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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.

Churches need to remove stigma from mental illness

Analysis: Churches must remove stigma of mental illness

Pastors and therapists say Christians must come to see mental illness for what it is — simply an illness — in order to be the hands and feet of Christ for those who suffer from it.

David Crowder’s final season with band leads to new solo album

David Crowder’s final season with band leads to new solo CD

After leading worship for events and performing concerts more than a decade, David Crowder and his band caught many fans off guard when they announced their final season together.

Oklahoma minister shares the gospel through TV hunting show

Brad Clay’s hunting show shares gospel with ‘good ole’ boys’

As a child, Brad Clay learned to love hunting and fishing before he learned to love Jesus. He still loves the outdoors, but now he uses that passion to introduce other men to Christ.

Religion helped sow seeds of future conflict after WWI

Baylor historian says religion permeated World War I

On the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” Baylor historian Philip Jenkins traces elements of a religious crusade in the global conflict that sowed seeds of future conflicts.

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Faith Digest: Americans exaggerate church attendance

Americans fib about their church attendance, a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute reveals.

 
 
 
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