‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

Michel Butros al-Jisri is among the few Christians left from a once-vibrant community in Idlib on the brink of disappearing. The city, in the only territory in Syria still controlled by rebels, is ruled by Islamists.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #idlib-syria, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Mothers, Absent and Present

Not all mothers have the luxury of being “absent,” a reader writes. Also: A lawsuit against 16 elite schools; the heart of Christianity; jobs in manufacturing. 

#admissions-standards, #christians-and-christianity, #colleges-and-universities, #factories-and-manufacturing, #financial-aid-education, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Good for the Soul

There is hope in the idea that we can change, as individuals and as a society.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #king-martin-luther-jr, #new-year, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Is the West Becoming Pagan Again?

The successor to Christian civilization may resemble the present-day iconoclasm known as woken.

#christians-and-christianity, #pagans-and-paganism, #religion-and-belief

How Christmas Changed Everything

The story of Jesus represented “a wholly new way of being human.”

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #grayling-a-c, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ

Why Jesus Never Stopped Asking Questions

Jesus liked to turn the tables on his interlocutors, especially those who were in the business of asking questions themselves.

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

India’s Christians Attacked Under Anti-Conversion Laws

“They want to remove us from society,” a Christian farmer said of Hindu extremists. Rising attacks on Christians are part of a broader shift in India, in which minorities feel less safe.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #chhattisgarh-india, #christians-and-christianity, #freedom-of-religion, #india, #law-and-legislation, #madhya-pradesh-india, #minorities, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-india, #religion-and-belief

Can Politics Save Christianity?

Why the power of belief, not political imposition, is the key to Christian renewal.

#aquinas-thomas-1225-75, #christians-and-christianity, #dominican-order, #jesus-christ, #new-haven-conn, #priests, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #zemmour-eric

Supreme Court Seems Wary of Ban on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case, concerning a tuition program in Maine, seemed likely to extend a winning streak at the court for parents seeking public funds for religious education.

#christians-and-christianity, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #maine, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #rural-areas, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Andy Warhol, Faith and Sexuality Intertwined

The Brooklyn Museum shows how Catholicism seeped into his art, complicating our view of the Pop master.

#art, #brooklyn-museum, #christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #roman-catholic-church, #warhol-andy

Baptism Is Getting Wild: Horse Troughs, Hot Tubs and Hashtags

In some evangelical churches, a once-staid ritual is returning to its informal roots — and things sometimes get “a little rowdy” along the way.

#baptism, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #united-states

Catholic Bishops Avoid Confrontation With Biden Over Communion

In a vote, they endorsed new guidance on offering holy communion to public figures but did not overtly mention the president or other officials who support abortion rights.

#abortion, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.

A clash over culture and politics comes to World, a groundbreaking journalistic institution that covers evangelical Christians.

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How My Faith Shapes My View of Racism and History

White Christians should not shy away from the truth about our past

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

The Power of Human Touch in the Execution Chamber

The death penalty is wrong, but we can still uphold the dignity of the condemned.

#capital-punishment, #christians-and-christianity, #human-dignity, #huntsville-tex, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #touch-sense

How Covid Raised the Stakes of the War Between Faith and Science

The debate isn’t just about creationism and stem cells anymore.

#christians-and-christianity, #copernicus-nicolaus, #creationism-and-intelligent-design, #darwin-charles-robert, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #evolution-biology, #internal-sub-only-nl, #republican-party, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

All Saints’ Day Is a Holiday for Beautiful, Imperfect Stories

All Saints’ Day reminds us that faith is shaped by our relationships with other people.

#anglican-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #day-dorothy, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ

The Last Words of Rachel Held Evans

She gave voice to a generation of wandering evangelicals wrestling with their faith. Two years after her sudden death at age 37, Rachel Held Evans has one more message.

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #evans-rachel-held-1981-2019, #friendship

Meeting Between Francis and Biden Will Highlight Their Rift With American Bishops

The pope and president, who meet at the Vatican on Friday, are the common targets of conservative American bishops seeking to undercut them.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #pelosi-nancy, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’

It’s not necessarily a theological affinity for Jesus Christ. Many Americans are being drawn to the evangelical label because of its association with the G.O.P.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #jesus-christ, #pew-research-center, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Chad Kimball Sues ‘Come From Away’ Over His Termination

The actor, who is Christian, said in an interview he was let go because of his religious beliefs. The show’s producers declined to comment.

#christians-and-christianity, #come-from-away-play, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kimball-chad, #new-york-city, #religion-and-belief, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #theater

Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

With public schools on the defensive, is this a blip or a ‘once-in-100-year moment for the growth of Christian education’?

#christians-and-christianity, #education-k-12, #evangelical-movement, #home-schooling, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #virginia

The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

Some U.S. conservatives are taking a cue from Prime Minister Viktor Orban — how to use the power of the state to win the culture wars.

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For Christian Aid Ministries, Charity in Haiti Turns to Chaos

An organization based in Ohio and founded by Amish and Mennonites has been swept up in the violence roiling the country.

#amish, #boise-idaho, #brantly-kent, #brunson-andrew, #christians-and-christianity, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mennonite-churches, #missionaries, #ohio, #philanthropy, #port-au-prince-haiti, #seventh-day-adventists

Writers Like James Baldwin Led Me to a Black Jesus

For too long, I associated whiteness with holiness.

