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The Legacy Of Evangelical Preacher George Whitefield

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) If YouTube had existed in the 1700s, George Whitefield, hailed by scholars as the best-known evangelist of that century, would have been all ove...

Hispanic Evangelicals Call For Criminal Justice Reform

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

We should be asking how we can best respond to crime in ways that help communities to be safe, healthy, healed, and whole. We should work to prevent crime before it's too late. We should hold people accountable for the harm they have caused, but we should do it in ways that create opportunities for different choices in the future.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

The biggest danger creationism plays, according to Bill Nye the "Science Guy," is that it is raising a generation of children who "can't think" and w...

What Happened When Louis Zamperini Met Billy Graham

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Two October evenings in 1949 brought together an alcoholic war hero and a fiery young evangelist. From then on, neither would be the same. Th...

Are You Being Persecuted This Christmas? Here's A Helpful Chart

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

It’s that time again. Last week, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly launched his annual offensive against the alleged “War On Christmas.” For s...

White Christians Are Taking A Stand

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) “African-American brothers and sisters, especially brothers, in this country are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be exec...

Evangelicals Take A Stand For Clean Energy

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are teaming up with environmentalists to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to substantially reduce c...

Here's What Happened To Rob Bell, The Pastor Who Questioned Hell

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Rob Bell was once the evangelical It Boy, the hipster pastor with the thick-rimmed glasses and the skinny jeans whose best-selling theology was ...

The Competitive Spirits of Latin America

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Religious economy with its focus on the dynamics of competition gives insight into the larger Latin American trends confirmed by the new Pew survey.

Not just LGBT Issues: Why Hundreds of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations

David Briggs | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.

The Conspicuous Absence of Biblical Values in the Immigration Debate

Zack Hunt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.

Evangelicals Split Over Obama's Immigration Action

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders ...

The Cast Of Mark Burnett And Roma Downey's Latest Bible Series 'A.D.' Revealed

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion

Hollywood producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are giving fans a sneak peek at the cast of their highly-anticipated television series, “A.D.” ...

Hollywood Pastor's 'World Adoption Day' Effort Gets A $4 Million Crowdfunded Boost

Forbes | Evan Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

The first ever “World Adoption Day” is set for November 9th, 2014. The brainchild of entrepreneurial pastor, Hank Fortener, the campaign also incl...

Billy Graham Turns 96

AP | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham. Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday Friday with...

LISTEN: What Was The Faith Factor In The 2014 Midterms

Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

White Evangelicals Showed Up En Masse For The Midterm Elections, Helping To Tip The Scales For The GOP

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

White Evangelicals turned up at the polls in large numbers on Tuesday, playing a key role placing Congress in the hands of the Republican Party. Ev...

Evangelical Myth Won. Wall Street Won. The Banks Won. America Lost.

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Since the economy has rebounded, health care reform has worked, all that remained for the GOP was to lie. And since the base of the GOP is white aging southern evangelicals the GOP was in luck. These are easy folks to lie to.

An Evangelical Alternative To Halloween

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

Every Halloween, some conservative evangelical churches across the United States offer thrill seekers a faith-based alternative to the haunted house...

The Day Jesus Redefined Marriage

Zack Hunt | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

The thought behind the outcry being that marriage has always been the exact same institution ever since the dawn of time or at least since the dawn of the Bible. Same-sex marriage, it is argued, is a radical departure from this unbroken tradition. But does the Bible actually present "marriage as an unchanging picture?"

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

Russell Moore Denounces 'Ex-Gay Therapy'

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment tha...

Southern White Evangelical Decline

Martin Marty | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Southern Evangelicals Dwindling--and Take the GOP Edge With Them" screams a headline in the online Atlantic. I'll exegete the meaning of the first three words of that headline, and leave the last seven to prognosticators, politicians, and pollsters.