Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 AM
New Tests for Five-Day-Old Embryos Raise Pro-Life Concerns
John Burger, Aleteia
Will techniques lead to more discarding of IVF-created unborn children?
9 Things You Should Know About Mormonism
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Nine things you should know about the beliefs of one of America’s fastest growing religions.
The Difference Three Percent Makes
Betsy Childs, First Things
In the article“Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics,”Al Jazeera America draws attention to a trend that is either heartening or ominous depending on your side of the abortion divide.
Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?
William Oddie, Crisis Magazine
What exactly is going on, when Bishops and parish priests can so radically differ about the most elementary issues of faith and morals—about teachings which are quite clearly explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church—and when simultaneously one Cardinal describes such teachings as “crazy” and another simply expounds them as the immemorial teachings of the Church? Does nobody know what the Church believes any more?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:32 AM
Church of England Says Yes to Women Bishops
The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops.
Supreme Court: Government Can’t Make People Into Religious Hypocrites
Travis Weber, The Federalist
The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision recognized that who people are can’t be separated into separate ‘work’ and ‘faith’ boxes.
Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?
Alan Noble, The Atlantic
People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere?
Why the Culture Wars Are Nothing New
John Zmirak, Aleteia
Meet one medieval woman of faith who faced down church, state, and neighbor in defense of religious freedom.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:00 AM
June Cheng, WORLD
Pro-life efforts are growing in the nation with the most abortions. But saving lives in the womb is an enormous challenge—even within the church
We May Be Approaching Peak Porn
Brandon McGinley, The Federalist
Pornography is one vestige of sexual liberation that, despite wide use, people still aren’t willing to condone.
Romans 13 and the Immigration Crisis
Félix Cabrera, The Gospel Coalition
The principal New Testament text relating to government authorities is Romans 13. Does Romans 13 give unlimited power to the government to do what they want? History tells us that many notorious dictators and abusive governments have used Romans 13:1-5 out of context to abuse the power entrusted to them.
Senate Passes Special Envoy Bill to Prioritize State Department Engagement on Religious Liberty
Leanna Baumer, FRC Blog
The U.S. Senate took an encouraging step forward in the effort to force the State Department to prioritize the freedom of religion in diplomatic efforts globally. In a unanimous vote, the Senate cleared the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014 (S. 653).
Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Festival Where ‘Christianity’ Is Just Earth Worship
Alexander Griswold, The Federalist
Every year, Hot Springs, North Carolina hosts the Wild Goose Festival, a four-day musical and spiritual festival marketed towards Progressive Christians. This year, I made the trip to catalogue the more outrageous presentations, speeches, and goings-on.
When Christians killed & why Muslim violence continues
David Roach, Baptist Press
How the principle of religious liberty ended executions over doctrine.
How Evangelical Christians Do Money: On Tithing
Interview with Tara Leigh, The Billfold
I like nice things. I like new things. Tithing helps refocus me on things that matter, instead of those fleeting joys that will end up in a yard sale someday. In short, it demonstrates my faith while refocusing my desires around things that deepen my relationship with God.
Don’t Fall For These Six Myths About Monogamy
Amy Otto, The Federalist
Marriage and its necessary component, monogamy, are still the best game in town.
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:00 AM
A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.
Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker, National Review
Defying the secular culture, churchgoing Christians are sticking to Biblical teaching.
Is there a Rational Legal Basis for Traditional Marriage?
Robert Kraynak, Crisis Magazine
The average person is naturally intimidated by the judges and feels pressured to agree. If only the public knew how these judicial decisions were made. The district-court rulings involve the “equal protection” and “due process” clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution as they are applied to state marriage laws.
Justice Sotomayor Misses the Mark: Religious Non-Profits Should Prevail
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Public Discourse
The contradictory reasoning of Justice Sotomayor’s Wheaton dissent exposes a glaring weakness in the legal argument requiring religious non-profits to comply with HHS’s regulatory scheme.
A Bit Of Religion Can Be Bad For Marriage
Charles E. Stokes, Amber Lapp, and David Lapp, The Federalist
Attending church regularly during young adulthood appears to significantly decrease the risk of divorce, even for early marriages.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:01 AM
9 Things You Should Know About Islam
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Throughout the world, Muslims are observing their annual observance of Ramadan. Christians need to become more aware of Ramadan as well as the other practices and tenets of this fast-growing global religion. As an aid in that effort, here are nine things you should know about Islam.
