Great Britain, is a featured columnist on EthicsDaily.com.

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St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths
St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths

By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.

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What All Faith Groups Can Do to End ISIS
What All Faith Groups Can Do to End ISIS

By: Jim Somerville
Instead of eyeing each other with suspicion, what if the world's religions joined hands and prayed - for the end of ISIS, the end of extremism, the end of fear? Here's what one interfaith group did.

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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.
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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities
Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities

By: Arthur Brown
Some evangelicals fear that interfaith activities will lead to watering down their faith, but nothing could be further from the truth. It's crucial to talk honestly about our faith to people from other faiths.

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NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
By: Robert Parham
Pastor Sam Tolbert, interviewed in an EthicsDaily.com documentary about Baptists and Muslims, is one of three running to lead a major African-American Baptist denomination.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
By: Rick Love
Meet Azi, who works with madrassas in Pakistan to change the way young Muslim clerics are trained. Under his leadership, more than 2,700 leaders have been trained.
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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
By: Rick Love
Meet Mossarat, a Muslim woman in Pakistan who leads Mothers for Change. Her group works with mothers whose sons are being lured into terrorist groups and helps rescue them.
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Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians don't appreciate the diversity that exists among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, says the author of a book on Christian-Muslim relationships in a Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
By: Jennifer Bryson
While Christians and Muslims have deep disagreements over faith issues, they can still relate to each other in a way that is "respectful, gracious and bridge-building," an author says.
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How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?
How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?

By: Jennifer Bryson
In his book, "Grace and Truth," Rick Love provides Christians an alternative to "interfaith dialogue" with a particular focus on Christian-Muslim encounters.

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Interfaith Dialogue is Key to Peace, Pope Urges
Interfaith Dialogue is Key to Peace, Pope Urges

By: Arthur Brown
Pope Francis suggests that dialogue between those of differing faiths, particularly Christians and Muslims, is a necessary condition for peace in the world and is the duty of people of faith.

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How Do You Live With People Who Offend You?
How Do You Live With People Who Offend You?
It's natural to want to hang around people we like, but what do you do when someone you dislike goes to the same church? To live a life that models God's grace, you can't avoid those you dislike.
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Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
While politicians play the blame game during the government shutdown, another event showed how ecumenical collaboration is pivotal to advancing the common good in a broken world.
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Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community
Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community

Some believe the answer to racial equality is to be tolerant, but this is too shortsighted. The gospel calls us to move beyond mere tolerance to full and vulnerable embrace.

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As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement
As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement

Abundant press reports underscore the reality of interfaith conflict - from deadly to mean-spirited. But there are unseen stories of goodwill Christians, Muslims and Buddhists working together.

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British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
Representatives of the United Kingdom's Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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Interfaith Leaders in Virginia Model Friendship
Interfaith Leaders in Virginia Model Friendship

They may come from different traditions and have different beliefs, but a group of leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths is modeling interfaith friendship.

