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Protestant Reformation

Women Priests Are a No-Brainer: Banning Them is Just Dumb

Celia Wexler | Posted 11.07.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

I never thought that the fight for women priests in the Catholic Church was my fight. I never wanted to become a priest, so it seemed a bit remote to ...

The Once and Future Faith

Shayne Looper | Posted 10.10.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

Christianity has changed over the years. This change has not taken place in Christianity's core beliefs, which are substantially the same as they were at the beginning. The change has happened in its outward expressions. The soul of the faith is little altered; its body has changed.

Modern Germans Reenact Medieval Battles

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

While filming our Protestant Reformation documentary in Germany, we decided to use Rothenburg's 16th-century settings to do my "on cameras." It was perfect: Its Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum is the best of its kind.

Documentary Style à la Ken Burns

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Ken Burns can enthrall me for hours on end with lavishly filmed, edited and narrated history. It's my hope that our hour-long special on Luther and the Reformation will be enthralling too.

Reformation Shoot

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're in Germany filming a one-hour special about Martin Luther and the Reformation which will be released in a year for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther's Been Kidnapped!

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We've begun a twelve-day TV shoot in Germany for a public television special celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (due out in late 2016). Perhaps you don't know yet how exciting this is.

The 'Faith Militant' On 'Game Of Thrones' Were Inspired By A Real Religious Movement

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion

If you know more than Jon Snow, you’ll know that religion in Westeros bears striking similarities to faith in the real world. Game of Thrones au...

The Islamic State, The Münster Rebellion, And the Apocalypse

Boria Sax | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Boria Sax

The crisis of Islam today, as it fragments into antagonistic factions, bears some resemblance to that of Christianity in the sixteenth century. Yet even detailed historical patterns can be like faces that we see in clouds, landscapes that we see in agate, or prophesies of the Delphic oracle.

Man Between God and the Devil: Martin Luther and the Reclamation of Halloween

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

What if I looked at on this Reformation Day Oberman's critique in light of Halloween how would Luther speak today in that reclamation? What would a reclaimed Halloween express?

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon the 221st General Assembly when commissioners voted to amend the definition of "marriage" in the Book of Order from a union of "a man and a woman" to a union of "two people."

Calvinism and Conflict

Martin Marty | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Saturday was the day set aside for the annual festival commemorating "The Conversion of St. Paul." Did anyone notice? Still, Paul is "all over the place" in Christianity. Almost everything about him evokes or signals conflict.

Catholics, Lutherans To Mark 500 Years Since Split -- Together

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan and Tom Miles PARIS/GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - Senior Roman Catholic and Lutheran officials announced on Monday they ...

The Council Of Trent, 450 Years Later

John W. O'Malley | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
John W. O'Malley

The sad fact is that even many theologians, Catholic and other, have only a generic grasp of the council as a historical happening, and, hence, are led to pronounce judgments on it that are misleading and, generally, more negative than the council deserves.

Easter: A Moveable Feast

William Grassie | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

This year Easter will be celebrated on March 31, but in 2014 it will occur on April 20. The reason has to do with the mismatch between the periodicity of the sun and the moon and the long history of human efforts to create a reliable and consistent calendar.

Fox News Coverage On Pope Not All That Fair And Balanced

Bethany Blankley | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

Watching Fox News, one would think that the Roman Catholic view is the only Christian view in America. It isn't: 51.5 percent of Americans self identify as Protestants -- more than double the number of Catholics.

A Subversive Appeal For Religious Reform

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Condemned by the Catholic Inquisition, "The Praise of Folly," in its assault on divisive and militant religion, ranks as one of the more subversive works in the history of the Church. In our own age of religious strife and intolerance, it is a message that can hardly be preached too often.

A History of the World in Rolling Stones Concerts

Jerry Adler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

Eleven years after the benefit concert in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was held at Madison Square Garden, many of the same top musicians came together to raise money for those suffering from Superstorm Sandy.

Celebrating The 500-Year-Old Activist Queen Catherine Parr

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Parr's efforts came at a time when the Mass and the Bible were in Latin. Millions worshipped with very little knowledge of what the church actually supported. Priests even repeated the mass without understanding the Latin they spoke.

'Gods, Gays and Guns' (EXCERPT)

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

In the post-9-11 era, one has been able to interchange the words "Christian," "conservative," "religious," "right," and "Republican" in one sentence without necessarily changing the meaning of the sentence.

Protestantism Today

Mark Noll | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Mark Noll

Most of the world's Protestants adhere to a characteristic message that defines peace with God as a result of the'gospel: God's merciful gift revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

When A Family Member Converts

Craig Harline | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Craig Harline

What are the choices when a loved one leaves the family faith (or non-faith)? Though we may think we're far beyond the bickering of our forebears, our choices have remained much the same since the Reformation.

Rethinking Christian History: Understanding Christopher Columbus And Martin Luther

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses. So began two stories that have shaped the West since the 16th century. But what happens if we link the two?

Does Islam Really Need A Martin Luther?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

When Christians call for a Muslim Martin Luther, they are assuming not only that Islam lacks reformers but that Luther's version of Christianity is a perfect model that any Muslim reformer should strive to emulate.

The Egyptian Revolution And Theological Reformation

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Of the many comparisons regarding the amazing events that have unfolded in Egypt over the last few weeks, I've been especially interested in comparisons to the Protestant Reformation.

Lutheran Leader Seeks Communion Agreement With Pope

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Luigi Sandri Religion News Service ROME (RNS/ENInews) The president of the Lutheran World Federation is calling on Lutherans and Catholics to issu...