Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn Beaty is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Katelyn Beaty

In film adaption of ‘Redeeming Love,’ biblical submission has never been hotter

By Katelyn Beaty — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — The idea that God and some guy have gone in on a plan for your life isn’t cute. It's creepy as all get out.

Atlanta suspect blamed women for ‘tempting’ him. Purity culture does the same.

By Katelyn Beaty — March 18, 2021
(RNS) — Christian communities must reexamine attitudes that blame women for men’s sexual problems.

Carl Lentz and the ‘hot pastor’ problem

By Katelyn Beaty — November 19, 2020
(RNS) — Maybe the problem isn’t hot pastors like Lentz but a toxic megachurch culture that makes narcissism a prerequisite.

QAnon: The alternative religion that’s coming to your church

By Katelyn Beaty — August 17, 2020
(RNS) — Teaching susceptible Christians media literacy won’t counteract their sudden, widespread adherence to conspiracy theories because these Christians thrive on a narrative of media cover-up.

New York’s Bowery Mission adapts homeless ministry to coronavirus restrictions

By Katelyn Beaty — March 20, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) — Staff members at New York's oldest homeless shelter are asking for donations to cover increased demand for prepackaged food and cleaning supplies.

Joshua Harris and the sexual prosperity gospel

By Katelyn Beaty — July 26, 2019
(RNS) — Some evangelicals who denounce the prosperity gospel seem to have no problem touting the purity culture that say God will reward those who wait.

Remembering a woman of valor: 4 gifts Rachel Held Evans gave us

By Katelyn Beaty — May 4, 2019
(RNS) — Instead of throwing out God or church, Rachel Held Evans demonstrated a robust Christian faith outside the bounds of evangelicalism, making sure that that world’s gatekeepers don’t have the final say about one’s standing before Christ.

Who among us? What the Kavanaugh hearings can teach us about forgiveness

By Katelyn Beaty — September 28, 2018
(RNS) — Time might make memories fuzzy, but it doesn’t erase physical, emotional and spiritual wounds.

Faith and friendship as a remedy to the opioid crisis

By Katelyn Beaty — August 30, 2018
(RNS) — With the help of addicts themselves, researchers are exploring the emotional, social and relational reasons why people become addicted—and how relationship with God and others can restore and heal.

To end abortion, don’t ban it. Support families instead.

By Katelyn Beaty — August 24, 2018
(RNS) — In general, the anti-abortion movement should get over its aversion to federal social programs. Family-friendly public policies have a powerful effect on reducing demand for abortion services.

Why celibate LGBTQ Christians stir controversy on right and left alike

By Katelyn Beaty — August 16, 2018
(RNS) — Where many conservative Christian leaders denounce LGBT identity, many are unwilling to do the relational work of walking alongside same-sex-attracted Christians as they attempt a very difficult thing: lifelong celibacy.

As Willow Creek reels, churches must reckon with how power corrupts

By Katelyn Beaty — August 10, 2018
(RNS) What Willow Creek and all Christian communities need in our #MeToo /#ChurchToo moment is a sober reckoning with power, including how to mitigate its subtle lure in churches led by magnetic men.

Military Bible display at center of religious liberty tussle

By Katelyn Beaty — July 30, 2018
(RNS) — After pressure from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Bible was removed from the base's 'Missing Man' table and will be replaced by a multifaith book.

Pakistanis hopeful as Pope Francis elevates country’s second-ever cardinal

By Katelyn Beaty — June 26, 2018
LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) — Pakistan’s second-ever cardinal of the Catholic Church is slated to be installed on June 29. The country's Christian minority hopes the appointment will draw attention to religious persecution.

Taj Mahal vandalized as Hindu nationalists dispute site’s Muslim origins

By Katelyn Beaty — June 19, 2018
NEW DELHI (RNS) — Hindu nationalists recently vandalized a gate at the Taj Mahal, the world-famous monument built by a Muslim emperor in the 17th century. The incident is part of rising anti-Muslim sentiment and violence throughout India since the Hindu nationalist party won the 2014 general election.
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