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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Humility – A Prerequisite for Interfaith Dialogue
Humility – A Prerequisite for Interfaith Dialogue
Humility is a key ingredient for interfaith dialogue to be successful. It helps us recognize that our brothers and sisters from other faiths have something to teach us – and vice versa.
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How Friendship Dinners Aid Interfaith Engagement
How Friendship Dinners Aid Interfaith Engagement
By: Jim Somerville
The same kinds of tensions that once existed between Christians and Jews in this country now exist between Christians and Muslims. Isn't it time to get to know each other?
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Can Jews, Christians and Muslims Coexist?
Can Jews, Christians and Muslims Coexist?
Some may question whether Jews, Christians and Muslims can coexist, but the life and legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden has already shown that it's possible.
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Tolerance – Key Ingredient for Interfaith Dialogue
Tolerance – Key Ingredient for Interfaith Dialogue
Tolerance is a good thing but it isn't easy. It sees rectifying diverging beliefs as less important than realizing the greater goods of mutual respect, humility and hospitality.
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This Lent, How to Improve Jewish-Christian Relations
This Lent, How to Improve Jewish-Christian Relations
Many U.S. Christians live with oblivion about their Jewish roots. This Lenten season is a good time to examine our convictions and feelings about the historic people of God.
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Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
If we truly want to strengthen interfaith relationships, especially between Christians and Muslims, we must be willing to listen and understand. Too often, we bully and belittle.
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Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
"Gospel Without Borders," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, will be screened at this week's annual meeting of Christian Churches Together.
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3 Ways to Improve Your Religious Literacy
3 Ways to Improve Your Religious Literacy
A report suggests that many Americans are vastly illiterate about their own religion as well as the religion of others. Here are three ways to boost your religious literacy.
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Striking Up Friendships at Interfaith Bowling
Striking Up Friendships at Interfaith Bowling
Want your interfaith group to move beyond dialogue to friendship? Try going bowling together. It's hard to be pretentious when you're wearing bowling shoes.
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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
With the goal of building relationships with people of other faiths, British Baptists launched a new resource to counter a dozen common myths about interfaith cooperation.
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Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
More than 750 churches from 22 denominations are participating in "Election Day Communion" today, an effort to bring the church together for unity on an otherwise polarizing day.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
The shooting of a teenage girl by Taliban militants has no connection whatsoever with Islamic doctrine and practice. By contrast, many Muslims live at peace with Christians.
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BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
The Baptist Center for Ethics assembled ecumenical panels for two screenings of its documentary on faith and immigration, including one across the street from the Democrats' convention.
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Undocumented
Undocumented "Freedom Riders" to Attend Faith and Immigration Event in Charlotte
Undocumented immigrants will be among the attendees at the Baptist Center for Ethics' faith and immigration event on Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.
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A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
What do you get when faith leaders from many denominations unite at a gathering during the Democratic National Convention? A collaborative effort to focus on the plight of the undocumented.
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Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Our theological vocabularies and beliefs may differ on many issues, but Christians can engage Muslims in and uplifting discourse. We should never demonize, ridicule or insult.
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Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Atheists and Christians will offer competing agendas about religion's role in the public square when the Democratic National Convention meets in North Carolina in early September.
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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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Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Two girls – one Jewish, the other Muslim – from a school in Israel set off a chain of events that led to a Texas Baptist church's involvement in peacekeeping in the Holy Land.
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Muslim and Christian Scholars Issue Letter to Hotel Execs on Porn
Muslim and Christian Scholars Issue Letter to Hotel Execs on Porn
A Muslim and a Christian released wrote to hotel executives asking them to remove pornographic movies in hotel rooms – even if it cuts into their profits.
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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Interfaith Voices: Good Will is an Asset
Interfaith Voices: Good Will is an Asset
In a wasteland of impoliteness and discourtesy, people of faith must transcend differences in religion, race and culture in order to work for the common good.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
Following a "Gospel Without Borders" screening during the Democrats' convention, an ecumenical panel of bishops will speak from a moral perspective on the immigration issue.
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The First Step to End Bullying at Schools
The First Step to End Bullying at Schools
The first step to stop the problem of bullying begins with getting to know each other. That means teaching children to use words to build others up instead of to tear them down.
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Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Vandals spray-painted threats to Arabs and Christians on a school and a monastery in Jerusalem. For the school, which has Arab and Jewish students, it was an opportunity to draw closer together.
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British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
A Baptist church in Great Britain is partnering with other churches to open their doors to provide the homeless a place to sleep instead of spending the night outside in the freezing winter.
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Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
An interfaith panel featuring bishops from three denominations will speak to the issue of immigration following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 24.
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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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Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Catholic and Protestant leaders in Alabama wrote Gov. Robert Bentley, urging him to repeal the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation. How did he respond?
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Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action
Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action

An Alabama United Methodist bishop said he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in his state. He urged 300 Tennessee faith leaders to speak against similar bills in their state.

