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Adam Greenway resigns as Southwestern Seminary president

By Bob Smietana — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — In resigning, Greenway said he was unprepared for the enormity of the 'legal and financial realities' facing the seminary.
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Study: More than 3/4 of Republican evangelicals want US declared a Christian nation

By Bob Smietana — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — While some Christian groups would like the US government to make their faith the official religion of the US, a new poll shows most Americans know that would be unconstitutional.

Bargain hunter scores 700-year-old medieval times document

By David Sharp — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — Academics confirmed the parchment was from The Beauvais Missal, used in the Beauvais Cathedral in France, and dated to the late 13th century.

Why China feels threatened by the moral authority of a 90-year-old Catholic bishop

By Scott D. McDonald — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of philosophy and foreign policy explains why Cardinal Zen poses a threat to the Chinese Communist Party as a competing source of political authority.

Why Pope Francis chose to highlight religious freedom during his visit to Kazakhstan

By J. Eugene Clay — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.

Hundreds demand cancellation of Japanese ex-leader’s funeral

By Yuri Kageyama — September 23, 2022
TOKYO (AP) — Opposition to the state funeral has grown in part because of politicians’ close ties to the Unification Church.

White House: GOP abortion ban would mean a nationwide crisis

By Colleen Long — September 23, 2022
(RNS) — Vice President Kamala Harris urged Democratic attorneys general at a meeting in Milwaukee to keep fighting for abortion rights in the states.

Supreme Court to revisit LGBTQ rights – this time with a wedding website designer, not a baker

By Charles J. Russo — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — 303 Creative v. Elenis gives SCOTUS another chance to set precedent about what happens when First Amendment freedoms come at a cost to civil rights.

Why virtue signaling isn’t the same as virtue – it actually furthers the partisan divide

By Christopher Beem — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Virtue signaling is designed to communicate specifically to one partisan tribe and to affirm its moral superiority. A scholar of ethics and politics explains why that is unwelcome in a divided US.

The ‘fathers of the church’ died around 1,500 years ago, but these ancient leaders still influence Christianity today

By James Kang Hoon Lee — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize the authority of the ‘fathers’ to guide teaching on doctrinal issues.

Still recovering from Maria, Puerto Rico’s Catholics assess Fiona’s blow to church buildings

By Kathryn Post — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — Just as Catholics made progress on repairing a few dozen of the 1,000 Catholic buildings damaged by Maria, Hurricane Fiona swept in.

March for Martyrs plans DC rally with Enes Freedom to focus on religious persecution

By Adelle M. Banks — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — Including a speaker with Freedom’s religious background sends a message about the need to build bridges between Christians and Muslims, said organizer Gia Chacón.

Dear President Biden, the pandemic is not over

By Jacqui Lewis — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘You do you’ has never been the gospel.
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