(RNS) More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to
be "spiritual," according to a Rice University study.
The findings, to be published in the June issue of the journal
Sociology of Religion, are based on in-depth interviews with 275 natural
and social scientists from 21 of the nation's top research universities.
Following a recent chapel series at Wheaton College on "Sexuality and
Wholeness," gay alumni and other alumni of the school have formed an
organization that aims to present an alternative view from that of a
chapel speaker who supported celibacy for gays. More than 400 people
signed an open letter to students at the Christian college in suburban
(RNS) When leaders of the nation's oldest seminary and a Unitarian
Universalist theological school began to dream of building a new
partnership, they planned to create a futuristic model of religious
A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration's
long-vacant position to oversee international issues of religious
freedom. The Senate voted April 14 to confirm Suzan Johnson Cook for the
The vote, coming after a lengthy and controversial
nomination process, positions Cook to become the first female and the
first African American in the post.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer
imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president, leaving private
citizens no legal standing to challenge it, a federal appeals court
ruled Thursday (April 14).
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta, who helped rally Catholic
support for President Obama's 2008 campaign, has spent "considerable
time" writing on topics beyond the mission of his office, particularly
about matters of faith, according to a new State Department
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration's embattled nominee for
religious freedom ambassador is comparing herself to former British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she tries for a second time to land
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court agreed Monday (March 28) to consider
whether a teacher who was fired from a religious school is subject to a
"ministerial exception" that can bar suits against religious
The case involves an employment dispute between a Michigan school
and a teacher who is defended by the Equal Employment Opportunity
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army has started training chaplains on the repeal
of the ban on openly gay military members, saying those who are unable
to follow the forthcoming policy can seek a voluntary departure.
(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a
small Florida church "abhorrent" as Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari
condemned the act as a "serious setback" to world harmony.
(RNS) The controversial Florida pastor who halted plans to burn a Quran
on the 9/11 anniversary last year oversaw the burning of the Islamic
holy book on Sunday (March 20) after it was found "guilty" during a
"trial" at his church.