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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
From governments debating climate change to bankers being less philanthropic than their predecessors, it appears well-off nations and people choose their own interests over the common good.
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Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
A Baptist interfaith network in Great Britain is closing, but its efforts will continue to shine forward when its work is transferred to the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
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British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
A British minister is urging other Baptists to support a Muslim family who face eviction because prosecutors are trying to seize their home after they convicted an occupant of anti-terrorism laws.
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Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
As Tennessee politicians weigh an anti-immigration bill similar to Alabama's harsh law, hundreds of the state's faith leaders will gather Nov. 30 for a session on faith and immigration.
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Atheists Launch Campaign to Get Unbelievers to Come Out
(RNS) The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room behind him.
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Church Leaders Resign amid London's Occupy Protest
Church Leaders Resign amid London's Occupy Protest
After Occupy London Stock Exchange began, protesters soon set up camp outside St. Paul's Cathedral near the financial district. How St. Paul's should respond led to two church leaders' resignation.
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Historic Baptists Champion Interfaith Dialogue
Historic Baptists Champion Interfaith Dialogue
Although some Baptists have made highly offensive statements about other faiths, many others –throughout Baptist history until today – have championed interfaith efforts.
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As College Costs Go Up, Fewer Britons Apply
As College Costs Go Up, Fewer Britons Apply
As the cost for higher education become more expensive, many young people in Great Britain aren't applying for college. Should Baptist Christians care about this trend?
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Why Baptists Should Know Their Own History
Why Baptists Should Know Their Own History
British Baptist history will be more accessible thanks to a grant, but how well do Baptists know their own history? If we don't know where we've been, it's harder to know where we're going.
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Archbishop Speaks Out Against Abuse in Zimbabwe
Archbishop Speaks Out Against Abuse in Zimbabwe
The Archbishop of Canterbury pulled no punches during his sermon in Zimbabwe, delivering strong words against an excommunicated bishop who has used his political muscle to drive Anglicans out of their churches.
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Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Reflecting the growing interfaith collaboration on immigration reform, some 500 DVDs of EthicsDaily.com's new documentary were sent to Catholic leaders by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
A college education means more than getting ready for a career and boosting your personal income, according to a letter from university chaplains in Britain. Universities serve the common good.
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Christians Outraged as BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method
LONDON (RNS) British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E.
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Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic and United Methodist bishops are scheduled as panelists at screenings of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" in Georgia and North Carolina. Screenings are also set in Florida and Denver.
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Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
A cross-section of influential faith leaders in Iraq have come together to call for peace through dialogue rather than military strength. One leader said they have a duty to initiate a "moral generation."
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In Different Ways, We All Long for Freedom
In Different Ways, We All Long for Freedom
Sometimes, people are enslaved not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, molded to no longer want to be free. Sooner or later, however, they realize they were created for more.
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Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System
Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System

After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," panelists and audience members noted that the current perception and treatment of immigrants was similar to the "Jim Crow" laws in the U.S.

