Pope Francis: The Covid-19 Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts

To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church

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Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #evangelical-movement, #faith-and-freedom-coalition, #family-research-council, #freedom-of-religion, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reed-ralph-e-jr, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The Faithful Voters Who Helped Put Biden Over the Top

The president-elect’s approach to religion made a critical difference in key battleground states.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-religion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Christian Conservatives Respond to Trump’s Loss and Look Ahead

Many reflected on how much they had gained in the last four years under the Trump administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Why Evangelicals Aren’t What They Used to Be

Once a religious bloc in search of political purchase, white evangelicals have become a political bloc with a religious past.

#baptist-churches, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #southern-baptist-convention, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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Carl Lentz, Pastor to Celebrities, Is Fired From Hillsong Church

Mr. Lentz has been a rising star on the evangelical stage thanks in part to his connection to the singer Justin Bieber.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #lentz-carl-1979, #ministers-protestant, #protestant-churches

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Preaching or Avoiding Politics, Conservative Churches Walk a Delicate Line

Pastors can’t endorse or oppose candidates from the pulpit, and many of them don’t want to. But that doesn’t mean they’re ignoring politics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #endorsements, #ministers-protestant, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Most Conservative Christians Support Trump. Will They Help Him Win Again?

White evangelicals have time and again offered uncompromising support for President Trump when he needed it the most.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters, #whites

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Er, Can I Ask a Few Questions About Abortion?

You know who really reduced abortion numbers in the U.S.? President Obama, with the Affordable Care Act.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #bible, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virginia Mollenkott, 88, Dies; Feminist Found Liberation in Bible

A Christian evangelical who was shunned for her lesbianism, she became an influential scholar of the Bible, finding in it acceptance of L.G.B.T.Q. people.

#bible, #bob-jones-university, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #evangelical-movement, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-and-belief, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #virginia-mollenkott

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New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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She’s Evangelical, ‘Pro-Life’ and Voting for Biden

Billy Graham’s granddaughter says, “This president doesn’t represent our faith.”

#abortion, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden and Trump Say They’re Fighting for America’s ‘Soul.’ What Does That Mean?

The election has become a referendum on the soul of the nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #ethics-personal, #presidential-election-of-2020, #slogans-and-mottoes, #trump-donald-j

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Why Only Amy Coney Barrett Gets to Have It All

Her strong faith, embrace of motherhood and career accomplishments have made her a conservative icon. So why aren’t more girls from conservative Christian traditions encouraged to be like her?

#barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #people-of-praise, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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Questioning Begins for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s What to Watch For.

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Amy Coney Barrett Hearing: Time, Streaming and Senate Questioning

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Two Parties Offer Dueling Views of Barrett as Confirmation Fight Begins

On the first day of the election-season confirmation hearings, Democrats portrayed Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to Americans’ health care coverage as Republicans charged anti-Catholic bias.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #graham-lindsey, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Rooted in Faith, Representing a New Conservatism: Amy Coney Barrett’s Path to a Court Pick

As Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin, her background and résumé mark a stark departure from more traditional nominees to the Supreme Court.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-legislation, #legal-profession, #mcgahn-donald-f-ii, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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Parties Offer Divergent Portraits of Barrett as Senate Opens Hearings

Democrats will portray President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee as an ideologue, while Republicans will paint her as an accomplished working mother.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Inside the People of Praise, the Tight-Knit Faith Community of Amy Coney Barrett

Even for a conservative religious community, the People of Praise is notable in how deeply embedded members are in one another’s lives.

#barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #people-of-praise, #south-bend-ind, #supreme-court-us

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For Conservative Christian Women, Amy Coney Barrett’s Success Is Personal

Judge Barrett is a new kind of icon for some, one they have not seen before in American cultural and political life.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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How the Religious Right Has Transformed the Supreme Court

The Roberts court has used the First Amendment to advance conservative Christian values.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutional-amendments, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #religion-and-belief, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is regarded as the leading contender to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #indiana, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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What Jerry Falwell Jr. Taught Me at Liberty University

Here’s how a Christian education can go wrong.

#christians-and-christianity, #colleges-and-universities, #education, #falwell-jerry, #liberty-university

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In South Korea’s New Covid-19 Outbreak, Religion and Politics Collide

The Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul has been a magnet for thousands of conservative Christians who fear their country is turning communist under President Moon Jae-in. Many have contracted the coronavirus.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jun-kwang-hoon, #korean-war, #politics-and-government, #sarang-jeil-church-seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #united-states-international-relations

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A Virginia House Candidate Campaigns By Attacking ‘A Man Dressed as a Woman’

As Bob Good, an opponent of same-sex marriage, tries to rally Republicans with attacks on transgender rights, Democrats see an opening in the G.O.P.-held district.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #elections-house-of-representatives, #good-bob-1965, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #republican-party, #riggleman-denver, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #webb-cameron

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Catholic Churches Drop Hymns After Accusations Against Composer

David Haas, a composer known for “Blest Are They,” “We Are Called,” “You Are Mine” and other favorites, has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by multiple women, an advocacy group says.

