Baptisms have dropped to a 20-year low in the Southern Baptist Convention, and membership and giving are down, too. The declines are causing hand-wringing in the nation’s largest Protestant body — and setting the stage for intense debates when SBC leaders gather on June 23-24 in Louisville, Ky., for their annual convention. What will they [...]
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Is torture ever justified? The answer is clear to American believers – but for some that answer is clearly “yes,” for others it is definitely “no.” And that stark moral divide is shaping a debate that is growing more intense even years after the first revelations of prisoner abuse.
“Americans change religious affiliation early and often.” That is the upshot of a new report on religious switching from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, released Monday, April 27, 2009.
The crocuses are up, the days are growing longer, and Earth Day is almost here. Must be spring. And in back yards and window boxes – and outside houses of worship across the country – members are turning the soil and planting gardens. But it’s not just the lush beauty of flowers, plants and trees [...]
The 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre falls on April 20, and April 16 marks two years since the devastating shooting at Virginia Tech, which claimed the lives of 32 people. That remains the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in United States history. But a series of eight gun attacks in March [...]
The arrival of Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday on April 5, and Passover, which starts at sundown on Wednesday, April 8, is an occasion to reflect on the inextricable bonds between Judaism and Christianity. But recent events have also shown once again how fraught this relationship can be, despite decades of successful dialogue.
Federal funding decision left to Congress: During the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama pledged that one of his priorities would be to lift the nearly eight-year ban on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.
The Supreme Court ruled today in the closely-watched Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, allowing city officials to choose which monuments could be placed in a public park. Read the New York Times article, which notes that the justices considered this a free speech case more than a case based on church-state issues; See ReligionLink’s guide [...]