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Who Is Pope Francis, Really?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

It does appear that Pope Francis has, to date, reflected the "culture of solidarity" he called for in Brazil, but does this really mean that we are looking at a potentially different Catholic church?

3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."

PHOTOS: 11 Horrific Book Burnings In History

Posted 05.10.2013 | Books

Eighty years ago today, 40,000 people gathered in the Opernplatz in Berlin to witness one of the most famous book burnings in history. Books by author...

With Election Of New Pope, Is It Time For Protestants To Rejoin Rome?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Might this be a moment when all sides of the Christian church lay aside their differences? More specifically as Protestants, has the Reformation passed its day?

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

German Catholics Wary About Upcoming Luther Festivities

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion

* 500th Reformation anniversary a major Protestant event * Catholics ready to attend if focus is wide enough * Bishop wa...

Martin Luther: Here I Stand

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As African Descent communities of faith, may we welcome those moments when they arise in others. May we pray that those stances of leadership will be in the shaping of future prophetic leaders. May we be people who can't sit still in the face of injustice, error and oversight.

Searching For The Real Martin Luther

Religion News Service | David Steinmetz | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Protestants have traditionally celebrated Oct. 31 as the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, a movement that di...

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

The Power of the Written Word

Susannah Meyer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

We can spread awareness of anything happening in the world, large or small. We may be able to prevent a negative outcome that could have arisen from help coming too late. And that can make all the difference.

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

Christopher Hitchens as a Martin Luther

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Hitchens (like Luther before him) forced everyone, including Christians, to be better people. Mess up and he called you on it. One couldn't afford to be an apologist hack around him. You either stepped up or got out of the way.

Psalm 46 And Living After The Death Of A Loved One

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Finality can bring you to the edge of despair and change your inner make-up. Those changes can be both painful and seem endless but also can give life.

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.

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?

WATCH: Because The World Needed A Rap About Picking Up Poop

Posted 09.17.2011 | Comedy

What's wrong with dog owners in Washington? Apparently, no one is scooping their pooch poop, which is bad for the delicate Puget Sound ecosystem. So t...

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 Gay Marriage Revolution Started Centuries Ago

James Peron | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
James Peron

It was only in 1546 that the Roman Catholic Church declared that a marriage was only valid if performed by a priest. The idea that marriage was a "sacrament" had more to do with the politics of the day than it did with theology.

Stage Door: Wittenberg, Arcadia

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Blending pop-culture references -- from The Wild One to Shakespeare to Freudian therapy -- playwright David Davalos sets his dynamic comedy in 1517 Germany.

Greeley MLK Denouncer Has Gun Permit Revoked

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GREELEY, Colo. — A Colorado radio station owner who aired an editorial denouncing the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has lost his gun p...

Faith Is Trusting God, Not Belief In Doctrine

Jeffrey Small | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Faith then is not belief in a certain doctrine about Jesus, but a trust in using him as an example of what it looks like to live a God-centered life.

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...

Bush and Memoirs

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

Former President Bush has written his recollections and there have been conflicting accounts of what, exactly, they are. Let me try and clarify the distinctions between the various genres of autobiography.

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven? Pretty Sure This One Did

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Reflecting on what transpired in the moments before and after her death, she seemed like so much more than "just" a dog. She was, like her eyes, soulful.

Good Friday: God, Forsaken

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

If Jesus on the cross actually is God on the cross, and if God on the cross is Godforsaken, if God comes to the cross to feel what it's like to be us at our most human, then what if the cross is also God's mea culpa?