(RNS) — If you went to a church on a random Sunday morning in 1974 and grabbed 20 white parishioners, 11 would have been Democrats. Today, four would be Democrats. And those Democrats would outnumber the politically liberal churchgoers by a 2-1 ratio.
When was the last time we saw a Democrat actively court religious leaders—not merely in a calculated way to achieve a political end, but because he or she sincerely tied that political end to sacred principles?
LONDON (RNS) — This past year was a trying one for Justin Welby — but he could be in for greater trials.
The conversations at the Q conference did not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks, but they may more closely resemble the national conversation as it occurs in many homes, workplaces, and churches.
A popular Christian blogger says evangelicals have created a domesticated, American Jesus. But is he just making the same old liberal arguments we've heard for decade.
Top Christian theologians offer their perspectives on recent debates about whether Christians should serve same-sex couples getting married. Their opinions surprisingly differ from many mainstream voices dominating the conversation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter a year ago this week (Feb. 28), becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, ...
RNS' Jonathan Merritt uncovers a lesser known lecture by Martin Luther King, Jr. with implications for America's current religious liberty debate.
Rodman's antics are consistent with his eccentric past. But they are not diplomacy, and Christians shouldn't support them.
(RNS) The pope is not a politician, a media loudmouth or an activist. He is a religious figure, wholly dedicated to representing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as he understands it to a world caught up in a thousand other things.
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (RNS) Many of the views that once turned the former Episcopal bishop of Newark into a modern-day heretic are now regarded as so matter-of-fact that they barely occasion much notice.
The Republican-led government shutdown may have the unintended effect of driving more young Christians from the GOP.
(RNS) Pope Francis made clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders, even calling the papal court a "leprosy of the papacy."
The evangelical adoption movement is under attack, mostly from the left.
(RNS) Pope Francis has given a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order in which he made a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and cement his reputation as a pastoral rather than a doctrinal leader. Here are excerpts featuring his most provocative comments, plus links to the full transcript.
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