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'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

Does a President's Faith Make Any Difference in How He Governs?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

CNN.com's John Blake reports: We elect a president every four years, but perhaps we also elect a high priest.  Ever since George Washington spontaneously added “so help me God” to his inaugural oath, Americans have expected their presi ...

Family Comes First for Fast-Growing Jehovah’s Witnesses
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Jehovah's Witnesses now have more than 1.1 million U.S. members and are one of the country's fastest-growing denominations, with personal evangelism required of all members. ...

Finding Faith in America's Most Secular City
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

SEATTLE — In 1962, when my younger brother was just four years old, this city perched on the nation's northwest rim held a World's Fair that imagined a glistening future. Grounded in a vision of scie ...

Thomas Jefferson: Our Least Religious President
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

In his new book, "The Jefferson Lies", Barton argues that academics have spread a series of falsehoods about Jefferson — that he was a racist, a secularist and an advocate of strict church/state sepa ...

Religion Will Play Key Role in Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What Americans ought to know by this time in their history, though, is that religion is seldom far from their politics. Stephen Mansfield writes for The Huffington Post ...

Standing with Nuns, Standing for Compassion
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

This incident has inspired thousands to react in solidarity with American nuns. Long before the Vatican statement was released, however, I’ve had a sense that compassion is something powerful enough to trigger ...

Don’t Think Too Hard; You’ll Kill God (Day Nine)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

It’s not hard to understand why lots of folks are howling that such postmodern theology is yet another subversive form of atheism, intent on killing God once and for all. But if that’s really all there is to o ...

Losing My Religion and Other Interesting News
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

We who believe something other than American Fundamentalism have failed these people. We have failed again and again to successfully offer the alternatives to Fundamentalism. Some ...

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

There’s the trend of “third space” ministry, getting out of the four walls of the church building and meeting people in different, typically “secular” contexts. Author and theolog ...

Young Millennials: Rethinking Religion
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

One in four young millennials (age 18-24) identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated—up from 11 percent in their childhood. But the distinguishing factor for this age group is that the “unaffiliated” labe ...

Religious Belief Highest in Developing and Catholic Countries
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries and Catholic societies. ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

Faith is Certain and Endless
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

Faith alone offers no guarantees. Faith is not the proof of our beliefs, but rather the hope that what we choose to believe in is right. While the proven theories in life can only extend to a given limit, the ...

Easter: Not for Religious People
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

At Easter we are given a chance to again know and experience the character of God. And it is so much better than any human-made institution of religion. “When religion ruled t ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Both Sides Gearing Up for Same-Sex Marriage Fight in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:21am | Type: Blog

WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stake ...

TRANSCRIPT: Barack Obama and The God Factor Interview
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

In 2004 I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop in Chicago. We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. No handler, no spokesperson, no notes. He seemed to be relaxed and at eas ...

Customer Service 101
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Like it or not, customers arrive with certain expectations. Ignore them at your peril. ... People tend to be good judges of what matters to them. Here's a parable on clueless ...

Tripp Hudgins' First Thoughts: The Beloved of God
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 9:26pm | Type: Blog

"I have found great beauty in religion and religion has shown me great beauty in myself and in the world," Tripp says, as he reflects on the 11 years since he's had a drink. "I'm still ...

Today in God: Feb. 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The GOP presidential race gets "rickrolled." Obama's "Komen moment"? Vatican holds unprecendented service of repentance for clergy sex abuse, while in the U.S. a bishop reitres and pro ...

Follow the Meme: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Copycats and Responders
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus is a true Internet phenomenon, garnering more than 18 million views and sparking a global debate. As with most internet phenomena, the viral video has given birth to dozens ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Cee Lo, Tebow and American Fundamentalisms
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Cee Lo Green got himself in some pop-culture hot water on New Years Eve when he changed the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." You would think he was changing the Bible or something, but no, it ...

Time to Go Deeper
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It is time to engage in the spiritual reflection that would restore the moral compass our politics and economics have lost. It’s been a bad year, and the 2012 election year looks ...

Rick Perry Must Apologize
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Governor Perry should take the ad down, apologize both to President Obama and the American people, ask God for forgiveness and make amends for perpetuating polarization and disharmony in the body of Christ. ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

What Next for the Occupiers?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

I’m not suggesting Occupy is a religion; many involved would rightly rebel at the idea. But it is, at least in some sense, an outlook—a strong and necessary outlook that will thrive even in diaspora. ...

A Church Sanctuary for the Occupy Movement
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Our churches should swing their doors wide and greet the Occupiers with open arms, offering them sanctuary and a feast to say “thank you” for having the courage to take a sacred stand against injustice and ine ...

The Afternoon News: Friday Nov. 11, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

An afternoon round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojouners commitments to ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

You Make Me Almost Want To Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

I always notice something when speaking to a mostly secular audience. Many people have been so hurt or rejected by the bad religion in which they were raised or have encountered elsewhere over the course of th ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

News: Monday Morning Quick Links (Updated)
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

News: Quick Links Round-up and Redux
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Faith Outreach THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Fait ...

The Daily Show on Evangelicals & Mormons: Battle of the Sects
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 6:38pm | Type: Blog

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explains why, apparently, many "evangelicals" are supporting Rick Perry. +Warning: Videos may contain coarse language+ Last ...

Columbus Day, Wall Street, and Alabama Immigrants: "It's About Power, Stupid"
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

In 1992, political strategist James Carville coined the catchphrase that won Bill Clinton the presidency: "It's the economy, stupid." In 1992, political strategist ...

#OccupyWallStreet: The Faith Factor
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Slowly but surely, as media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in New York and across the country continues to grow, attention is turning toward what the spiritual/religious/faith elements are t ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Bruce Came From Vermont...
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Bruce came from Vermont. "God is here," he said. "It might not be as direct as you are looking for but God's here." The first thing I saw when I walked toward the pa ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Pivotal Church-State Case This Week
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:24am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments this week in one of the most important church-state cases in decades. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begi ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

A Hymn for Blessing the Animals: "O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth"
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are having services for the blessing of animals. This weekend and on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) some churches are ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

UPDATE: Christian Pastor Faces Execution in Iran
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

UPDATES: Earlier today (Friday, Sept. 30), the Iranian Embassy in the U.K. issued the following statement regarding Pastor Nadarkhani: UPDATES: Earlier ...