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.

Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty fans rally after Phil suspended by A&E

The pastor to Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson rushed to his defense after the reality TV star came under heavy criticism for his comments about homosexuality and the Bible.

Polygamy ruling

Conservatives say Utah polygamy ruling confirms worst fears

Fueling debates over marriage and religious freedom, a federal judge declared unconstitutional Utah’s laws criminalizing polygamy, ruling on a case involving the Brown family from the cable TV reality series Sister Wives.

West Bank

Christians helping Jews, Palestinians in West Bank

Christian involvement in the disputed West Bank the spans the political divide. Some are donating and giving hands-on help to Israeli settlers. Others are supporting Palestinian farmers harvest their olives.

Adventure ministry

Adventure, environmentalism offer off-road route to God

Some religious leaders are turning their ways of living the faith inside out. They’re taking believers into the woods, rivers and deserts to find spiritual truth through adventure and environmental awareness.

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