Ian McKellan Rips Leviticus 18:22 out of all Bibles

Note to hotel managers: unless you want it to be altered forever, remove that Bible from Sir Ian McKellen’s bedside drawer before he shows up. In a Q&A with Details magazine, the openly gay ‘Lord of the Rings’ star admits to a habit of tearing out the Bible passage that condemns homosexuality — Leviticus 18:22... Continue Reading

Christmas parade canceled amid legal concerns, protests

An Ohio village’s Christmas parade has been canceled amid concerns over possible lawsuits, protests, and logistical problems. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington says the village solicitor told council members that Amelia could be sued for using public money to sponsor an event linked to celebrating the birth of Jesus. But when the village considered changing the... Continue Reading

Generations of Pentecostals divided on doctrine of speaking in tongues

At the beginning of an evening worship service at the First Assembly of God Church in Steele, MO, the Rev. Ryan Harris pitted teens against adults in a trivia game called Battle of the Generations. “The gift of the Holy Spirit is placed upon you, it’s placed inside you,” Harris told his congregation, his voice... Continue Reading

Muslims win 2 more council seats in Hamtramck

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO When Kazi Miah came to the United States 20 years ago from Bangladesh, he didn’t speak a word of English. Now, he’s a successful politician who is to be one of three Bangladeshi-American Muslims on Hamtramck, Michigan’s six-member City Council, a percentage that Muslim advocates said they believe is the highest Muslim... Continue Reading

Creationism, Minus a Young Earth, Emerges in the Islamic World

Creationism is growing in the Muslim world, from Turkey to Pakistan to Indonesia, international academics said last month as they gathered here to discuss the topic. But, they said, young-Earth creationists, who believe God created the universe, Earth and life just a few thousand years ago, are rare, if not nonexistent. One reason is that... Continue Reading

Pro-Life Lawmakers Condemn ‘Sham’ Health Bill Abortion Compromise

Pro-life lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have slammed purported compromise language on abortion in healthcare reform as a “sham.” The language was proposed in an amendment known as the “Ellsworth amendment” by Democrats desperate to overcome a bloc within their own party that will attempt to bring down the abortion-expanding bill if it... Continue Reading

Most Improbable Dialogue

Mormon Tabernacle revival service is latest sign of openness to evangelicals. Robert Millet would do things differently if he were carefully strategizing how fellow Mormons could best pursue interfaith contacts. “I probably wouldn’t have started with evangelicals,” said the Brigham Young University (BYU) professor, considering the antagonism between the two groups since Mormonism’s beginnings. “If... Continue Reading

A City of Mixed Emotions Observes Calvin’s 500th

On a recent afternoon in Geneva, stagehands prepared the Protestant meeting hall on the Place de la Fusterie for a musical, “The Calvin Generation,” to be performed there that evening. Springtime for Calvin? Not quite. The religious reformer, best known for his doctrines about a depraved humanity and a harsh God predestining people to hell... Continue Reading

Physicians Give Chaplains a Clean Bill of Health

By: Omar Sacirbey Science and faith may often clash, but a new survey suggests that most American doctors believe religion and spirituality can help patients. Published Monday (Oct. 26) in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the survey found that 90 percent of physicians are satisfied with spiritual services provided by hospital chaplains to their patients.... Continue Reading

Prosecutor Authorizes Raid on Protestant Service in Belarus

The Prosecutor who authorised a six-hour raid on a Protestant Sunday worship service in a private home in eastern Belarus has refused to explain why it happened. “It was an official action and I can’t discuss it,” Vitaly Kovalev, Prosecutor of the Chausy District, told Forum 18 News Service. He also refused to say what... Continue Reading

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