Will Christian America Withstand the Pull of QAnon?

The Southern Baptist Convention appeared more concerned with combating critical race theory than conspiracy theories. 

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A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

Francesco Lepore likes to challenge the status quo. He now writes a general-interest column in Latin, with the latest on “Ioannes Biden” and “Vladimirum Putin.”

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Southern Baptist Vote Signals Further Fractures in American Evangelicalism

The establishment narrowly headed off a takeover attempt by a hard-right movement. Some backers of the losing candidate are now considering leaving altogether.

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These Catholic Parishes Welcome New York’s L.G.B.T.Q. Community

Many of New York City’s most outwardly gay-friendly parishes are concentrated in Manhattan, a center of both gay culture and efforts to build a gay-friendly Catholicism.

#christians-and-christianity, #church-of-st-francis-xavier-manhattan-ny, #church-of-st-paul-the-apostle-manhattan-ny, #dolan-timothy-m, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

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Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

In a new podcast, women who left the Missionaries of Charity speak out.

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T. M. Luhrmann: What We Believe About Prophecies

Letting go of fantasies — political, spiritual or both — is much harder than you might think.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #luhrmann-tanya-marie, #religious-cults, #superstitions

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Our Fellow Evangelicals Need to Get the Covid Vaccine

We’re worried that our community is obstructing the end of the pandemic.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics

Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide.

#appalachian-region, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Preachers ’n’ Sneakers Trend is Alive and Well and Spawning Merch

Also a new book that examines the relationship between spirituality and stuff. Here’s what to expect.

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A Pastor’s Son Becomes a Critic of Religion on TikTok

John Piper is one of the most influential theologians in America. His son Abraham calls evangelicalism “a destructive, narrow-minded worldview.”

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #piper-abraham, #piper-john, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

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Can the Meritocracy Find God?

The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion.

#christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #religion-and-belief, #united-states

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Shamed Over Sex, a Generation of Evangelicals Confronts the Past | Retro Report

A Christian “purity” movement in the 90s promoted a biblical view of abstinence before marriage. But two decades later, followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks.

#abstinence-sexual, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #harris-joshua-1974, #i-kissed-dating-goodbye-book, #united-states

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How an Abstinence Pledge in the ’90s Shamed a Generation of Evangelicals

The Christian “purity” movement promoted a strict view of abstinence before marriage. But two decades later, some followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks.

#abstinence-sexual, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #moore-beth-1957, #southern-baptist-convention

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

#christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #epstein-lee, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #posner-eric-a, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Is Jesus Still Wounded After His Resurrection?

“The risen but scarred body of Christ is the ultimate signifier of divine empathy.”

#art, #christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #depression-mental, #empathy, #fujimura-makoto, #jesus-christ, #love-emotion, #religion-and-belief

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‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

Last year, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. This Holy Week, local Christians are thronging the streets of the Old City.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #east-jerusalem, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #palestinians

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He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down

The Rev. Rick Joyner has called on Christians to arm themselves for civil war. But his children would be on the other side.

#christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #evangelical-movement, #families-and-family-life, #joyner-rick-1949, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Progressive Christians Arise! Hallelujah!

With a churchgoing Democrat in the White House, faith becomes more complicated in America. Thank God.

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Sexual Anguish of Atlanta Suspect Is Familiar Thorn for Evangelicals

The man accused of killing eight people at spas was a churchgoer who told officers he was addicted to sex. Parts of evangelical culture imply that sexual sins are more serious than others.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #long-robert-aaron, #pornography, #sex

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A Christian Vision of Social Justice

Social change can be pursued with mercy and hope.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #discrimination, #mccaulley-esau, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

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Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace

The meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Francis sought to protect his persecuted flock in Iraq by forging closer bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #najaf-iraq, #nasiriya-iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims, #sistani-ali-al, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

#al-qaeda-in-mesopotamia, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

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In Pictures: Pope Francis in Iraq

As the pope makes a three-day trip to Iraq, a look at images of the historic moment.

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq: What to Know

The trip is taking place despite concerns about the pandemic and security. Here’s a brief look at why Francis is visiting Iraq, what the trip will entail and what he hopes to achieve.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

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Bethany Christian Services Will Now Help LGBTQ Parents Adopt Children

The decision comes as more cities and states require organizations to accept applications from L.G.B.T.Q. couples or risk losing government contracts.

