Washington, D.C., September 22 (ENInews)--The 21 September release of
U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal from an Iranian prison "affirms
the importance of the role of religious dialogue and its end product in
this case, public diplomacy, as we seek ways to define common ground
between our two countries," said Episcopal Diocese of Washington Bishop
John Chane, who returned from a weeklong visit to Iran on 19 September.
NEW YORK (ABP) – An already contentious debate about the role of
faith in presidential politics took a new twist Sept. 20 when Texas Gov.
Rick Perry told a New York City press conference he believes America’s
continued support for Israel is a theological priority.
Inspired by their religious callings -- and the $713 million in
revenue that social deal pioneer Groupon took in last year -- a growing
number of entrepreneurs are making a go of the fast-growing social
coupon space with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
Does the Southern Baptist Convention need a new name? The president
of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, Bryant Wright, who is
also a pastor in Marietta, Georgia, says the idea should be explored
again for the sake of evangelistic success alone.
Berlin, September 21 (ENInews)--Pope Benedict XVI, on his first state
visit to his native country, arrives in Berlin on 22 September in what many see
as a unique opportunity for increased understanding between Catholic and
Bangalore, India, September 20 (ENInews)--Muslims in Kashmir, in the
northwest of the Indian subcontinent, are supporting the re-building of a
Christian school that was destroyed by fire during anti-Christian violence one
LONDON (RNS) A group of 30 leading scientists, including a Nobel
laureate and a prominent atheist professor, are pressing the British
government to ban all teaching of creationism in the nation's publicly
(RNS) The way you see God tells a lot about how you see the U.S.
economy, according to a new national survey.
About one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively
engaged in daily workings of the world with an economic conservative
view that opposes government regulation and champions the free market as
a matter of faith.
A long-standing tax break for clergy and other "ministers of the
gospel" is facing the lastest in a string of challenges in federal
court. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit
September 13 to challenge the constitutionality of tax deductions that
clergy are allowed to claim on their housing expenses.
PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church had dwindled to 40
members, had lost its founding pastor and was unable to pack more than
about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary and unsure of the future.
Now, it's part of one of the nation's largest megachurches -- and
could serve as a model for the thousands of small U.S. churches that are
closed every year.
(RNS) Just days after prominent anti-abortion activist Rev. Frank Pavone
was ordered to suspend his work as head of Priests for Life, Pavone and
his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out
of the tense standoff.
(RNS) The saying goes that when God closes a door, he opens a window.
So when the Borders bookstore chain -- the nation's second-largest
-- finishes closing all of its stores this month, Christian retailers
see a window of opportunity in the death of a mega-competitor that once
threatened to put them out of business.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious content faces a "clear and present danger of
censorship" from Facebook, iTunes and other new media platforms,
according to a report released Thursday (Sept. 15) by National Religious