#christians-and-christianity, #haas-david, #los-angeles-calif, #roman-catholic-church, #sexual-harassment, #st-paul-minn

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After Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Stumble, This Is How His Hometown Sees Him

Jerry Falwell Jr. has courted controversy repeatedly, but a provocative Instagram post led to him stepping aside as Liberty University’s president.

#christians-and-christianity, #colleges-and-universities, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #falwell-jerry-jr-1962, #liberty-university, #ministers-protestant

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‘Christianity Will Have Power’

Donald Trump made a promise to white evangelical Christians, whose support can seem mystifying to the outside observer.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #iowa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #whites

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Are Republicans Getting Serious About Climate Change?

The G.O.P. may have had a politically expedient change of heart. Better late than never.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #global-warming, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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American Catholics and the Black Lives Matter Movement

How the American Catholic church is wrestling with the Black Lives Matter movement.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

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Trump Appointee With History of Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Remarks Leaves Aid Agency

Merritt Corrigan, the former deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development, had drawn scrutiny shortly after being named to the position.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #christians-and-christianity, #corrigan-merritt, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #engel-eliot-l, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #house-of-representatives, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #social-media, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Would Muhammad Convert Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque?

Turkey’s decision to change the former cathedral into a mosque flies against the pluralist instincts of Islam’s founders.

#armenians, #bartholomew-i, #christians-and-christianity, #church-of-the-holy-sepulcher-jerusalem, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #francis, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #temple-mount-jerusalem

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Start Looking, and You’ll See Roads All Over the Bible

The pandemic has scattered us from our communal rituals. But that isn’t where our journey should end.

#bread, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #religion-and-belief

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If the Church Door Is Closed, Find the Sacred on the Road

The pandemic has scattered us from our communal rituals. But that isn’t where our journey should end.

#bread, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #religion-and-belief

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God Did Not Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence

Trump’s enablers recast rationalizations as righteousness.

#christians-and-christianity, #mcenany-kayleigh, #parscale-brad-1976, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stone-roger-j-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the Catholic Church’s Abuse Problem

As former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became a powerful figure in the church, several boys from one family say he targeted them.

#cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #christians-and-christianity, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.

The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #ministers-protestant

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The Religious Roots of a New Progressive Era

Welcome to the post-Protestant Reformation.

#christians-and-christianity, #protestant-churches, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Supreme Court Win for Gay Rights, but Not in My Church

It still refuses to ordain me because of my sexuality. So why do I stay?

#christians-and-christianity, #discrimination, #gay-rights, #reformed-church-in-america, #supreme-court-us

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How Do I Apologize for Outing My Brother?

“I was young and in denial of my own sexuality.”

#christians-and-christianity, #families-and-family-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-and-belief, #singapore

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The Walls of the Church Couldn’t Keep the Trump Era Out

The young pastor wasn’t sure his congregation would like what he had to say and had no idea where it would lead all of them. He found himself at a crossroads of God, Alabama and Donald Trump.

#alabama, #christians-and-christianity, #cooperative-baptist-fellowship, #flynt-wayne-1940, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-state-relations, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j

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Conservative Christians See ‘Seismic Implications’ in Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling that protects the rights of gay and transgender workers could impact how conservative groups operate their own institutions.

#christians-and-christianity, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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The Strange Revival of the Religious Relic Trade

What does a supposedly secular world want with the creepy (and probably fake) remains of medieval saints?

#berger-peter-l, #christians-and-christianity, #e-commerce, #religion-and-belief, #smuggling

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What the Bible Has to Say About the George Floyd Protests

The Psalms are not silent about the rage of the oppressed.

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jesus-christ, #lynching, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity

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An Open Letter to My Fellow White Christians

Our sins are grievous, but we are not yet beyond redemption.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Danish Church Takes Over Heavy Metal Venue: From ‘Copenhell’ to ‘Copenheaven’

Houses of worship have struggled to adapt to a socially distanced world. But in Denmark, one congregation set up a drive-in church at the site of a heavy metal music festival.

#christians-and-christianity, #copenhagen-denmark, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe

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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.

#budde-mariann-edgar, #christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #clergy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gregory-wilton, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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Trump’s Bible Brandishing Insults the Church Behind Him

The president brandishes a Bible in front of a church, in search of a divine mandate that isn’t coming.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #christians-and-christianity, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #jesus-christ, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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‘I Believed That I Would See Her Again’

A Christian theologian recounts how her mother’s death affirmed her faith and belief in the afterlife.

#christians-and-christianity, #death-and-dying, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

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