The Right to Be Wrong
Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse
The right to religious freedom is for everyone, not just those with the “right” beliefs.
Nonprofits’ contraceptive cases next for justices
How much distance from an immoral act is enough? That’s the difficult question behind the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that is likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court.
European Court Decides Church Autonomy Case
Mark Movsesian, First Things
Russian judge calls clerical celibacy a human rights violation.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:00 AM
Church, State, and Human Trafficking
John Goerke, Public Discourse
For the common good, we must remember the ways in which church and state can mutually benefit each other—and watch for the ways in which the state threatens that relationship.
The Hobby Lobby Case Is a Small Victory, But a Real One
Andrew Quinn, The Federalist
Some pessimists say the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling is not a significant victory. They’re too gloomy.
Praying with Incense and the Wrath of God
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
Having determined that repentant prayer alone turns away the divine wrath, we should also consider two ritual gestures in which such prayer may be expressed: the offering of incense and the devout raising of the hands. Since Holy Scripture regards both these elevations as symbols of the soul’s ascent to God. It is no wonder we sometime find them joined in a unified ritual.
Free Contraception v. the Constitution
Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary
The decision that granted Wheaton College the right to avoid even the appearance of complicity in the use of such drugs provoked a particularly angry response from the court’s three female members.
Monday, July 7, 2014, 10:00 AM
A Perpetual Haven: Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Matters
Kim Colby, Public Discourse
Respect for religious conscience is not an afterthought or luxury, but the very essence of the American political and social compact. Adapted from testimony presented before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Anglicans Set to Remove Satan from Baptismal Rite
Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine
Declaring that the devil has departed from the Church of England’s baptism service, the Guardian reported on June 20 that “a simplified baptism which omits mention of the devil” is now favored by the clergy who have test-marketed it throughout the United Kingdom.
Let Religious Freedom Ring
Timothy George, First Things
Why it’s one of the most pressing issues today.
This is Iraq’s darkest hour
Louis Raphaël I Sako and Oliver Maksan, Mercatornet
A bishop in Kurdish Iraq criticizes Western indifference to the future of Middle East Christianity.
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:00 AM
9 Things You Should Know About Independence Day and the Declaration of Independence
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
July 4, 2013 will be America’s 238th Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here are nine things you should know about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration.
Faith Communities Are on the Front Line of Refugee Aid
Dale Hanson Bourke, OnFaith
The Abrahamic faiths share a command to welcome and care for the 45 million refugees around the world.
Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee
Andrew Doran and Drew Bowling, The Daily Beast
The advance of ISIS has ended over a thousand years of Christian worship in Mosul—the latest chapter in the long decline of Christianity in the Middle East.
The New Sins Of ‘Nonjudgmental’ Millennials
Daniel Payne, The Federalist
Millenials are like the Moral Majority, except genderqueer.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:00 AM
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Florida Moves to Protect Unborn Children
Philip Wegmann, The Daily Signal
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed H.B. 59, the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” into law last week. With the bill’s passage, Florida joins twenty-nine other states with laws that criminalize the deliberate harm or murder of an unborn child.
Survey: Domestic violence rarely addressed
Bob Smietana, Baptist Press
A new survey from LifeWay Research found most Protestant senior pastors say they know victims of domestic violence and believe stopping abuse is a pro-life issue. But, according to the study, those pastors seldom address domestic violence from the pulpit — and less than half have been trained in how to help victims.
Where Have all the Cultists Gone?
Philip Jenkins , The Anxious Bench
One of the most enjoyable academic conferences on religious studies is CESNUR, the Center for the Study of New Religions, and this past month we hosted the group’s annual meeting at Baylor. I spoke on a topic that I have addressed before, namely the sharp decline in public concern (or panic) about dangerous religious cults in the United States. As I will suggest, I believe this might mark a significant social trend, and perhaps even a bellwether for secularization.
Beauty is for the Poor, Too
Duncan G. Stroik, Crisis Magazine
What is the architectural corollary of Saint Francis of Assisi’s “holy poverty”? Is it the shantytowns of the third world or the stylish minimalism of first-world condominiums? When we build churches, schools, and soup kitchens, should they be cheap or at least look cheap?
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