North Korea claims the No. 1 spot on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List—an annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution. With more than 50,000 people in prison or labor camps, such a ranking is little surprise for the totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of life in the country and forces worship of the Kim family.
(AP) Fervent religious activists, urged on by Hamas, roam the streets with loudspeakers calling people to early prayers.
(RNS) — It is already illegal to 'defame' religion, but a new law would make it a crime to have no belief in God.
Conservative Catholic dissidents, who have been attacking Francis, showed their true colors recently by attacking Benedict for his subversive writings and modernist tendencies.
Last October, evangelicalism was rocked by the launch of ChurchClarity.org, an organization that reports churches' LGBTQ+ policies and rates congregations based on their level of clarity. The website angered Christians ...
(AP) The New Jersey town council was pressured by the state to drop its ban on New Yorkers visiting its public park. The council had also tried — and failed — to ban boundary markers Jews use to observe Sabbath rules.
(AP) Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called the attack a "crime against humanity."
(RNS) — David Gushee closes his column to return to life as a scholar — leaving behind culture wars and the fights over and within evangelicalism.
In our 'Hand of God' series, RNS takes a closer look at the widespread belief that God intervenes in our nation’s political process.
(RNS) — If the Mormons baptize my dead grandparents, I will go totally postal.
Talking about public policy may not seem like a festive activity, but it is sorely needed.
(RNS) — Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, anti-Semitic outbreaks, and the death of Otto Warmbier were among the top Jewish stories this year.
(RNS) — We asked Simran Jeet Singh, a senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition, to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.
(RNS) — RNS asked Grace Ji-Sun Kim, a theologian and author, to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.