Category Archives: Culture wars

California pastor Ryan Bell tries atheism for a year: a publicity stunt?

This story has been floating around for awhile now: California pastor Ryan Bell has vowed to live 2014 as an atheist. That means for the next 12 months, Bell, 42, plans to refrain from praying, reading the Bible and thinking … Continue reading

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Boy Scouts Christian alternative launches with 500 troops

My top ten faith stories of 2013 came out today and No. 6 concerns the Boy Scouts: 6. The Boy Scouts of America allows gay Scouts In May, the Boy Scouts of America announced that the 1,400 voting members of … Continue reading

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Pew Research Center: Americans believe strongly in evolution

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that six-in-ten Americans believe humans evolved over time. Meanwhile, a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? We report; you decide

OK, let’s get into it. A couple news items of note have crossed my laptop over the past 18 hours, both related to whether it should be “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays.” Which do you prefer? Now to the news. … Continue reading

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More than 60 clergy weigh in on Washington Redskins name controversy

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch up on and it involved the clergy and the world of sports. More than 60 clergy members have signed a letter to the NFL and Washington team owner Dan Snyder calling for D.C.’s … Continue reading

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Does Hobby Lobby have a point in its contraception showdown with Obama?

Last week, I caught up on the Hobby Lobby case, which is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. To recap, at issue is whether evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby has to pay for health insurance that includes coverage for contraception, as the … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby case: how will the Supreme Court rule on contraception?

Hobby Lobby execs got the news last week that their case opposing a federal mandate to provide contraception to employees will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case interests me because I am taking a class on intergovernmental … Continue reading

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Rise of atheist megachurches a cultural phenomenon

Want a church feel of community without the religion tie-in? Turns out, you are not alone. What began as a lark by two British comedians — atheist church — has caught fire and is spreading across the globe. Nearly three … Continue reading

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Pew: Pope Francis’ popularity not boosting U.S. Catholic numbers

After just eight months on the job, Pope Francis has had a remarkable impact on Catholic theology. While few concrete changes have emerged, Francis’ frank compassion and absolute humility have started a deep discussion on various issues long held by … Continue reading

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Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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