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Faith Digest: Court rules Ground Zero cross can stay at museum

Faith Digest: Court rules Ground Zero cross can stay at museum

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Faith Digest: Sudan bans church construction

Faith Digest: Sudan bans new church construction

Christians in Sudan frequently face arrests, impromptu questioning and expulsion. But conditions worsened after the government announced a ban on the construction of new churches.

Faith Digest: New religious emojis on the way

Faith Digest: New religious emojis on the way

In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.

Faith Digest: Cross on Mount Soledad can stay for now

Faith Digest: Cross on Mount Soledad can stay for now

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

How dying churches can find new life

How dying churches can find new life

A small but growing number of struggling evangelical congregations have found new life by teaming up with a larger church. The mergers allow small churches to reinvent themselves and bigger ones to extend their reach.

Faith Digest: Atheists offer invocations at government gatherings

Faith Digest: Atheists offer invocations at public gatherings

An atheist “prayer” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but in municipalities around the country, atheists, humanists, agnostics and other freethinkers are giving invocations at local government meetings.

Religious liberty under attack—or not

Religious liberty under attack—or not

An overreaching federal government threatens religious liberty, some Americans assert. A secular culture that values political correctness over truth imperils freedom of religion, others insist. Or maybe the perceived threat depends on perspective.

Do majority Baptists speak up for religious minorities?

Do majority Baptists speak up for religious minorities?

When the shoe is on the other foot, are Baptists willing to speak up for nonbelievers or followers of non-Christian religions who object to religious displays on government property?

Faith Digest: Religious giving down as philanthropy improves

Faith Digest: Religious giving down as philanthropy improves

The new Giving USA report shows a slight downturn for churches and other religious organizations against an improving charity landscape.

Political polarization challenges U.S. churches

Political polarization challenges U.S. churches

A new study finds that Americans increasingly identify with political views on the far right or far left, and that the center is shrinking. That could have profound implications for churches.

Faith Digest: evangelical support for immigration reform declines

Faith Digest: Evangelical support for immigration reform declines

Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Moviegoers want more faith-based films

Moviegoers want faith-based films; Hollywood delivers

More than half of Americans—56 percent—say they wish there were more movies with Christian values, according to a LifeWay survey.

Faith Digest: Poll reports greater acceptance of hot-button behaviors

Faith Digest: Hot-button behaviors more acceptable

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and increases in “moral acceptability” from last year.

Faith Digest: Atheists lose court battle with IRS

Faith Digest: Atheists lose court battle with IRS

A federal court dismissed three atheist groups’ suit against the IRS, in which they accused the tax agency of discriminating against nonreligious nonprofits.

Women in prison face distinctive challenges

Women in prison face distinctive challenges

Imprisonment is tough regardless of gender. But the more than 100,000 women behind bars in America—out of a total prison population of more than 2.2 million—face distinctive challenges.

 
 
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