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What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

God doesn't need the protection of black belt theological defenders. But to the extent that God gets a kick out of anything, I suspect it has to do with the love we show one another and the awe with which we behold the universe.


Martin Marty | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Biblically informed observers observe that there is something biblically-nuanced about movements which, though obscure and once-powerless, are now changing the Christian Church in European and other parts, while the big and powerful churches rarely prosper. Yes, how ironic.

Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical Divide

Randall Balmer | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Randall Balmer

Progressive evangelicalism helped propel Carter to the White House. But another group of evangelicals, who eventually coalesced into a movement known as the Religious Right, began agitating to deny Carter, their fellow evangelical, a second term.

An Appeal to Evangelical Pastors Conflicted by the Gay Controversy

Ken Wilson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Some of you believe that the traditional consensus of the church regarding homosexuality is essentially correct. We must fight to defend it, come what may. Others are not so sure. This appeal is for the "not so sure."

You May Be Surprised How Many Born-Again Christians Use Ashley Madison

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Divorce

Having faith doesn't necessarily mean you're faithful... to your spouse. A new survey conducted by Ashley Madison -- a dating website for people a...

Hispanic Evangelicals: Climate Change, Family and Flock

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

Leading on climate is not only a moral imperative. It is how I honor my responsibility as a husband, a father and a Christian. Won't you join me?

Jon Ward

Evangelical Leader Not Waving White Flag On Gay Marriage | Jon Ward | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since becoming the political point man a year ago for the Southern Baptist Convention, Russell Moore has more than once been interpreted...

11 Reasons Christianity Needs Feminism

Eliel Cruz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Without women leaders in visible places of our church, we hinder young people by not teaching them to look up to women.

Megachurch Pastors Leave Evangelical Network Amid Sex Abuse Controversy

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Two pastors have left a Reformed evangelical group after a pastor from the Maryland megachurch they oversaw confessed to covering up sex abuse c...

Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The most salient trend, by far, is the impressive pluralization of Latino religiosity. On one hand, Catholicism is no longer the hegemonic faith among Latinos.

Evangelicals Push For Immigration Reform At Capitol Hill

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Trying yet again with new voices, more than 250 evangelical pastors came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday (April 29) to push for immigratio...

A Response to Rev. Franklin Graham

John Sonego | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Sonego

I asked my youngest son, Matthew, who is 15, to watch the This Week segment with me. His only reaction was to snort dismissively when Graham spoke about gay parents and adoption. "What does he know?"

'A Letter to My Congregation': An Evangelical Pastor Addresses the LGBTQ Question

Greg Carey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Somehow folks have turned human sexuality into the litmus test for faithful Christianity. Speaking as a pastor, Ken Wilson reminds us that our church conversations involve not abstract principles, but people.

An After-Easter Meditation for the Cosmos Generation

Russ Pierson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Russ Pierson

While I am certainly a creationist, I am decidedly not a "Creationist" with a capital "c," and I am quite content with deGrasse Tyson's description of the very beginnings of our universe.

Can You Be An Evangelical And Support Gay Marriage?

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Two weeks ago, Christian non-profit organization World Vision announced it would recognize employees' same-sex marriages, then promptly reversed its d...

Bible Nudniks

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Whether they think every word in the Bible is true and want to beat you over the head with it, or every word in it is false and it has to be ripped to...

Lynne Peeples

Climate Change Threats To 'The Least Of These' Compel Evangelicals To Act | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

"Climate change is a really bad reason to get divorced." Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist, recalled the trial she and her husband And...

Evangelicals Punish World Vision for Walking Down 'The Romans Road'

Ken Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

The evidence for the existence of anything like modern day monogamous gay unions in that time is sketchy at best. I love my Bible as much as any evangelical and I think there's a great case to be made that the Bible is simply silent regarding same-sex covenantal unions.

How The World Says 'Thank You' To Billy Graham

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The grandchildren of evangelist Billy Graham have long been influenced by their famous “Daddy Bill.” But the children of daughter Virginia ...

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Young Evangelicals Change Look of the Culture Wars

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

he culture wars might be heating up in these parts as the Oregon Family Council and allies mobilize for a ballot measure exempting Christian business owners from providing services for same-sex weddings.

World Vision President Tries To Explain Disastrous Week

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

In an attempt to create unity, World Vision managed to create a hornet’s nest around the issue of same-sex marriage. Its president Rich Stearns open...