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.

2013 in Review

2013 in Review: Pope Francis dominates the headlines

The election of Pope Francis was the biggest religion story of 2013. But shifts in gay marriage, church-state relations and the Boston Marathon bombings all received front-page treatment.

Shift in Social Views

2013 marked shifts in views on social issues

The past year passed milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center.

Christmas commercial

Christmas a commercial holiday—not a sacred holy day—for growing number

Nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, but a new poll shows increasing numbers see the holiday as more tinsel than gospel truth.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Jesus is 'biggest'

It’s official. Jesus tops the list of the biggest names in human history, according to the authors of Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank.

Virgin Birth

Nearly three-fourths of Americans believe in Virgin Birth

Nearly three-fourths of American adults—including a significant number who claim no religion—believe Jesus was born of a virgin.

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