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Giving victims of religious trauma a voice

By Chrissy Stroop — January 29, 2020

(RNS) — A recent tweetstorm about how to teach kids about faith was a testament to how little we hear in our national conversation from those who have experienced religious trauma.

Behind Christianity Today’s editorial is a deeper crisis of America’s religion of whiteness

By J. Kameron Carter — December 24, 2019

(RNS) — The editorial is an attempt to rescue evangelical religion and, more deeply, the American project from Trump’s threat to the supposed civility of whiteness itself.

Sex scandals show why evangelicals need to recover the sacrament of confession

By Joseph D'Souza — November 14, 2019

(RNS) — Imagine a church where everyone, including the senior pastor, was required to have a person they confessed to. For one, it would help avoid some of the major crises in the failures of leadership.

Pompeo’s ‘Christian leader’ speech goes only as far as Trump allows

By Eric Atcheson — October 16, 2019

(RNS) — It takes a strong sense of compartmentalization to square Christianity’s ethical demands for truth-telling, integrity and human rights with the Trump White House’s elastic relationship with the truth.

Opposition to Amazon synod spurs new right-wing coalition in Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — October 3, 2019

SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Its opposition to the Pan-Amazon synod’s goals has given a group of conservative Catholic organizations new life as a wedge of the Brazilian president’s populist base.

Relevant magazine founder ‘stepping away’ from role

By Jack Jenkins — September 23, 2019

(RNS) — Relevant founder Cameron Strang announced his leave of absence in a post published on the magazine’s website on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23). He did not dispute the accounts of former staffers and apologized for his past actions, which he repeatedly described as toxic.

Who’s an evangelical and who gets to decide?

By Thomas S. Kidd — September 23, 2019

(RNS) — News stories about ‘evangelicals and politics’ typically only look at ‘self-identifying evangelical white Republicans.’

Relevant founder Cameron Strang accused of creating racially insensitive workplace

By Adelle M. Banks, Jack Jenkins — September 21, 2019

(RNS) — In online testimonies from people who used to work for Strang, both African American and white, men and women, registered indignation about what some called a toxic environment that they say Strang created.

200 Liberty students attend protest after new Falwell revelations

By Will Young — September 13, 2019

(RNS) — The protest comes in response to a Politico article that quotes current and former members of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s ‘inner circle’ describing Liberty as a ‘dictatorship.’

Why Christians must support religious freedom for everyone

By Tony Perkins — June 19, 2019

(RNS) — The promotion of the fundamental human right of religious freedom is the product of a fully formed Christian worldview.

Canada’s Drew Marshall, ‘raw and real’ Christian radio host, ends his 16-year run

By John Longhurst — June 18, 2019

(RNS) — A ‘skeptic on an irreverent search for the sacred,’ Marshall said he will focus on the renewal of his marriage and possible writing projects.

Can the religious right and left be more than a rubber stamp for their parties’ policies?

By Jacob Lupfer — May 23, 2019

(RNS) — Republicans and Democrats say they listen more than ever to the religious wings of their parties, but in truth both religious camps are more likely to follow than lead.

Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 4, 2019

(RNS) — Evans repeatedly made the best-seller lists with wise and funny chronicles of her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving beliefs.

For millennials, mysticism shows a path to their home faiths

By Cathleen Falsani — April 16, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (RNS) — A growing number of millennials are finding that contemplative spirituality is a way to bridge the faith they grew up with and their yearning for deeper connections to God.

Why a pastor made the Bible Belt his mission field

By Dean Inserra — April 1, 2019

(RNS) — The Christian South presents the church with an opportunity to make the gospel known to a region that is saturated with access to the gospel but not true understanding.

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