#adoptions, #bethany-christian-services, #christians-and-christianity, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

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Southern Baptists Expel 2 Churches Over Sex Abuse and 2 for L.G.B.T.Q. Inclusion

In a fiery speech, the denomination’s president decried “fissures and failures and fleshly idolatries.”

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #greear-j-d, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on African-American Religion

Gates’s “The Black Church” recounts the foundational role of religion in the history of Black America.

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In Sudan Border Town, Desperate Ethiopians Find ‘Second Mother Country’

Tens of thousands of Christian refugees, fleeing the violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, have been given a warm welcome by the residents of a sleepy Sudanese town: “We are brothers.”

#ahmed-abiy, #christians-and-christianity, #ethiopia, #hamdayet-sudan, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

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Evangelist Ravi Zacharias Accused of Sexual Abuse

An investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct spanning many years. Several massage therapists made accusations against Mr. Zacharias, who died last spring.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #rzim, #sex-crimes, #sexting, #sexual-harassment, #zacharias-ravi-1946-2020

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Christian Prophets Are on the Rise. What Happens When They’re Wrong?

They are stars within one of the fastest-growing corners of American Christianity. Now, their movement is in crisis.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #rumors-and-misinformation

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The Love Triangle That Caused a Religious Panic

“Doomed Romance,” by Christine Leigh Heyrman, offers a window onto ambition and hypocrisy in the 19th-century American evangelical movement at a critical moment in its history.

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #doomed-romance-broken-hearts-lost-souls-and-sexual-tumult-in-nineteenth-century-america-book, #evangelical-movement, #heyrman-christine-leigh, #missionaries, #new-england-states-us, #women-and-girls

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A Century Ago, White Protestant Extremism Marched on Washington

Kelly J. Baker is a writer and scholar of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. She sees frightening similarities between that culture and the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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‘The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’

Religious resentment has become a potent recruiting tool for the hard right.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #washington-dc, #whites

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In Biden’s Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity

President Biden, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century, speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #roman-catholic-church

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Joe Biden’s Catholic Moment

The new president elevates a liberal Catholicism that once seemed destined to fade away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #john-paul-ii, #liberalism-us-politics, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states

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Trump Ignites a War Within the Church

After a week of Trumpist mayhem, white evangelicals wrestle with what they’ve become.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #erickson-erick, #jesus-christ, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How White Evangelical Christians Fused With Trump Extremism

A potent mix of grievance and religious fervor has turbocharged the support among Trump loyalists, many of whom describe themselves as participants in a kind of holy war.

#christians-and-christianity, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage

Why do so many Republicans appear to be at war with both truth and democracy?

#american-renewal-project, #christians-and-christianity, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

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‘Let’s Talk About “Personal Responsibility”’: A Year of Tough Conversations in the Comments

Opinion writers reflect on what readers had to say in 2020.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-economy

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For Christmas, Pastors Offer Comfort and Joy in a Somber Season

“The darkness seems pretty dark at the moment,” said one minister, who will preach about hope in the face of fear.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ministers-protestant, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states

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The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #empathy, #jesus-christ, #lincoln-abraham

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Christmas Without Music? Churches Are Finding a Way

At churches like St. James in Louisville, Ky., services this Christmas will not have in-person choirs or orchestras. But music directors are finding ways to persevere.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #louisville-ky, #music, #musical-instruments, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

A conversation about Christmas and faith’s role in building a “beloved community.”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Protestant Church That Found Refuge in Italy’s Hills Helps Syrians Do the Same

Mindful of a history of persecution, members of the Waldensian Church have been at the forefront of a push to bring refugees from Syria to Italy.

#christians-and-christianity, #italy, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

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The Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz, the Celebrity Pastor of Hillsong Church

A charismatic pastor helped build a megachurch favored by star athletes and entertainers — until some temptations became too much to resist.

#bieber-justin, #celebrities, #christians-and-christianity, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #lentz-carl-1979, #ministers-protestant, #new-york-city

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When Churches Rescue Americans From Crushing Covid

Churches are doing what politicians have been unable to do, rescuing Americans from crushing medical bills.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #credit-and-debt, #debt-collection, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #medicine-and-health, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-bankruptcies, #protestant-churches, #sanders-bernard, #warren-elizabeth

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