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Pentecostal Titans Macedo and Malafaia Square Off in Brazilian Elections

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pentecostal presidential candidate Marina Silva didn't make it into the runoff against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but her charismatic faith remains a significant factor in the final round of voting.

Bible Video Game Features King David Like You've Never Seen Him Before

Motherboard | EMANUEL MAIBERG | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

Business-wise, it's not a bad idea. If Christian rock bands like P.O.D. and Creed can release multi-platinum records, and Mel Gibson can make more tha...

Who Knew I'd Write a Book on Atheism and Jesus That Would Help a Jew Connect More Deeply With His Jewish Spirituality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and ...

Kate Sheppard

Evangelicals Urge Rick Scott To Act On Climate Change As A 'Pro-Life' Issue | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

A group of evangelical Christians is taking to the airwaves in Florida to urge Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take action on climate change, arguing th...

Changing Marriage Laws Won't Change the Hearts and Minds of Evangelicals

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

More and more evangelical conservatives are rethinking their position on gay marriage because they've discovered that, no matter what their theological convictions may be about marriage and sexuality, these beliefs need not dictate legislation over our pluralistic nation.

Left Behind

Martin Marty | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

When movies with biblical or Christian themes (e.g., the recent Noah) get panned, one hears instant charges that they are regarded as bad simply because they treat such themes.

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

LISTEN: Rapture Rhapsody: Is 'Left Behind' Really A Christian Movie?

Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion

Welcome to the HuffPost Religion Podcast All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together offers a unique perspect...

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Why Do You Think So Many Atheists Seem So Evangelistic?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.

Creating Creationists: Cutting Out the Middle in the Science-Religion Dialogue

David Briggs | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The debate about whether science and religion are adversaries often misses the fact that many people are comfortable both with their faith and the idea God plays a role in the universe.

The Princess of the Dominican Republic

Daniel Davis | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

I had the opportunity in April of this year to join a group traveling to the Dominican Republic to minister to their "ultra-poor." My expectation was that we would be able to provide some needed food and supplies. What I never expected was to cross the path of a woman who towered above we visiting Americans in passion, heart and character.

This Female, Evangelical Candidate Could Win Brazil Presidency

Reuters | By Anthony Boadle | Posted 11.28.2014 | Religion

BRASILIA, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as presiden...

Waning Influence of Religion in America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.

Is Adoption Good? Rick Warren Meets Kim Kardashian

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

We started to question adoption. Is adoption, we thought, not often a definitive solution for temporary problems? If these problems were more seriously addressed by social services and with less time pressure, would these adoptions have been necessary?

¿Cuánto Cuesta? Evangélicos and Climate Change Inaction

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

As an evangelical, I believe that "I am my brother's and sister's keeper." That means that I have a moral responsibility to protect those closest to me, as well as my "neighbors" around the world.

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: A Response to Our Critics

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Unfortunately, the arguments leveled against us by our critics had little to do with our mission. Instead, we faced mischaracterizations that bore only a passing resemblance to our statement of belief, and even faced some misguided attacks on our personal standing as evangelical Christians.

The Surprising Friendship Between Billy Graham And Bono

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Billy Graham has had many high-profile friends over the years, and among them is U2 frontman and international rockstar Bono. Bono is open abou...

Is It Time for Government to Recognize the Rights of Pastafarians?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Whether or not you think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a joke, the stakes are quite serious. Indeed, they go right to the heart of two essential questions: What is nature of religion, and what is the role of government?

Mars Hill Church Begins Church Closures

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Mars Hill Church announced on Sunday the closure of three of its church locations due to financial strain, with a possible fourth on the horizon. D...

Victoria Osteen's Sermon Seriously Upset A Lot Of Christians

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen received backlash from the Christian community after video footage of an August sermon surfaced showing Oste...

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

Pastors Blast Mark Driscoll In 4,000-Word Letter

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A letter from nine Mars Hill Church pastors to their fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism yet of controversial megachurch pastor Ma...

Dancing at the Perimeters of Faith

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Before social justice became trendy among evangelicals, people of all denominations, faiths, and philosophies had already been steadily working in the trenches without fanfare, caring for the least of these with a quiet strength.

Evangelical Leaders Head To Israel To Show Their Support

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Several high-profile evangelical leaders will travel to Israel next week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip put to...