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6 Questions for an Atheist Undercover in an Evangelical Church

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

If evangelical Christians believed they not only had a right to meddle in what I believed, but also in how my government operated, I thought I had a right to know who they were.

Fishing for Our Souls

J. Pittman McGehee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
J. Pittman McGehee

One of the most important lifelong tasks I continue to undertake is to offer hope, insight and healing for people who feel wounded by religion.

Phoenix Church Faces Rebuke For Feeding Needy

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PHOENIX — On Saturday mornings, crowds of homeless gather with other needy people at picnic tables outside a church in an upscale Phoenix neighb...

The Newest Old Business Trend

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Avital Andrews

Tithing -- offering a percentage of income for a cause -- dates back to the Old Testament. And lately its popularity is surging in the business world.

The Church and Gays: Can't Decide Whether to "Love 'Em" or "Leave 'Em?"

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Last Monday, employees at Catholic Charities were told they would lose spousal health benefits to "avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers," the latest spiteful move of Catholic Charities.

Foundation Urges Charitable Giving Among Nonreligious | Kimberlee Hauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Foundation Beyond Belief is urging atheists and secularists to donate more to charity in order to show that their generosity equals that of church...

A Louisiana Lawmaker Wants Concealed Weapons In Church | Ed Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A state lawmaker is proposing to allow people to carry concealed weapons to bring them to houses of worship as long as the pastor or church board appr...

Wherever Two Or More Are Gathered ... On Facebook

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cathleen Falsani

"There is no distance in the Spirit." After nearly 30 years as a believer, I experienced, powerfully and indelibly, the truth of that statement in an unlikely place: Facebook.

Obama Becomes More Private About His Religion

The Boston Globe | Ariel Sabar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

...But since President Obama took office a year ago, his faith has largely receded from public view. He has attended church in the capital only four t...

Why the Village People Don't Play Kampala

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Todd Hartley

If you showed up for church one Sunday, and the priest (or reverend or rabbi or imam or whoever) showed the congregation some gay pornography, what would you think?

Texas Churches Struck By Fires Following Arson Announcement

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DALLAS — A sheriff's dispatcher says fires have struck two more rural east Texas churches, just hours after investigators announced that a blaze...

Rev. Steven Poole Arrested: Catholic Priest Accused Of Shoplifting Butter, Sofa Cover

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WEST CITY, Ill. — A Roman Catholic priest was accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in southern Illinois. Police arrested...

Joseph Reyes Violates Court Order By Taking Daughter To Church, Could Face Prison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joseph Reyes was doing Sunday what millions of parents do all across the country: taking his daughter to church. But for this 35-year-old father w...

Ill. priest attempts suicide after abuse claim

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Roman Catholic priest who was removed from his suburban Chicago post because of an abuse allegation was in intensive care Thursday a...

ACLU Attorney Who Fought For Miranda Rights Rules Against the Poor

Auburn McCanta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Auburn McCanta

The attorney who introduced the concept of Miranda rights into U.S. legal doctrine ruled this month that poor church members can't eat pancakes before a worship service.

Burned-Out Church Had Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A former Bronx synagogue that was turned into a church was torched by assailants who smeared Satanic graffiti on its walls. "We have...

A Church That Pays You To Attend Services

SouthtownStar | Guy Tridgell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Rev. Dan Willis is passing the collection plate in reverse. He will give you money to go to church. ...

German Officer accused of having sex in church

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Police in southern Germany said an officer has been suspended from duty after allegedly having sex in a Catholic church during a servic...

Judge Orders Phoenix Church To Stop Feeding Homeless

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The homeless in Phoenix, Ariz. will have to find a new place for a pancake breakfast after a court ruling forced a neighborhood church to shut down it...

The Great Marriage Debate (In Victorian Britain)

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alan Elsner

Adam Kuper's Incest & Influence describes one of the most protracted political battles that gripped Victorian Britain: a law that prohibited marriage between a man and the sisters of his deceased wife.

Ministers confront Glenn Beck outside his Christmas stage show (Video & Photos)

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Rucker

Rev. Tillard speaks out against Glenn Beck Last night, Glenn Beck performed "The Christmas Sweater" -- a stage play that was broadcast live in theat...

Mitch Albom's "Have A Little Faith" Fixes Hole In Church Roof (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mitch Albom's newest book, "Have a Little Faith" focuses in part on a struggling Detroit church that didn't have enough money to repair the hole in it...

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...

Will Spirituality Ever Be Serious?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

All too often, however, spirituality reinforces rather than transcends conventional limits, boundaries, and notions of the ego. Sandwiched in between manicures and lunch dates, the quickie yoga class becomes just another way to augment and reinforce the self.

The Lottery Question

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Everyone has dreams and desires but usually keep them hidden, back in the recesses of their minds. The lottery question gets those dreams and desires out in the open, on the front burner.