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Why a Bible belt conservative spent a year pretending to be gay

Timothy Kurek, a graduate of the evangelical Liberty University, decided to 'walk in the shoes' of a gay man and emerged with his faith strengthened

Timothy Kurek grew up hating homosexuality. As a conservative Christian deep in America’s Bible belt, he had been taught that being gay was an abomination before God. He went to his right-wing church, saw himself as a …

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Filmmaker asks whether hell is real, and who goes there

(RNS) It’s something that has haunted Kevin Miller ever since he became a Christian at age 9 at summer camp: hell.   Now 41, Miller says he has no idea what happens to people after death. But …

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Fifty years on, Catholics still debate the meaning of Vatican II

When Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council half a century ago, he said he wanted to “open the windows” of his almost 2,000-year Church to the rapid changes in the modern world. Within a few …

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Catholic theologian preaches revolution to end church’s ‘authoritarian’ rule

Hans Küng urges confrontation from the grassroots to unseat pope and force radical reform at Vatican

One of the world’s most prominent Catholic theologians has called for a revolution from below to unseat the pope and force radical reform at the Vatican. Hans Küng is appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront the Catholic …

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Outgrowing Evangelicalism: It’s Not Just for Scholars Anymore

In July, Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay, posted on his website his experience of being a Christian, a  musician, and why he finds it hard–maybe more than just “hard”–to do that within the world of evangelicalism. The band’s in a studio …

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Number of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds …

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Non-Catholics less likely to credit Columbus with discovery of America

Is there no end to the things that divide people by religious categories? Here’s a stat for your Columbus Day (Observed) edition: Eighty-seven percent of Roman Catholics credit Christopher Columbus with discovering America, according to a 2010 …

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Emerging Christianity: Growing into Spiritual Adulthood

Hosted by Kathy Kirk

Rarely is the Bible perceived as a tool of transformational change; yet it is. As humanity moves deeper into a time of conscious awakening, traditional Bible interpretations become stepping stones illuminating paths of greater understanding. The special guest for this program is Bishop John Shelby Spong.

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Sally Quinn Declares Romney Debate Winner for Mentioning God

In the Washington Post’s On Faith section, Sally Quinn, whose last noticed piece of writing was a much-ridiculed lament about the decline of the Washington power dinner party, is out this afternoon with quite possibly one of the most slipshod treatments of religion …

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‘Jesus wife’ Coptic papyrus is a fake, declares Vatican newspaper

Citing concerns about fragment’s authenticity and its origin, the paper also criticized Harvard, a Vatican newspaper declared the so-called “Jesus wife” papyrus a fake. Nine days after early Christianity scholar Karen King announced the discovery of an …

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Romney appeals to evangelicals through shared `Judeo-Christian’ values

(RNS) Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by rarely mentioning religion …

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Is Romney’s Foreign Policy Problem a Product of his Mormonism?

RD: How would you characterize Mormon thought on war, peace, and foreign policy?  PM: There has not been a systematic body of thought. Over the past 100 years, Mormons have been all over the map from the …

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