Doctrine & Practice

How law-and-order evangelicals helped shape today’s criminal justice system

By Yonat Shimron — November 16, 2020

(RNS) — Evangelicals have largely championed the rise of mass incarceration, writes Aaron Griffith in his new book. They’ve also undertaken novel ministries to try to bring compassion, healing and conversion to those behind bars.

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Mark Galli, former Christianity Today editor and Trump critic, to be confirmed a Catholic

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — Galli, who bucked prevailing evangelical sentiments when he penned an editorial in December denouncing the president, says his faith decision has nothing to do with politics.

Teachers at religious schools fear Supreme Court took away their civil rights

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2020

(RNS) — This month’s Supreme Court ruling established that any religious school teacher who performs a religious function is beyond the reach of civil rights protections accorded to other workers.

‘More than individual sin’ — Black pastors urge evangelicals to admit systemic racism

By Yonat Shimron — July 2, 2020

(RNS) — While liberal Christians have embraced the idea of social or collective sin, especially when it comes to racism, white evangelicals have typically resisted such notions as unbiblical. A Black Southern Baptist pastor is now calling them out on it.

At Shavuot, 3 NC synagogues find unity in online Torah study

By Yonat Shimron — May 28, 2020

(RNS) — The six-hour online Torah-fest may be a harbinger of the kinds of creative changes in Jewish communal life resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Survey shows faith can prosper in online services

By Ryan Burge — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — A recent Pew survey also allayed fears that there are large demographic disparities when it comes to accessing streaming services.

An Old World Torah scroll unites a North Carolina synagogue in a time of pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — May 5, 2020

(RNS) — Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the scroll has taken on a starring role on Zoom.

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says churches may apply for SBA loans

By Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2020

(RNS) — In a Facebook Live interview, SBC ethicist Russell Moore said that’s because banks would be issuing the loans, not the government. He also called a decision by Louisville, Kentucky’s mayor to ban a drive-in Easter service ‘stupid.’

Opposition to Samaritan’s Purse Central Park field hospital grows

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2020

(RNS) — LGBTQ activists stood several yards away from Samaritan Purse’s field hospital on the East Meadow lawn on Tuesday (April 14) and blasted city and state officials and Mount Sinai Hospital for partnering with the evangelical humanitarian relief organization.

A Passover Haggadah with a focus on Earth care takes off in a time of pandemic

By Yonat Shimron — April 7, 2020

(RNS) — In a year that has seen the deaths of thousands to a virulent virus sweeping the world, many are welcoming a focus on the health of the planet and finding it especially meaningful in a time of social isolation.

The coronavirus is upending thousands of years of Jewish tradition

By Yonat Shimron — March 20, 2020

(RNS) — It presents particular challenges to Orthodox Jews, especially on Shabbat, a time when many refrain from using any electronic devices.

In this Episcopal church, the co-leader of the Lenten study is a rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2020

(RNS) — Rabbi Raachel Jurovics is now rabbi-in-residence at the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina — one of a handful of such posts in Episcopal dioceses.

What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading

By Rose Aslan — March 16, 2020

(The Conversation) — Islamic law requires Muslims to ritually purify their body before praying. As a scholar of Islamic studies who researches ritual practices among Muslims, I have found that these practices contain both spiritual and physical benefits.

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