(RNS) Conventional wisdom in advertising and marketing agrees that as tempting as it is for the Southern Baptists to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice before undergoing a brand overhaul. By David Gibson.
Archives: February 2012
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) New reports on the extent of surveillance of Muslim groups by the New York Police Department revealed the NYPD had been operating well outside its jurisdiction, cataloging Muslim communities on Long Island, New Jersey and campuses across the region. By David Giambusso and James Queally.
LONDON (RNS) A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world's “most famous atheist'' now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn't exist _ but just barely. By Al Webb.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Washington National Cathedral took 83 years to build, but a rare earthquake last summer took only seconds to wreak damage that will take as long as a decade to repair and cost more than $20 million. By Lauren Markoe.
There's a new kind of Mormon baptism (and Salt Lake City likely won't be amused) and a tragic kind of baptism at an Indiana church. Fidel Castro may come back to Mother Rome, and Southern Baptists say “no thanks” to a BUBBA name.
(RNS) Many African-American atheists say that the act of “coming out” as nonbelievers in their community is to risk everything — friends, family, business ties — even their racial and cultural identity. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) As Southern Baptist Convention leaders recently weighed changing their denomination’s name, they were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. Here are some of the more intriguing rejects. By Adelle M. Banks.
No one sported ashes at last night’s Republican debate. But everyone did penance. Mitt and Rick pounded each other, and Newt had to watch. Then they all got to criticize Obama for promoting policies on contraception that they used to support themselves. Except for Ron Paul: “You don’t blame the pills.”
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has not had much in common with Roman Catholics, but President Obama's contraception mandate has led the St. Louis-based church to find “large consensus with the Roman Catholic Church on moral issues,” its new president said. By Tim Townsend.
(RNS) A federal court on Wednesday (Feb. 23) struck down a Washington state law that requires pharmacists to dispense the morning-after pill even if it violates their religious beliefs. By Lauren Markoe.