religion

Are right-wing evangelicals causing the rise in religious ‘nones’?

The number of Americans identifying as atheists, agnostics, or as not having any religious preference, collectively known as ‘nones‘, has reached record highs. At the time of writing, a full quarter of Americans claim no religious affiliation. The rise of nonreligious Americans over the last two decades has been rather dramatic, particularly when you recall that …

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Evangelical Alabamans: Don’t Vote for Moore, Even if His Christian Presuppositions are Correct

Source: https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/guest-commentary/evangelical-alabamans-don-t-vote-for-moore-even-if-his-christian-presuppositions-are-correct.html My great-uncle was Cornelius van Til. Uncle “Kees” (pronounced “Case”) was the Dutch-born Reformed Christian who originated presuppositional apologetics — the idea that what matters is whether your starting point is Christian belief. He taught it to evangelical thinker Francis Schaeffer when Schaeffer was his student at Westminster Seminary. As RNS reporter Yonat Shimron …

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Recent Study Finds Radicalized Muslims Have Little Actual Knowledge Of Islam

Extremists and Islamophobes alike have attempted to paint violent factions within Islam as the true expression of the faith. But a new study gives credence to what countless Muslim leaders, activists and scholars have argued: that groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State are Muslim in name alone. A group of German scholars at the Universities of Bielefeld and …

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Christian Geologist Wins Four-Year Fight over Grand Canyon Rocks

The National Park Service has finally agreed to let a Christian geologist collect rock samples from the Grand Canyon for research. Andrew Snelling, who has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Sydney, tried for four years to get permission to collect the samples. The park service only agreed after lawyers with Alliance Defending …

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Study finds the nonreligious can be more close-minded than the religious

New research indicates that religious believers can be better at perceiving and integrating different perspectives than atheists in Western Europe. “The main message of the study is that closed-mindedness is not necessarily found only among the religious,” the study’s corresponding author, Filip Uzarevic of the Catholic University of Louvain, told PsyPost. The research was published …

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Teach the Real ‘Personal Relationship with Jesus’

One of the greatest benefits I received from my youth pastor and Young Life leaders in high school was the critical observation that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. Having grown up in the 1980s and 1990s American South, where church attendance was often a compulsory cultural behavior, this delineation needed to be clear. …

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Video: Was America Founded to be Secular?

While many people today would argue that secularism is necessary in a free society, the fact is America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles which the Founders saw as essential to maintaining civil society. Joshua Charles, author of Liberty’s Secrets, explains in PragerU’s latest video that the Founders understood that a society can only remain free …

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What’s More Important to Americans–Religious or Sexual Freedom?

A new study has found that Americans are divided over whether religious freedom or sexual freedom is more important in situations in which the two clash. The study was conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research and surveyed 1,000 Americans. According to a press release from LifeWay, the study found that, in a situation in which sexual …

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Killing in the name of religion is sad and unacceptable!

A 13-member joint investigation team (JIT) has concluded that the lynching of student Mashal Khan was premeditated and no proof was found that he had committed blasphemy. Instead its report concluded Mashal was a victim of a conspiracy hatched by some student leaders and university employees as blasphemy allegations levelled against him were baseless. According …

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I went to a strip club

A while back I was asked by a group of pastor’s wives to go with them to strip clubs. That sentence alone sounds strange. But hang with me. At first I was a little hesitant. And not for reasons you might think. I love people. Especially ones who are broken; it’s part of my calling. …

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Elderly man sells firewood to pay wife’s medical bills – then passerby learns she’s already dead

When Jessica Pittman was driving through her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, last year, she couldn’t help but notice an elderly man standing next to his parked car by the side of the road. Curious, Jessica pulled up beside the man, who seemed to be selling something. The man introduced himself as Kenneth Smith, and he …

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My Date With a Prostitute

While in Malaysia in November, I had a weekend to rest and explore the city. I headed out without a plan, other than the goal to take pictures around the city and river. After winding through huge markets and different areas of the city, I had finally made it to the river. Spotting a nearby …

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