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Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
At times, we're quick to pray. At other times, we're quick to ask why we should pray at all. Questions are important, but prayer is not something to be analyzed. It's just what we do.
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Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
People of all faiths should encourage others in their own circles from making disparaging statements against their fellow Americans, whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims or adherents of another faith.
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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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Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
As Libya illustrates, the world is still not so safe that it can do without a powerful and effective military alliance. And Christians must more deeply engage questions of peace, war and the appropriate use of force.
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To Defeat Hatred, Mere Tolerance is Not the Answer
To Defeat Hatred, Mere Tolerance is Not the Answer
Many believe tolerance is the answer to hatred and bigotry. Tolerance doesn't promote the fullness of God's love in Christ. Rather than tolerate people, we need to fully embrace them.
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Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Christian young people are more likely than non-Christians to respect differences in people of other faiths, according to new research. But what about older church leaders?
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Scriptural Reasoning – Beyond Interfaith Dialogue
Scriptural Reasoning – Beyond Interfaith Dialogue
More than a form of interfaith dialogue between the Abrahamic faiths, scriptural reasoning engages Muslims, Jews and Christians in an intimate conversation over a particular text of Scripture.
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No Easy Answers as Norway Struggles with Grief
No Easy Answers as Norway Struggles with Grief
The tragedy in Norway will be dissected by many seeking to interpret the chilling wickedness of one man's actions. The nation’s churches will need to speak to people of hope, God’s eternal love and forgiveness.
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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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What's Christians' Role in U.K.'s Phone-Hacking Scandal?
What's Christians' Role in U.K.'s Phone-Hacking Scandal?
Everyone seems to be out for blood in the phone-hacking scandal that's rocking Great Britain and News Corp. Instead of pronouncing judgment, Christians should ask the uncomfortable questions.
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British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
Jesus said the poor would always be with us, but it wasn't a call to inaction. British churches are doing their part by supporting the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, targeting poverty, malnutrition and education.
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Olympics Will Bring the World to British Baptists
Olympics Will Bring the World to British Baptists
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will gather next year in London for the Olympics. Will local churches become engaged or remain indifferent?
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Two Distinct Models for Starting New Churches
Two Distinct Models for Starting New Churches
There are two models to planting new churches. One is the traditional approach; the other might not be in good in pulpit but they’re good in a crisis. It’s not a question of which is right, but which are you suited for.
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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How to Grow Spirituality in Tough Terrain
How to Grow Spirituality in Tough Terrain
How do you grow spirituality in a community when religious expressions are as varied as human nature, geography and culture can make them? The first step is to know the terrain.
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War Criminal's Arrest Begins to Close Terrible Chapter
War Criminal's Arrest Begins to Close Terrible Chapter
Indicted for genocide 16 years ago by the United Nations, accused war criminal Ratko Mladic's capture begins to close some of the unfinished business remaining after the Bosnian War.
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When Christians Refuse to Dialogue with Society
When Christians Refuse to Dialogue with Society
How could Harold Camping's followers sustain their end-of-the-world fantasy? While their example is extreme, it can happen to any of us when we detach ourselves from the wider currents of social and intellectual life.
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Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel are mainly Arab, an evangelical minority within a Christian minority. That they have survived 100 years in good heart is a cause for deep gratitude and rejoicing.
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Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Most Arabs and Muslims rejected Osama bin Laden's violent extremism. Will we transcend the temptations of triumphalism and redouble efforts at education, dialogue and cooperation across religious lines?
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The Secret to Drawing Young Adults to Church
The Secret to Drawing Young Adults to Church
As church attendance dwindles and congregations grow grayer, we must ask why young adults stay away. If we can't give them a cause they believe is worth living for now, it's no wonder they dismiss us as irrelevant. We are.
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Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Islam
Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Islam
A spirit of cooperation between Muslim and Jewish leaders of two organizations has enabled them to strive shoulder to shoulder against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in America.
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For Every Action, an Equal and Opposite Reaction
(RNS) The website of the Dove World Outreach Center describes the tiny church as “a New Testament church based on the Bible, the Word of God.”
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How Will Churches React to British Government's Cuts?
How Will Churches React to British Government's Cuts?
Hundreds of thousands of people protested government cuts in Great Britain. Whether their voices make a difference or not, churches must be ready to respond to new opportunities for ministry and service.
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Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
The military campaign against Libya rests on untested assumptions and unexamined myths. Christians should be slow to pronounce the rightness of the campaign until they address those myths.
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Japan's Devastation Simply Too Great for Words
Japan's Devastation Simply Too Great for Words
Following Japan's devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, no one can truly say that they see how good will come from this. If we could see, we would not need to hope.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Rousing Stories, Horrific Revelations from Libya
Rousing Stories, Horrific Revelations from Libya
The events unfolding in Libya range from inspirational to horrific. We see courageous people facing down a tyrant's soldiers, but we're also learning about secret prisons where unimaginable brutalities were inflicted.
