Baptist higher education traces long tradition

Baptist higher education stands on the shoulders of a long tradition in Christianity linking knowledge to faith. The Apostle Paul, many of the early church fathers and important theologians like Augustine were respected for knowledge, both in religious and secular realms.

Devout less stressed than nonbelievers

Religion may provide a “buffer” allowing the devout to feel less anxiety when they make mistakes, compared with nonbelievers, according to new scientific research.

School Daze: Change in the air

Challenges to Baptist higher education that include finances, changing demographics and fragmentation of Baptist denominations are prompting insiders to reassess what it means to be a distinctively “Baptist” institution of higher learning.

Fight over N.Y. mosque becomes a partisan wedge issue

What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center near Ground Zero morphed into a fight over religious expression, and now it has turned into an election-year political brawl.

Analysis: Mosque decision leaves religious pluralism status unclear

The emotions and rhetoric surrounding the project suggest Islam’s role in the United States may be the latest battle front in an increasingly diverse society’s culture wars.

Faith Digest: Study reveals Amish growth

A new study says the population of North American Amish has increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years, causing many communities to turn westward in search of new land.

Is the Tea Party unbiblical? Depends on one’s perspective

When conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck warned church-goers to “run as fast as you can” if their pastors preach about “social justice,” was he also encouraging them to run from the Bible? That’s what some progressive Christian leaders are arguing as battle lines are drawn for the 2010 mid-term elections.

Focus on the Family announces more than 100 job cuts

Focus on the Family has announced 110 job cuts in the latest round of layoffs that the Colorado ministry attributes to the departure of founder James Dobson and the reduced financial support from donors.

Baptists react to marriage ruling; religious freedom not impacted

A federal judge’s Aug. 4 ruling declaring unconstitutional a California ban on same-sex marriage is either disastrous or a monumental step forward, depending on which Baptist leader you ask. But, according to church-state experts, it doesn’t directly affect religious liberty.

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
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