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Novelist Rice claims she’s committed to Christ but leaving Christianity

Former vampire novelist Anne Rice says she’s leaving Christianity again because she no longer wants to be identified with such a “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”

Ground Zero controversy part of rise in anti-Islamic sentiment, experts say

The most recent prominent spat in the United States over building a new Islamic facility -- the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in New York -- is indicative of a broader movement that is becoming increasingly suspicious of accommodating Islam as any other faith would be under the First Amendment, according to religious-liberty experts.

Abortion strains religious-government aid coalition

Abstinence advocates say their approach to preventing AIDS, favored by conservative policy makers, has fallen out of favor with the Obama administration. As a consequence, many adstinence-based organizations aren't eligible for the same grants they once received.

Do all dogs go to heaven? New books seem to think so

About 170 million cats and dogs in the United States have found a place in the homes of American pet owners. And many whose pets have died have wondered if their beloved animal companions will be waiting for them in heaven.

Faith Digest: Methodists study healthy churches

United Methodists have recently concluded a study of more than 32,000 Methodist congregations across North America, seeking the key factors affecting vital congregations.

Warnings about sex, violence come to Christian movies

A new purple “Faith-Based” seal on Christian-themed DVDs warns of raw images or language, and a new gold “Faith-Friendly” seal indicates a Christian-themed movie that’s safe for a family audience.Video Included

Poverty-medicine clinic preaches the gospel of fitness

Fitness can, literally, be a life-and-death issue for people in underprivileged communities. So a Christian medical ministry in one of the nation’s poorest big cities is preaching the gospel of fitness through local churches.Video Included

Physical and spiritual exercise meet in NIA, divinity student says

Claire McKeever, a Baylor University graduate studying for the ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School, preaches that worship isn’t just for the soul. She teaches Neuromuscular Integrative Action, a mind/body/spirit exercise experience that combines yoga, martial arts and dance.

Should churches allow sex offenders in pews?

“All are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally?

Faith & Fitness: Exercise good, but only in moderation

The Bible portrays the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. But some caution that too much focus on “temple care” can become a sin.

Rick Warren hospitalized with eye injury

Rick WarrenSouthern Baptist mega-church pastor and Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren was recovering at home July 22 after being hospitalized overnight with eye injuries he suffered while gardening.

Churches start their own humanitarian aid agencies

As American Christians grow more skeptical and less dependent on traditional institutions, individual churches are starting their own humanitarian aid organizations, doing their own projects on their own terms.

Lines of church-state separation may get blurry in disaster zones

Relief workers acknowledge the close working relationship between government and religious agencies may blur the lines of church-state separation, especially when the desperation of victims pushes such concerns to the back burner.

Faith Digest: Church attendance up

A new Gallup Poll found Americans’ self-reported church attendance has increased slightly since 2008.

Musician teaches young girls that modest is hottest

Musician Jaime Jamgochian designed a popular "Modest is Hottest" T-shirt and started a conference that focuses on teaching young girls how to dress in the latest styles while maintaining modesty.
 
 
 
 
 
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