ABC’s ’20/20′ Contacted Me for ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Story, But Ignored What I Told Them

On March 10, ABC's "20/20" aired a year-long investigation on several "Christian camps" reported to be practicing so-called "gay conversion therapy"

In the first minute, the commentator mentioned that five states have banned licensed counselors from engaging in “gay conversion therapy” with another 20 considering legislation this year. The show then quickly jumps to several sensational stories where desperate parents send their children, some of whom are gay and lesbian identified, to reform schools that work... Continue Reading

How a Christian Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious Decline

We believe that INC Christianity is significantly changing the religious landscape in America – and its politics

INC Christianity is led by a network of popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as “apostles.” They have close ties, we found, to conservative U.S. politicians, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and more recently President Donald Trump.   In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the... Continue Reading

Atheists At Risk of Dying Out Due to Belief in Contraception, Study Claims

The findings fly in the face of popular discourse - and scientists’ predictions

“Although one might argue that just because someone has religious parents it doesn’t necessarily mean they will grow up with the same beliefs, further studies have shown that religion does in fact appear to be heritable. And it appears both nature and nurture play a role – it may seem obvious that how you’re brought up... Continue Reading

Boy Scouts 1948 Versus Boy Scouts 2017

Scouting has capitulated to the late-modern war against nature and forfeited its most basic mission

We used to recite the Scout oath at all the formal gatherings. Of course it has all the problems of any civil religion. In the 1960s and 70s, when I was reciting the oath we all knew what honor, God, country, and “morally straight” signified.   One of the books I loved most as a... Continue Reading

Is Tim Keller About to Have His Rod Dreher Moment?

Keller’s communion, the PCA, does not ordain women, nor does it recognize sexual orientation rights

“Instead of making the difference that Keller’s fans think, this impending controversy could indicate that rather than being a church for the Big Apple, Keller should have been thinking about culture more the way Rod Dreher has in his proposal for the Benedict Option.”   Tim Keller, the PCA pastor of Redeemer Church in New... Continue Reading

Breaking Faith

The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t easing political conflict. It’s making American politics even more convulsive and zero-sum. For years, political commentators... Continue Reading

The First Solar Eclipse To Cross America In 99 Years Is Coming. To Some, It’s An Act Of God

The total solar eclipse on August 21 will cross America this summer, it last happened 99 years ago; some are seeing it as a sign of the end of the world.

In certain religious communities, the talk surrounding the eclipse has to do with a different sort of preparation. Gary Ray isn’t worried about just travel plans and adequate eye protection. He’s focused on the Rapture. Ray, a writer for the evangelical Christian publication Unsealed, views this eclipse as one of several astronomical signs that the... Continue Reading

Islam Fastest Growing Religion, Set to Outpace Christianity: Pew

Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide

“As the Muslim population increases in the U.S., Americans’ attitude toward Islam — and religion more generally — is shifting, particularly as political debates center on Muslim migration to Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and concerns about radical Islamic terror groups.”   Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide, and if... Continue Reading

Droves Of Canadian Doctors Opt Out Of Euthanasia

Some physicians who kill a patient once find they don’t ever want to do it again.

  Jeff Blackmer, vice president of the Canadian Medical Association, said some doctors initially think they are helping patients end their suffering but find the reality much different. “We’re seeing doctors who go through one experience and it’s just overwhelming, it’s too difficult,” he said. “And those are the ones who say, ‘Take my name... Continue Reading

Islamic State Vows More Attacks On Egypt’s Christians

Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt vowing more attacks on the country’s Christians.

Many in the ancient community complain that very little has changed in their lives since el-Sissi took office in 2014, especially in rural areas where Muslim radicals frequently attack Christian homes and businesses over a range of issues, including the construction or restoration of churches, land disputes or sexual affairs between members of each community.... Continue Reading