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Iowa Social Conservatives Hold Secret Meeting To Stop GOP Candidate

CNN | Shannon Travis | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one ma...

Should Christian Organizations Flee Bad Names?

Ben Stevens | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Groups like the Southern Baptist Convention and Campus Crusade are ready to move past the poor names that have defined them in the past. But how we should receive these name changes?

Howard Fineman

He Has Repented, But Is He Forgiven In Iowa? | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six months ago, Rick Tyler quit Newt Gingrich cold turkey. He left the former speaker's entourage after 12 years of serving as his spoke...

Our Father? The Religious Battle Over School Prayer

Neil J. Young | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Neil J. Young

The history of school prayer reveals that religious Americans have often been at the forefront of keeping prayer out of the nation's public schools.

Religion and Child Abuse

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Frank Schaeffer

The convergence of two news stories should be a wakeup call to alert us to the fact that there is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God.

The Two Men Kissing Gut-Check (a New Movie)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Home
Frank Schaeffer

Are there any people with attractive, balanced and grownup attitudes about sexuality left in America to guide us all to a better place? Yes there are. Meet the Leffews, a gay married couple.

Jon Ward

Evangelicals Expect Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election | Jon Ward | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The loudest objections to Mitt Romney's Mormonism have not yet been raised, according to evangelical leaders and conservatives. One m...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

From its foundations the American dream has trumpeted the equality of all humanity. Yet, all the while, our economic system has prioritized the "equality" of some while blocking its realization among others.

Why Christians Need A Secular World

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

To be secular is to be "non-religious" not "anti-religious." Science requires the acknowledgment of simple facts without regard for their "value" in supporting any grand system.

It's The Spirituality, Stupid: Vital Congregations Cultivate Personal Piety

David Briggs | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

It is puzzling that growing evidence showing the importance of congregations cultivating the spiritual lives of the faithful is so routinely ignored.

The Halloween Dilemma: Should Christians Trick or Treat?

Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion

Can Christians celebrate Halloween? It's a question that comes up every year for Christians who get 'spooked' by the idea of their children dressing ...

Evangelical Attacks Come Back To Iowa Voters

West Des Moines, IA Patch | Beth DalbeyEmail the Author | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, as evangelical Christians flexed their political muscle during Iowa Caucus season, Republican voter Kathy Arzani winced at scripted re...

Faith No More

Chez Pazienza | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Chez Pazienza

At this fragile point in our nation's history, the fact that our presidential candidates will feel that they have the latitude, even for a moment, to gush metaphysical politics-as-usual platitudes is simply terrifying.

The Mormon in the Room

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Robert Jeffress' anti-Mormon bigotry is exactly the kind of "spiritual tyranny" that George Washington warned us about. It has no place in American politics and GOP primary voters should reject it for what it is: un-American.

Stoking Liberal Fears Of Evangelicals

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 12.09.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Exhibit A is a recent op-ed ominously -- and incredulously -- titled "Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics." I saw it and thought to myself, "Uh-oh. This doesn't sound good."

Firebrand Pastor Defends Comments: 'I Am Not A Jeremiah Wright'

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

The Texas megachurch pastor who made waves at this year's Voter Values Summit is not backing down. One day after describing Mormonism as a cult an...

Herman Cain Responds To Perry-Backer Calling Mormonism 'A Cult'

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was warmly received Friday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., and he refused to engag...

Jon Ward

Perry Knocks Romney On Abortion, And Backer Calls Mormonism A 'Cult' | Jon Ward | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry opened a new front in the 2012 Republican presidential primary on Friday, implicitly questioning Mitt Romney’s pro-life aut...

Can Evangelical Theology Evolve With Science?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Can evangelical theology evolve in its relation to scientific inquiry or is it destined for extinction?

What's In A Name? A Lot If You're The Southern Baptist Convention

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

But the greatest reason for a change in name for the Southern Baptist Convention could be the need to break with its past and embrace an increasingly multi-ethnic reality in America.

Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Ironically, voices on both the right and the left want to falsely describe most evangelicals as zealous members of the ultra-conservative political base.

Why Evangelicals Are Fooled Into Accepting Pseudoscience

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

So why have evangelicals been so ready to reject the generally accepted conclusions of the scientific community on climate change? It has nothing to do with climate science per se.

Mitt Still Can't Beat Rick

James Moore | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
James Moore

Lucky Ricky Perry is the guy in the perfect position to win the GOP nomination by default. The Texas governor is neither as smart or as poised as the former Massachusetts governor, but he's close enough to be the first choice of the primary voters who will take their anger against Obama into the polls this winter and into next spring. Romney's repeated squishiness on social issues will give them pause and then his religion will help them make their decision to vote for Perry. In the end, Rick Perry will win. And the GOP will lose.

How to Make a Creationist Weep

Mark Morford | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Mark Morford

Do you want to know the real reason Barack Obama is going to win the 2012 election? The big, grinning hunk of overwhelming evidence that has little to...

Evangelicals Don't Believe Life Begins At Conception

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

It makes little sense to reject pacifism, to insist abortion is morally equivalent to the organized slaughter of millions of children and then to say that violence should never be used to end abortion.