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Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
How do we understand the extraordinary events of the Middle East, including the tottering regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya? God does not care very much about political calculations, but he does care about justice.
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British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
Since Great Britain turned its back on the death penalty, the mother of a man executed in the United States wants the United Kingdom to ban British companies from exporting drugs for executions.
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Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
While membership and baptisms are down in British Baptist churches, the decline can be turned around if people realize churches offer something worth having. Can worship be accessible without being banal?
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Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Not all contemporary Baptists consistently promote religious freedom. They passionately argue for their right to worship but forget to do the same for other faith groups. Richard Land is a prime example.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Nigerian Islamic Extremists Take Credit for Attacks on Christians on Christmas Eve
Nigerian Islamic Extremists Take Credit for Attacks on Christians on Christmas Eve
An extremist Islamic organization took credit for multiple attacks in Nigeria on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of a Baptist pastor and the burning of Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri.
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What Lies Ahead for the Church in 2011?
What Lies Ahead for the Church in 2011?
What does the future hold for the church in 2011? The challenge will be to live not just as Christian citizens of our own country, but as citizens of the world.
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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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What The WikiLeaks Saga Says About Us
What The WikiLeaks Saga Says About Us
WikiLeaks reveals what many people feel about those who govern us. Namely, we believe they can't be trusted. WikiLeaks both feeds and symbolizes conspiracy theories that tell us we are being lied to.
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Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Many Faiths, One Common Commandment – Love
Many Faiths, One Common Commandment – Love
Sacred texts and prophetic voices from myriad faith traditions across the world all contain a call to love one another in the form of exhortations to treat others as we would have them treat us. So what stops us?
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British Baptist Reflects on Royal Wedding
British Baptist Reflects on Royal Wedding
The engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton re-awakened feelings of good will toward the royal family. But will the royal wedding blind Britons to issues of inequality and injustice?
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The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
If Western Christians are serious about genuine religious peace as a Christian virtue and a basic human right, we must develop mutual understanding and interfaith engagement with other religions.
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Interfaith Support Doesn't Compromise Your Faith
Interfaith Support Doesn't Compromise Your Faith
Some Christians fear becoming involved in interfaith efforts because they wonder if accepting another's non-Christian faith is somehow being disloyal to their primary fidelity to Jesus. It's far from the truth.
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Will Iraqi Christians Find Asylum in Britain?
Will Iraqi Christians Find Asylum in Britain?
An archbishop's call for Iraqi Christians to seek asylum in Britain may give the green light to many who had been wavering. But Britain's treatment of asylum seekers has been shabby at best.
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Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
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British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
A British watchdog group issued a report examining how fair Great Britain is. While equality is impossible in many areas, Christians are called to work for a fairer society.
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Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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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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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Justice Department: FBI Erred in Targeting Interfaith Center
WASHINGTON (RNS) A DoJ inspector concluded that the FBI improperly targeted U.S. advocacy organizations for surveillance.
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Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
How does a Christian church, which affirms Jesus as Lord, welcome people of other faiths to a shared experience of readings from our texts? Jesus' way is one of reconciling love rather than polarizing division.
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Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Just as marriage creates a new generation in the human family, interfaith friendship creates a new generation in the family of God for those who are willing to embark on its journey.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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Hoping Pope's Visit to Britain Will Still Generate Interest
Hoping Pope's Visit to Britain Will Still Generate Interest
The Pope's visit to Great Britain is generating far less interest than organizers hoped – and that's a pity. We don't have to be Catholics to recognize that Pope Benedict is a thinker and spiritual teacher of the first rank.
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Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Newt Gingrich is wrong. The term "Cordoba" – the name planned for the Islamic center near Ground Zero – isn't "a symbol of Islamic conquest." It's a reference to the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace.
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Compassion Guided Slain Medical Volunteers in Afghanistan
Compassion Guided Slain Medical Volunteers in Afghanistan
Ten volunteer medical workers providing health care in northeast Afghanistan were ambushed and killed. Whatever their private religious views, they shared a sense of compassion, duty and a desire to serve.
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Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Narrow-minded intolerance has led to the outcry against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. It's time to turn away from ignorance and embrace again the words of Christ: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Millions of Americans would rather continue to remain ignorant about Islam so that they can continue to stereotype Islam as a religion of radical hatred and evil. How should we respond to such religious illiteracy?
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Interfaith Marriages: Will Churches Face the Trend?
Interfaith Marriages: Will Churches Face the Trend?
Nearly one-third of American marriages will remain religiously mixed. With interfaith marriage becoming more common and accepted, church leaders must be aware of the trend and address the implications.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists
U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists

That Baptists in the United States are among the more enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty is a shame upon the wider Baptist world. It is time for the death penalty to be abolished everywhere.

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British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
While the British government talks about prison reform in its own country, it cannot turn a blind eye to women in Afghanistan who are unjustly imprisoned – some because they fled domestic violence.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
The situation in the Gaza Strip polarizes opinions. One extreme believes the blockade should be unconditionally lifted; the other believes Gaza deserves all it gets. What will it take to begin reconciliation?
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Finding Balance: Religion and the Public Square
Finding Balance: Religion and the Public Square
Shami Chakrabarti is arguably one of the most influential women in the United Kingdom today. Whatever your view, she's in the thick of arguments about civil liberties, tolerance and religious freedom. (Photo: BMS World Mission)
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 Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Gordon Brown's announcement to resign as the head of Great Britain's Labour Party represents the final dissolution of the force that took Labour to three election victories and kept it in power for 13 years.
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Three Things British Churches Must Say
Three Things British Churches Must Say
With the British government facing tough decisions about taxation and spending, churches will need wisdom for the part they play. Will they be willing to support unpopular measures for the sake of the greater good?
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Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Some Christians fear interfaith dialogue because they think it will lead to compromising their faith. However, people of different faiths can engage in frank and honest dialogue without conceding their convictions.
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Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
If the universal truth claims of Christianity and Islam are reconcilable, why bother trying to dialogue at all? Two different fears typically keep us from engaging in interfaith dialogue.
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The Thinking Christian's Election in Britain
The Thinking Christian's Election in Britain
The race for Number 10 Downing Street is on in Britain. As Christians prepare to join other British citizens at the polls, may they be led by their love for Jesus and not by habit, prejudice, self-interest or tribal loyalty.
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British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
How should individuals react when their consciences conflict with the law of the land? In Britain, some Christians say they should be allowed to refuse bed-and-breakfast lodging to people on the grounds of their sexuality.
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Christian Faith is Deeper Than Mere Reason
Christian Faith is Deeper Than Mere Reason
Many opponents of Christianity make the mistake of thinking that religious people can be argued out of faith. But faith doesn't work like that. It's not indifferent to reason but it is rational on more levels than one.
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Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
The growing influence of Islam in Europe has led to a public backlash. French officials, for example, have urged a ban on wearing burqas, but living in a pluralistic age requires mutual understanding.
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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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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Many narrowly interpret interfaith dialogue as a verbal engagement with other people about their faith. But it's far more. As we welcome people who are different than us, we open paths to friendship.
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British Baptists' Acts of Kindness Spread Hope
British Baptists' Acts of Kindness Spread Hope
Hope '08, an evangelistic initiative in Britain designed to help churches serve their communities, was viewed as a success. When the initiative is offered again, simply as Hope, what lessons will help improve it?
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
While many Christians may sympathize with one British political party's plan to give tax breaks to married couples, we should be wary of knee-jerk plans just because they tick our moral boxes.
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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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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Echoes of Tower of Babel: Pride and Insignificance
Echoes of Tower of Babel: Pride and Insignificance
The builders of the Tower of Babel were consumed with overweening pride and a fear of insignificance. Both factors are evident in the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
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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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A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
It's 95 years ago on Christmas Eve. Several British and German troops broke into an unofficial truce, a spontaneous outbreak of decency. Today, can we learn to set aside our differences?
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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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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
A Muslim woman, filling in for a Christian woman, taught children in a Texas classroom about Hanukkah. It's an example all of us need to see, not just kindergarteners.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
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What Churches Can Learn from Ethnic Groups
What Churches Can Learn from Ethnic Groups
Many parts of the country are facing the reality that America is becoming a multiracial, multi-ethnic nation. Rather than fight it, churches could learn something by dialoguing with other ethnic groups.
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Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Many of India's Dalit people – once known as the untouchables under that country's caste system – living in the United Kingdom report that they remain victims of caste discrimination. The abuse should stop.
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Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
In an open letter to Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell of Virginia, an interfaith coalition calls on him to oppose the divisive rhetoric of Pat Robertson, who called Islam a "violent political system."
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
The United Kingdom has undertaken its first Interfaith Week, but it's unlikely to draw a warm and enthusiastic response from Baptists. Can we not make an effort to encounter people of other faiths simply as people?
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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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Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
With a huge lottery jackpot of more than $151 million awaiting two winners, it's a reminder why many Baptists do not participate in this or other forms of gambling. We bear witness to a better way.
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Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
BMS World Mission's letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a refreshing change of pace. Too many Christians engage in an adversarial tone when they enter the political arena.
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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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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Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
The system failed Fiona Pilkington, who took her life and her daughter's after years of bullying. When will more Christians speak up for those who can't speak for themselves?
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Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
The mark of a civilized society is that it will work to limit poverty. Is it possible to make sure that everyone has enough to live on without removing the incentive for people to work?
