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Nuns on the Bus Returns in Missouri

Earlier this summer, members of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, boarded a bus in Des Moines, Iowa for a two week tour across the country to draw attention to those working families most affected by …

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Under pressure, Democrats restore ‘God’ to party platform

(RNS) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized upon the omission as a failure of their opponents …

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GSN Sets Ratings Record With ‘Bible Challenge’ Debut

Original game show debut draws 1.7 million viewers

The premiere episode of GSN’s new original series The American Bible Challenge set a network ratings record, drawing nearly 2 million viewers. The game show series, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, drew 1.7 million viewers for its 8 p.m. series …

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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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A Book Every Progressive Should Read

Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions? Read Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm.  It is a fascinating study of the …

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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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Hellbound? Trailer

This is the official theatrical trailer for the documentary “Hellbound?”, which hits theaters across North America starting September 2012. For more information about the film, please visit hellboundthemovie.com.

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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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Survey finds 19% without religious affiliation

Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check

The rapid rise of Nones — including atheists, agnostics and those who say they believe “nothing in particular” — defies the usually glacial rate of change in spiritual identity. Barry Kosmin, co-author of three American Religious Identification …

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Can Non-Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

So the time has come, I think, for Liberal Christians to get excited, to get active, and to get vocal – not just about the contemporary issues of equality and justice that we feel passionate about, but also vocal about the fact that what we stand for is something that has always been a part of Christianity, even if it has sometimes been forced to the fringes.

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Majority of South Carolina deputies walk out to protest convention actions

[Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The majority of the Diocese of South Carolina’s deputies left the General Convention July 11 because, in the words of its remaining clergy deputy, the gathering has passed resolutions that violate the doctrine, …

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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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