The Slingshot: Christians and climate change; Snake handlers; Star Wars

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Several hundred people took part in a prayer walk on Sept. 14, 2016, from the Oceti Sakowin camp near Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to the site up the road where Dakota Access began digging over Labor Day weekend for construction on a nearly 1,200-mile pipeline project. Construction temporarily has been halted. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Need to know: Monday, January 29, 2018

Seeing red

For Christians, the green revolution is stalling — and politics may be why

A new study shows that two decades of advocacy has not made Christians any greener in their outlooks. More from Religion News Service

‘Death in a box’

Freak show or spiritual test? Book explores world of snake handlers

Author Julia Duin focuses on a new breed of snake-handling preachers — young and adept at using social media to attract attention. More from Religion News Service

From secularism to sexuality

Nancy Pearcey and Jonathan Merritt spar on the hottest of hot topics

RNS columnist Merritt writes that the evangelical scholar’s sharp mind and compelling personal story make her “a powerful, if undervalued, champion for conservatives.” More from Religion News Service

Called out

The unveiling of Christian nationalism

“White Christian nationalism has been unveiled by its unlikely alliance with Trump,” write Rev. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. More from Religion News Service

Zen with lightsabers

The spiritual message hidden in ‘Star Wars’

"There's more to spirituality in ‘Star Wars’ than Buddhism," writes Dan Burke. More from

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About the author

Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.