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What is abortifacient?

'Abortifacient'? Definitions fuel Obamacare fight

Conception. Pregnancy. Abortion. Abortifacient. Those words today are in a rhetorical swamp where contesting religious, medical and political views muddy understanding. And soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will wade in.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Is cremation green?

Although traditional Islam and Judaism forbid cremation, most other religions accept the practice—and cremation is the fastest-growing way Americans choose to deal with their bodies after death. But is it green?

       
sharing medical bills

Some Christians see sharing medical bills as a godly alternative

Despite the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act a growing number of American Christians have joined so-called health sharing ministries—faith-based alternatives to insurance.

       
divorce rates spread

Study: Conservative Protestants’ divorce rates spread to their red state neighbors

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates. So are their neighbors, according to a new study.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Super Bowl faith

Most Americans don’t think God will pick the Super Bowl champion or any other sports winner.

       
Atheists and fatherhood

Do absentee fathers create atheists?

A once-popular book that links atheism with shoddy fathering is getting a second life with a new publisher, thanks, in part, to the rise of nonbelief in the United States.

       
Medical ethics

Ethicists criticize treatment of brain-dead patients

The cases of two young women—a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother—have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Campolo closing his ministry

Tony Campolo announced the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, a progressive organization he founded nearly 40 years ago, will close June 30. 

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Anglicans lose 'devil' from baptism ritual

The Church of England has been accused of watering down its baptism service by introducing an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their sins or reject the devil.

       
Thai sex trade

American evangelicals work to end sex trafficking in Thailand

Dozens of American groups, many of them evangelical Christians, have entered Thailand in recent years to fight the sex trade, which by some estimates generates 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

       
Evolution views driven by religion

Survey: Evolution views driven by religion more than education

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education.

       
Digital devices

Divine devices or digital distractions?

Want to Tweet that particularly provocative quote from Sunday's sermon? Go ahead. Pastors increasingly are encouraging digital devices in worship services, which they say expands their congregation's community.

       
in-person preaching

Americans prefer in-person preaching to video

Most Americans still prefer a real-live preacher to a video sermon, according to a survey from LifeWay Research.   

       
seminary online degrees

Despite hesitancy, seminaries branch out in online degrees

Theological education increasingly has left brick-and-mortar schools and headed back to congregations and family homes as more seminarians study online.

       
 racial minority

Study: Minorities less likely to be involved in church

Even in multiracial congregations, the experiences of all racial groups are not equal, a Baylor University study shows.

       
 
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