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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.

Celebrating The Interruption Of Death

Shane Claiborne | Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It is this dual conviction that no one is above reproach and that no one is beyond redemption that lies at the heart of our faith. Undoubtedly it's why the early Christians were characterized by non-violence.

A Former Liberty University Student Reflects On Jerry Falwell's 9/11 Remarks

Austin Carty | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

I now look back to that time and that mentality and realize that, while evil most certainly exists, it takes on its greatest form when we so cavalierly ascribe it to those we perceive as different from us.

Jaweed Kaleem

Prominent Evangelicals Make Appeal Ahead Of 9/11 | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK -- As Americans continue to debate the controversial decision by New York City officials to not include clergy-recited prayers in the Sept. 1...

Evangelicals Divided On Gay Marriage

Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) It's not news that young people are more liberal on issues like same-sex marriage, but a new po...

Cows on the Beach: Exposing Our Political Shadows and Lessons on Sharing

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is true. There were cows on the beach -- on a beach of a deliciously gorgeous, multicultural, blue-violet-turquoise sea in Corsica, the French isla...

A New Leader For Evangelical Up-And-Comers

Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service WENHAM, Mass. (RNS) For the past decade, sociologist D. Michael Lindsay has been living the very phe...

Why Evangelical Candidates Stop at Red and Don't Go Green

Brenda Peterson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

If God has thrown us sinners out of His garden, why become gardeners?

Setting the Record Straight: Michele Bachmann, Francis Schaeffer and the Christian Right

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the talking heads might say about Bachmann's so-called dominionist philosophies or Rick Perry's right-wing leanings, they are first and foremost politicians -- answering to a higher call that ends at the ballot box.

The Effect On Faith Of Being Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader

David Briggs | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars agree further study is needed, but so far, the latest research indicates those who assume religion will slowly wind down as higher education rates increase are mistaken.

Romney Could Benefit From New Alignment In 2012 GOP Field

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

It’s now three on a match atop the 2012 Republican presidential race, an inherently unstable dynamic that could singe each of the party’s leading ...

Christina Wilkie

Bachmann's Pet Causes: Christian, Controversial | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

This article is part of a series in which HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. How much and...

Why I Didn't Attend Rick Perry's Prayer Rally

Carl Medearis | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Carl Medearis

For the past 20 years, I've had the privilege of helping lead a delegation from the Middle East to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual eve...

Where Were the Gays at Rick Perry's Mega Prayerfest?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

For Perry to have moral authority, he cannot as a governor call Americans to a Christian rally that by its invitation and sponsors exclude LGBT people, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and many others.

Has The Bible Become An Idol?

Skye Jethani | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Skye Jethani

In our zeal to honor the importance of the Bible and extol its usefulness, we may unintentionally do the opposite. We may reduce the Bible from God's revelation of himself to merely a revelation of divine principles for life.

Remembering Senator Mark Hatfield

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

Today, the leaders of the "New Evangelicals" and millions of others in the wider evangelical family, remember and laud Hatfield's bi-partisan style, generosity of spirit, and the public-policy values he endorsed.

A Christian Plea For Public Education

Austin Carty | Posted 10.06.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

There is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith (whatever that faith may be).

Evangelicals And Masculinity

Greg Carey | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

Joe Nelms' inappropriate use of public prayer is symptomatic of a larger disorder among evangelicals -- masculinity compensation disorder. The movement needs aggressive treatment.

Are Fundamentalists Fundamentally Violent?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

How can we decide if a person is a fundamentalist? Does his creed or religion in its most fundamental source document, its holy book, teach a violent manifesto?

Frequent Bible Reading Tied To Social Justice, Openness To Science

David Briggs | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

As individuals read the Bible, "Frequently, I think, people come to a new position, or find some nuance in what they already thought," he said.