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Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair called on faith communities to work together, noting that when they do "things get done and respect between them grows."
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British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
Britain's National Health Service may not be perfect, but the system acknowledges people have a right to care because of citizenship, not because of wealth or employment.
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Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Although people of faith should be allowed a voice in the public square, their views seem to be marginalized on many fronts, including education, government and health care.
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Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Looking beyond Baptists' 400th anniversary, several Baptist leaders from around the world discuss what they hope will become Baptist hallmarks in the future.
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American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists should approach Muslims with compassion and friendship. The first step in showing genuine love for another person is to accept them as they are.
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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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Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Forgetting Jesus' great commandment, conservative Christian bloggers began barking their disapproval as soon as they learned mega-church pastor Rick Warren would speak to the Islamic Society of North America.
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Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
The British National Party, which recently won two seats in the European Parliament, speaks the language of hatred. While Christians should have nothing to do with the party, they need not fear it.
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Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Don't underestimate the power of confidence. When members have confidence in their churches' future, they won't regard money, time and talents spent on them as wasted. And lives will be changed by the power of the gospel.
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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 Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Spurred by a discussion about how Christians should view other religions, we talked about Islam in Sunday School. Without negating points about which Christians and Muslims would disagree, I sought to counter stereotypes.
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More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More than half of all Americans have a "live and let live" attitude toward people of other faiths, a Gallup poll found. Several Baptist leaders said tolerance alone won't lead to the real interfaith integration that America needs.
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Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Few are answering the call to a vocation of full-time mission service overseas, a mission worker told Baptists at the annual Baptist Assembly in Great Britain. With the needs so great, why are the laborers so scarce?
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National Day of Prayer Should Unite, Not Segregate, America
National Day of Prayer Should Unite, Not Segregate, America
The National Day of Prayer's original intent was to be a day when persons of all faiths could pray for the nation in their diverse ways. Regrettably, in recent years, fundamentalist Christians have perverted it into an exercise in religious segregation.
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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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Interfaith Friendships Spark Deeper Reflection on Jesus
Interfaith Friendships Spark Deeper Reflection on Jesus
My involvement in an interfaith group and the friendships that developed led me to reflect more sharply on the implications of believing in Jesus Christ as God's unique embodiment and revelation in the midst of a pluralistic world.
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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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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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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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This Friendship Is No Joke
I chuckled when I read, "A rabbi, a priest and a minister walked into a bar. The bartender said, 'Is this a joke?'" Well, it was no joke for me on May 29, 2005. The setting was not a bar, but the home of Rabbi Stephen Chaim Listfield in Montgomery, Ala.
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Celebrate, But Don't Rest On Our Laurels
Sunday marked the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. What is surprising about the observance is the heat the issue raises, even so long after the event.
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Still Praying for Gaza
Still Praying for Gaza
News that even in these straitened times international donors have responded so generously to the needs of Gaza is very welcome.
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Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Listening to the voices of the marginalised, opposing discrimination of women and noting the impact of climate change were among the commitments made by Baptists around the world in Rome as part of the 'urgent Gospel task of being justice seekers and peacemakers'.
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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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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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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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Baptist-Jewish Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Jewish relations.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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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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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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Reverse Congo's Melancholy History
The Democratic Republic of Congo's problem is its wealth. It is the size of Western Europe, and it is quite staggeringly rich in diamonds, coal, oil, and coltan, an essential ingredient in mobile telephones.
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When the Pursuit of Wealth Leaves Us Feeling Empty
Rev. Mark Woods, editor of Britain's Baptist Times, examines economics across the pond and "the glorification of greed in popular culture."
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Politics and Ecumenism
The Golden Rule of Ecumenism has brought vastly different Christian traditions together for conversation and action, and the rule should be applied to American politics.
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A Christian Response to 'Acts of God'
"All your waves and billows have gone over me." (Ps. 42:7) The Psalmist was referring to a spiritual state of abandonment, using terms reflecting a sense of helplessness in the face of events beyond human control.
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None of Us is Truly Free, While Anyone Is Bound
William Carey published his "Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Convert the Heathens" in 1792. Its title was not exactly snappy, but its effect was seismic. From it arose the modern missionary movement.
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Christmas a Sign of Hope for Britain's Churches
For most of the year Britain is, at least on the surface, a fairly secular country. In spite of the presence of the Church of England in its structures of government--Anglican bishops sit in the House of Lords, the second chamber of Parliament--and the high profile of many Christian leaders, the rate of churchgoing in Britain is only about 7 per cent, and it continues to fall.
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British Evangelical Head Issues Call for Unity
The head of Britain's evangelicals said if Christians allow themselves to become divided over "truth," there is something wrong with the truth they are telling.
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Five Years On, What Have We Learned?