#baldwin-james-1924-87, #black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #whites

Beirut, a City Where Everyone Gets By, Revisits Sectarian Violence

Lebanon’s capital thrives on its religious diversity, but sectarian tensions and memories of civil war lurk just beneath the surface.

#beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #christians-and-christianity, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hezbollah, #lebanon, #shiite-muslims

Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now

Part of the Catholic church in Sicily has imposed a three-year prohibition on naming godparents, arguing that the tradition has become merely a way to fortify family ties — and mob ties, too.

#ndrangheta, #baptism, #becciu-giovanni-angelo, #calabria-italy, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #organized-crime, #roman-catholic-church, #sicily-italy

Want to Change the World? First, Be Still.

Advocacy for the oppressed requires action — but also silence and contemplation.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only, #jacobs-alan-1958, #jesus-christ, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #work-life-balance

Pat Robertson Ends His Long Run as Host of ‘The 700 Club’

Mr. Robertson, the evangelical leader who started the show in the 1960s to help save the Christian Broadcasting Network, said his son would take over as host of the program.

#christian-broadcasting-network, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #robertson-pat, #television, #the-700-club-tv-program

He Sees Migrants as ‘Modern Slaves,’ and Has Devoted His Life to Helping Them

The Rev. Daniel Alliët, for whom Jesus was a “political revolutionary,” has made it his life’s mission to fight for the rights of undocumented migrants, to the chagrin of some other clergy members.

#alliet-daniel, #belgium, #brussels-belgium, #christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church

The Limits of ‘My Body, My Choice’

Prioritizing individual freedom is not enough to bring about a just society.

#abortion, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #internal-sub-only, #vaccination-and-immunization, #womens-rights

Norm Macdonald’s Comedy Was Quite Christian

His faith is key to understanding his comic legacy.

#christians-and-christianity, #comedy-and-humor, #macdonald-norm

Glimpses of ‘Lost Tribe’ Jewish Communities in India and Myanmar

Often overlooked, the communities in South and Southeast Asia complicate notions of Jewish identity while emphasizing its malleability.

#assam-state-india, #christians-and-christianity, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #myanmar, #photography, #synagogues, #travel-and-vacations

White Evangelicals Shun Morality for Power

They’ve been a “political arm of the Republican Party” for decades now.

#christians-and-christianity, #clinton-bill, #evangelical-movement, #graham-franklin, #presidential-election-of-2016, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

The Trump Prophets Regroup

When you are in the business of prophecy, what do you do when prophecy fails?

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Religious Beliefs and Abortion Laws

How religious belief affect abortion laws and vaccination.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Cho Yong-gi, South Korean Megachurch Leader, Dies at 85

His mammoth Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul symbolized the explosive growth of the religion in the once war-torn country.

#cho-yong-gi-1936-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #missionaries, #south-korea

Pope Francis Criticizes Political Use of Christianity

On a four-day visit to Slovakia and Hungary, Francis had strong words for those who wield Christian symbols for personal gain.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #slovakia

Carl Bean, Gay Singer Who Turned to Preaching, Dies at 77

After recording “I Was Born This Way,” a club favorite, he entered the ministry and founded a church for the L.G.B.T.Q. community.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #bean-carl-1944-2021, #black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #i-was-born-this-way-song, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #unity-fellowship-church

Meeting Hungary’s Strongman, Pope Treads a Fine Line With an Embattled Leader

Pope Francis’ meeting with Viktor Orban could help, or hurt, the prime minister’s efforts to curry favor with voters ahead of coming elections in Hungary, which is predominantly Catholic.

#budapest-hungary, #christians-and-christianity, #europe, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #spadaro-antonio

When Dictators Find God

We’re in an era of post-religious holy wars.

#autocracy, #china, #christians-and-christianity, #democracy, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #religion, #united-states

Christian Exemptions to Vaccine Mandates Lack Sound Basis

There is no legitimate religious basis for exemptions from vaccine mandates in any established stream of Christianity.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #vaccination-and-immunization

A More Secular America Is Not Just a Problem for Republicans

Americans have not yet come to terms with this cultural shift.

#atheism, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #evangelical-movement, #millennial-generation, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why We Need to Start Talking About God

Who are we? What are we here for?

#anglican-churches, #austin-tex, #bible, #christians-and-christianity

On Embracing Faith, or Rejecting It

Readers react to Ross Douthat’s invitation to “think yourself into” religious faith. Also: Working mothers; how to make friends.

#child-care, #christians-and-christianity, #friendship, #religion-and-belief, #women-and-girls

Pope Francis Encourages Covid Vaccines in Media Campaign

“Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love,” the pope says in a video from the Ad Council.

#advertising-and-marketing, #advertising-council, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Haiti Quake Destroyed Many Churches, Shredding a Mainstay of Support

“We are the only thing here,” said a cleric in Les Cayes, one of the cities worst hit by the quake. In some towns, not a church was left standing.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #haiti, #haiti-earthquake-august-2021, #henry-ariel, #les-cayes-haiti

A Guide to Finding Faith

Scientific advances in recent centuries have made the idea of God only more plausible.

#atheism, #christians-and-christianity, #dennett-daniel-c, #religion-and-belief

Pope Francis Is Tearing the Catholic Church Apart

Pope Francis’ move against the Latin Mass will deepen the divisions in the church. 

#benedict-xvi, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #latin-language, #paul-vi, #popes, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

What We Lose When We Livestream Church

Broadcasting religious worship has played an important role during the pandemic. But it’s had unintended consequences.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #religion-and-belief, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming