David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

All Stories by David Gibson

Politics, culture or theology? Why evangelicals back Trump on global warming

By David Gibson — June 9, 2017
(RNS) They may be taking the Bible literally, which could explain their climate change skepticism. Some experts say it’s more complicated than that.

Doing good and doing well: Faith-based investing converts the skeptics

By David Gibson — May 31, 2017
NEW YORK (RNS) Private investment firms see new opportunities as socially responsible investing becomes popular, and profitable. So what's left for religious advocates to do?

President Trump meets Pope Francis: From trading barbs to seeking common ground

By David Gibson — May 22, 2017
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Church officials say the pontiff wants to focus on the future and not on past tensions conveyed in tweets and sound bites.

From ‘Mean Streets’ to Marian miracles: Harvey Keitel to star in Fatima movie

By David Gibson — May 19, 2017
(RNS) The announcement follows a papal trip to the Portuguese shrine and continues a big month for the story of the Marian apparitions that occurred 100 years ago.

New Jersey cardinal blasts GOP for ignoring immigration reform

By David Gibson — May 17, 2017
NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Joseph Tobin, one of the U.S. hierarchy’s most visible champions for the marginalized, blasted Republicans for 'inflicting cruelty on innocent people.'

The ’Splainer: Who is Our Lady of Fatima and what is the ‘Third Secret’?

By David Gibson — May 10, 2017
(RNS) Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the famous Marian shrine in Portugal, and one of millions who travel there each year. What is the attraction?

The Maccabeats sing to promote ‘halachic prenups’ for Orthodox Jewish couples

By David Gibson — May 5, 2017
NEW YORK (RNS) The endearing group of a cappella Orthodox Jewish singers is out with a 30-second spot that takes aim at the phenomenon of "agunot," or "chained women" whose husbands will not grant them a divorce.

Trump’s religious liberty order slammed as ‘pretty much nothing’

By David Gibson — May 4, 2017
(RNS) ‘Ivanka and Jared won. We lost,’ as one Christian conservative said.

The Slingshot: Trump’s religious liberty; Evangelical feast; Evangelical fight

By David Gibson — May 4, 2017
The president is set to issue a major executive order on religious freedom that may have minimal impact. Evangelical leaders toast (abstemiously) Trump at the White House. Meanwhile, other evangelicals argue over women, gays, and authority in the church. Plus: Brad Pitt’s Pentecostal youth.

The Slingshot: Religious geniuses; Anne Frank’s brand; Binge blessings

By David Gibson — April 25, 2017
(RNS) The Templeton prize goes to Alvin Plantinga. The spiritual lessons of Albert Einstein. Misusing Anne Frank? Anti-Semitism blooms on U.S. campuses. A murder, a baptism, and a confession. And forget Netflix – here’s Pure Flix.

The Slingshot: John 3:16’s history; O’Reilly’s faith factors; Columbine’s legacy

By David Gibson — April 21, 2017
(RNS) Aaron Hernandez had the verse on his forehead when he killed himself – the latest, if most tragic, display of the famous passage. How the now ex-Fox News host used religion. The martyrdom fantasy inspired by a Colorado school shooting. Plus, a touching tribute to the world’s oldest woman.

The Slingshot: Trump-Pope, nope; ‘Cassock rippers’; Spectacular haggadot

By David Gibson — April 11, 2017
(RNS) Looks like the President won’t meet the Pontiff when The Donald comes to Italy. A bishop proofreads his wife’s “raunchy” C of E novels. Find your patron saint, courtesy of Myers-Briggs. Was Bo Diddley a Buddha? And: Why the “faith-based” film genre must end.

The Slingshot: Egyptian agony; Passover questions; Gay-friendly Catholics

By David Gibson — April 10, 2017
(RNS) Christians in Egypt bury their dead. Trump to hold last-minute seder while grape juice brands battle for the Orthodox market. The angst of the Four Questions, and life on the ‘Farminary.’

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book

By David Gibson — April 7, 2017
(RNS) Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the Catholic Church's approach to a hot-button topic.

Religious voices raised over Syria bombing by US

By David Gibson — April 7, 2017
(RNS) A roundup of responses from a variety of religious leaders, whose reactions also range widely.
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