It's a truism to say that everyone remembers where they were on September 11 five years ago. This editor was at a hospital chaplains' conference. The schedule collapsed along with the Twin Towers. We clustered around the TV set, appalled by what we saw.

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Report Warns Climate Change Could Kill Millions
A hard-hitting report on the effects of climate change from Christian Aid warns that poor people will continue to suffer disproportionately from its effects, and that progress on development could be nullified or even reversed unless action is taken.
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Baptists Attend World Council of Churches Assembly
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil--More than 60 Baptists attended a meeting with Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz at the ninth World Council of Churches assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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European Baptists Embrace New Approach to Missions
Even today, the image that comes to mind when many people in Europe hear the word "missionary" probably includes pith helmets and the British Empire.
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Group Asks Southern Baptists to Stop Efforts to Convert Jews
A leading Jewish organization condemned a proposed Southern Baptist Convention study on formally recognizing a "messianic" fellowship as an "evangelistic mission entity" to Jews.
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Baptismal Water is Thicker Than Blood
An extraordinary gathering of Baptists in Birmingham, England, took place last month. It was remarkable not just for the numbers gathered there--at least 12,000, and many more when day visitors are counted--but for the spirit in which the Baptist World Congress was conducted.
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Why Baptists Need to Dialogue with Jews
Many Christians aren't quite sure what to do with the Jews. On the one hand, we share part of the Jewish Scripture and part of the Jewish history in such a way that they have become our Scripture and our history.
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BCE Luncheon Aims at 'New Era' of Baptist-Jewish Relations
About 500 Baptists and Jews gathered for a Friday luncheon sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics encouraging "a new era" of improved relations between the two faiths.
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Nashville Religious Leaders Deal With Church's Anti-Semitism
More than 40 Nashville-area churches and synagogues studied Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, a 756-page book about the Christian roots and history of hatred of the Jews.
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The Jews, the Church and Baptists: Time for a Change?
Christendom has dissolved, but the seeds of anti-Semitism remain, as evidenced by the burning of synagogues in Marseilles and the anti-Semitic attacks in Montpellier and Paris at the beginning of April.
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