NEW YORK (RNS) If someone offered you the chance to live in a world designed to look and feel like the real one, but is actually a tidier, more ordered Stepford-ish facsimile, would you take it? For many Christians today, the answer appears to be yes. Call it Newton’s Third Law of modern Christianity, but for […]
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Somalia’s al-Shabab militants shot and killed more than 147 people, wounded dozens of others and held hundreds hostage Thursday (April 2) at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya. Five hundred of the hostages were reportedly rescued as the day went on, but it was unclear immediately whether the standoff had ended and […]
(RNS) Before this week, few people had heard of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or could even pronounce its acronym, RFRA (Riff-ra), even though there’s a federal version of the law and 20 states have passed their own versions. Is it a “license to discriminate,” as liberals claim, or a “protection of religious freedom,” as […]
(RNS) This is Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and a week that culminates in Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead. So what do colored eggs have to do with anything? Let us […]
(RNS) Muslims will overtake Christians by the end of this century. India, now mostly Hindu, will become the world’s largest Muslim country. The numbers of people with no religious identity will soar in the United States and Europe, but the unaffiliated will lose worldwide market share as Christians maintain a steady growth. All these changes are drawn from the Pew […]
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Tens of thousands of people in Leicester — England’s most religiously diverse city — are getting ready to honor the memory of a long-despised English king with a ceremony that testifies to the already warm relationship between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. The bones of King Richard III […]
In light of the recent LGBTQ inclusion vote by the Presbyterian church last week the folks at Pew Research have compiled some of the stats associated with the various Christian church’s, and other religions they keep tabs on, views towards gay marriage. In the past two decades, several other religious groups have moved to allow […]
WASHINGTON (RNS) “God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. The real order is family first (62 percent), followed by “being an American” (52 percent). “Religious faith” lolls way down in third place (38 percent) — if it’s […]
American Christianity is at a crossroads — again. It’s the latest in a long string of crossroads.
In the run-up to revolution, American branches of European denominations (such as my Anglican ancestors) had to declare loyalty to the crown or to an emerging rebellion.
In the 1830s, congregations throughout the restless nation had to decide whether they served whites or all people, including Native Americans.
In the mid-19th century, denominations were forced to choose between continued slavery and a commitment to freedom.
For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek excuse to party until we’re green in the face. But who was Patrick? Did he really drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain the Trinity? Why should […]