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For insurrectionists, a violent faith brewed from nationalism, conspiracies and Jesus

By Jack Jenkins — January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As insurrectionists began the attack on the Capitol, a banner waved above the throng. It read: ‘Proud American Christian.’

Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Author Tea Krulos talked to Religion News Service about how conspiracy theories have spread, how religion plays a role and how to talk to friends and family who believe them.

How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol

By Brad Christerson — January 12, 2021

(The Conversation) — Because Trump is God’s chosen candidate, they believe, any other candidate, no matter what the vote totals show, is illegitimate.

Liberty University sues governor over financial aid changes

By Sarah Rankin — January 11, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The suit accuses Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration of wrongfully denying financial aid to some of the evangelical school’s online students.

Samaritan’s Purse field hospitals much in demand as COVID case counts rise

By Yonat Shimron — January 11, 2021

LENOIR, N.C. (RNS) — The evangelical humanitarian relief organization has trained healthcare workers or treated COVID-19 patients in 30 countries. Its latest field hospital is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages

By Mariam Fam, Elana Schor, David Crary — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — While some preachers were defiant, one pastor said, ‘We must repent for making the person who occupies the White House more important than the one who occupies our hearts.’

At the Capitol, evangelicals’ ‘Thou art the man’ moment

By Maina Mwaura — January 9, 2021

(RNS) — Evangelicals must stand up and call out our political leaders’ sins for the good of our leadership.

Southern Baptist leaders meet after critical race theory document caused controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — African American leaders and seminary presidents said they had an ‘honest and open conversation’ during the virtual meeting earlier in the week.

Prominent bishop of AME Zion Church suspended, faces financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — A longtime ecumenical leader, Powell has been ordered to not represent the AME Zion Church in civic or ecumenical organizations.

Court blocks Trump executive order allowing state and local officials to refuse refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office in less than two weeks, has expressed support for rebuilding the U.S. refugee program.

Russell Moore, Justin Giboney warn that conspiracies must be confronted with truth

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Both urged religious people to rise above the rhetoric that helped lead to the riot at the Capitol.

Pixar adviser and theologian Suzan Johnson Cook on how they came to define ‘soul’ in the film

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I’m a faith leader, so I wanted to make sure my definition wasn’t too strong, and (Pixar’s) definition wasn’t too weak,’ the minister and former ambassador said.

How the Capitol police privileged white rage

By Jacqui Lewis — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — When Black-led groups protest, the Capitol police don’t open barriers for us or gently point the way.

SBC leader Russell Moore to Trump: Time to leave. ‘People are dead’

By Bob Smietana — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an outspoken ‘Never Trumper,’ called for the president to leave.

Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election

By Esau McCaulley — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful.

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