Johnny Hunt, disgraced former SBC pastor, sues denomination he once led
By Bob Smietana — March 18, 2023
(RNS) — In a court filing, Hunt admitted kissing and fondling another pastor's wife but says the incident was consensual and private and should not have been made public in a major 2022 report.
Divine dilemma: Who gets God’s nod in March Madness?
By Mark I. Pinsky and Rusty Wright — March 16, 2023
Since the 1880s, Southern Baptists have argued over the role of women
By Bob Smietana — March 15, 2023
Americans like Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants. Evangelicals, not so much.
By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — A new Pew Research poll finds that only 18% of nonevangelical Americans had favorable opinions of evangelicals; 32% had somewhat unfavorable views.
State lawmakers push for priests to report abuse learned about in confessional
By Jack Jenkins — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic bishops are pushing back, arguing the statutes would infringe on the First Amendment rights of priests.
Orthodox Jewish parents sue California for ban on special ed funds to religious schools
By Alejandra Molina — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — ‘It takes a special kind of chutzpah to deny Jewish kids with disabilities equal access to special education benefits,’ said Eric Rassbach, an attorney representing the parents.
Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues
By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”
Five charts that explain the desperate turn to MAGA among conservative white Christians
By Robert P. Jones — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — White Christians’ attempt to halt their demographic slide has fostered two narratives of American life.
How a little-known editor made God a bestseller by helping Americans let go of religion
By Bob Smietana — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — A chance encounter at a party led religion professor Stephen Prothero to rediscover the story of Eugene Exman, a longtime book publisher who helped transform American religion.
Arizona Christian University sues school district for religious discrimination
By Kathryn Post — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — At issue, the school board claims, is the university's 'strong' anti-LGBTQ stance.
When it comes to 2024, do evangelical Christians matter?
By Jacob Lupfer — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — Evangelicals’ irrelevancy speaks to their political success — and to their moral failure.
In North Idaho, religious and secular activists work to fight Christian nationalism
By Jack Jenkins — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — In a recent editorial, Episcopal Bishop Gretchen Rehberg decried Christian nationalism as ‘heresy for Christians and dangerous rhetoric for all Americans.’
Replacing vengeance with mercy in our death penalty policy
By Karen Swallow Prior — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — The troubling case of Andre Thomas invites a closer look at all the factors that play a part in the death penalty.
Mark Rivera, a former Anglican lay pastor, sentenced to 15 years in prison
By Kathryn Post — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — 'She continues to be impacted every single day by this man’s abuse,' said the mother of the child abuse survivor who first reported Rivera.
How ‘The Chosen’ star Jonathan Roumie became a poster child for Christian causes
By Kathryn Post and Jack Jenkins — March 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'I'm not the real Jesus. Let's just get that out of the way,' Roumie said in January at the March for Life.
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