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Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn Beaty is an author at Religion News Service.

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

March 18, 2021

(RNS) — Christian communities must reexamine attitudes that blame women for men’s sexual problems.

Carl Lentz and the ‘hot pastor’ problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

The case for gender-segregated beaches

June 29, 2018

(RNS) — News that New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch has rented a city-owned Brooklyn beach for separate male and female swim days is creating excitement among devout Muslims and Orthodox Jews, but critics say the practice amounts to gender discrimination.

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

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.

Why won’t most of Trump’s ‘court evangelicals’ publicly condemn his border policy?

June 21, 2018

(RNS) — While a few conservative evangelical Trump supporters have openly criticized his administration’s border policy separating children from their parents, most of the ‘court evangelicals’ have not. Their silence sheds light on how evangelicals have defined ‘family values’ for the past 40 years.

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