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Yes, leading evangelicals are embracing rap. Religious folks do give more than non-believers. But is it because of their faith or something else? We found the ultimate explainer story, and Pope Francis looks like he is headed to Israel this spring.

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. I had read that Bambi was an anti-capitalist allegory written Salten, a socialist, and translated into English by Whittaker Chambers, while he was still a Communist but before he turned in Alger Hiss. I read the tale in both English and the original German, and it is very different from Walt Disney’s version.

  2. Its the old dodge of pretending giving to a church automatically counts as charity. When one discounts tithings and money given directly to a church, charitable donations are far less among the religious than others.

    • Actually, Larry, you are mistaken. Substantial research on the subject demonstrates that even when church/temple/mosque giving is eliminated, the religious significantly outgive the irreligious. See Who Really Cares (Arthur C. Brooks) and Heart of the Donor (Russ Reid Company/Grey Matter Research). Christian do not outgive people from other faiths in the US, but people of faith in general substantially outgive those who are not believers.

      • Not true at all.

        When discounting donations to churches and charities religious donations to charity are far less (by region). Neither Brooks nor Grey Matter Research do that. They rely on the heavily flawed self-congratulatory Hoovers study. They also count donations to religious-based political action organizations as charity as well.

  3. David Lloyd-Jones

    Wassa matter? You lost the caption you had set in type and put in storage for re-use?

    “Pope meets Israel PM. (Pope is the one wearing kippa.)”


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