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Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP convention blessing prompts debate

(RNS) The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention in Florida next week was seen as a huge coup for Mitt …

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Ad Campaign Calls on Christians to ‘Love Your Neighbors’ of All Faiths

In early August, a mosque in Joplin, Mo., burned to the ground. It was the second fire that damaged the facility this summer — the first, determined to be arson. In light of this attack and others like …

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Does megachurch ‘high’ explain their success?

(RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry …

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The Great Mystery Movie

World Internet Premiere (free) August 24th through September 2nd!

The film is viewable for free until September 2 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvfHV5reRqg. Go to www.thegreatmysterymovie.com if you are interested in the purchase packages.

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Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality

Feminism » Ordination may be a long shot, but activists see a middle ground to greater visibility and involvement in their faith.

For some Mormon feminists, there can be only one goal on the road to gender equality: priesthood ordination. After all, every worthy male in the lay-clergy-run Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — starting at age …

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Do the American nuns have a future?

…studies show that despite conservative claims, traditional orders are not doing that much better than the liberal communities. In 1992 the Vatican set up a rival organization to the LCWR, called the Council of Major Superiors of …

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Survey: most Americans keep faith private online

(RNS) Meet the social media “nones.” A new survey finds that Americans, while mostly religious, generally do not use social media to supplement worship and mostly keep their faith private online. The Public Religion Research Institute survey found about one in …

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U.S. Still Religious, But Trust In Institutions Wanes

Something is happening when it comes to religion in America. Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup …

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Dark Knights — How Spiritual Communities Could Help

The recent horrible shooting incident at a premier showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado has focused attention, once again, on some aspects of what has gone wrong when a person takes such a violent and antisocial turn.

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In mad world, practice basic acts of kindness

Every time there is another senseless massacre committed by a mad man armed with military-styled weapons, there is an article in me that fights to come out. I want to scream at the people who donate to …

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Thank You Ross Douthat; A Discussion on Liberal Christianity

Well at least we can all agree that Ross Douthat got our attention with the article he wrote recently for the New York Times. His dire attack on the so called liberal churches has already stimulated several well written articles, with a plethora of responses to each of these.

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Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

Note from the Editor: This article has been getting so much attention that we at ProgressiveChristianity.org have decided to reference it in our News section.  For progressive Christian rebuttals to this article, read the recent works of …

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Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat

Many of the criticisms were mean-spirited or partisan, continuing a decade-long internal debate about the Episcopal Church’s future. However, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat broadened the discussion, moving beyond inside-baseball ecclesial politics to ask a larger question: “Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?”

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Vatican says disgraced Legion of Christ needs a new identity

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The disgraced Legion of Christ religious order needs to rethink its identity before going forward with its internal reform, the papal envoy in charge of the group’s overhaul told priests and lay members in …

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Conservative Christianity’s Marketing Gimmick to Keep Its Old-Time, Heaven-and-Hell Religion Afloat

The Southern Baptists are staking their institutional future on the idea that patriarchal religion still has a market for some time to come.

 The Southern Baptist Convention is a force to be reckoned with. As the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, with over 45,000 affiliate churches, it have been shaping and channeling conservative Christian sensibilities since the Civil …

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