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Can Faith Be An Excuse For Refusing To Serve Same-Sex Couples?

New York Times | MICHAEL PAULSON | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery — ...

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.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

More Latin America Catholics Are Leaving The Faith: Survey

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others ...

15 More Years: A Sermon on 2 Kings 20:1-7

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

I wonder if you would work very differently than you do now if you knew that your end would come in just 15 years. I wonder if you would spend time with your loved ones, invest in others' lives, and carry yourself very differently than you do now. I wonder if you would slow down in some things and speed up or be more committed in other things. I wonder.

Pentecostal Titans Macedo and Malafaia Square Off in Brazilian Elections

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pentecostal presidential candidate Marina Silva didn't make it into the runoff against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but her charismatic faith remains a significant factor in the final round of voting.

Will Hobby Lobby Exec's Bible Museum Only Feature Protestant Interpretations?

Reuters | IAN SIMPSON | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Hobby Lobby's Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both s...

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

The Pro-Life Issue Most Pastors Won't Preach About

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion

While many religious leaders have been vocal about abortion, same sex marriage and other social concerns, they have remained fairly quiet on one major...

The Catholic Cup: Brazil 2014

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

On one level the World Cup in Brazil resembles lived religion with fans as ecstatic worshipers at the cathedrals that are the massive soccer stadiums. But on another level, the current games to crown the quadrennial world champion couldn't be more Catholic.

Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis is a charismatic. Though I made the case for this in another HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff's penchant for Spirit-centered Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy.

Starve the Gay Controversy

Ken Wilson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

No matter what our perspective on the morality of same-sex relationships may be, it is time to discern where all the energy fueling this controversy is coming from and whom it serves.

Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The most salient trend, by far, is the impressive pluralization of Latino religiosity. On one hand, Catholicism is no longer the hegemonic faith among Latinos.

Alban Institute Closes After Forty Years

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As mainline Protestant denominations continue decades of decline, one of the main institutions helping educate its leaders announced Wednesday (...

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.

Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

John Shore | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
John Shore

Because the Christian year is rooted in the liturgical observances of ancient Judaism, it should not surprise us that over the centuries different strains of Christianity have developed different variations on the Christian year.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

These Are The Most Protestant States In America

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

Protestants and other non-Catholic or Mormon Christians make up 51% of Americans, according to a 2013 Gallup survey, and the states that are most Prot...

Rain Dance

Ben Daniel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Ben Daniel

You may have heard that California is experiencing a devastating drought. Sure, we're using social media to share photos of ourselves cavorting on the beach in Santa Cruz, wearing swimsuits on Martin Luther King Jr''s birthday so that loved ones in, say Ohio, will hate us, but things are getting really serious.

Why Protestant Pastors Should Follow Pope Francis' Lead

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.

Pope Francis: I Love This Guy

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

As this guy continues to go off script and shoot from the hip, he might be giving nightmares to his advisors and the core Vatican hierarchy, but he's touching a whole segment of the population that other pontiffs have been unable to reach.

October's Lesser-Known Holiday (The Most Important of Them All)

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
D. Michael Lindsay

How should the Christian community as a whole proceed into the coming centuries, in light of where it's been? I would suggest, and I certainly dare to hope, that we are entering into an era of invigorated ecumenism.

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.