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Is the Internet bad for religion?

A new paper draws an intriguing conclusion to a question scholars have wrestled with for several decades: Why are Americans dropping out of church? One reason? They’re logging on to the Internet. Allen Downey, a professor of computer science at ...

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Lessons from the road

My family and I recently returned from our summer road trip through the Midwest and, along the way, I was reminded of some things about my faith, my family and myself. I was reminded that some friends are in it ...

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Answers to your kids’ toughest questions

It’s part of the job description for parents: being able to answer your kids’ questions—all of them. Even the most challenging ones, such as, “Why did grandma get sick for six months and die?” or “Why did that tsunami kill ...

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Debunking those Internet rumors

Have you heard that new patriotic-themed Pepsi cans omit the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance? That President Obama has proclaimed this month to be “International Muslim Awareness Month?” That a study found that Fox News viewers have ...

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Compassion

  • Still jailed in Turkey, Andrew Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness
    American pastor Andrew Brunson’s continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say. Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say, that led to Brunson’s October 2016 arrest and subsequent imprisonment over […]
  • Knesset passes a law officially making Israel a Jewish state
    In the wee hours of Thursday (July 19), Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a nation-state law that explicitly defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” The law passed 62-55 during a heated session that revealed deep divisions within Israeli society over the religious and democratic character of what many have long called […]
  • Federal court protects religious freedom in Texas case
    A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues to a chain of abortion clinics. “It is hard to imagine a better example of how far we have strayed from the […]
  • Court thwarts attempt to tax religious ministry to underprivileged children
    An Illinois court ruled Wednesday (July 18) that the state can’t tax a religious ministry to underprivileged children. The Illinois Department of Employment Security had attempted to assess unemployment compensation taxes to By the Hand Club for Kids, a ministry of The Moody Church, even though it had qualified as nontaxable since its creation in […]
  • Tim Tebow’s field of dreams | Playing ball, serving Jesus
    He’s back on the field, and as always, Christian sports star Tim Tebow knows what’s truly important. Tim Tebow is one of the most beloved—and belittled—men to fasten his chin strap on a football field. About a decade ago, Tebow helped the Florida Gators win two national championships with his vocal leadership and his rugged […]
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