CAIRO (RNS) The Maspero Youth Union, formed to fight for civil rights, rejects the mostly passive role Copts played before the revolution, when the church’s patriarch served as proxy for the Coptic community in all matters political.
(RNS) Many atheists, agnostics and humanists credit Carl Sagan and his “Cosmos” TV series with instilling in them skepticism of the supernatural and a sense of wonder about the universe. Both, they say, encouraged their rejection of institutional religion.
(RNS) American evangelicals who insist they never supported Uganda’s anti-gay law now find themselves on the defense, saying their statements against homosexuality at home are being twisted as an endorsement of harsh penalties against gays and lesbians abroad.
(RNS) Just as heaven is often depicted as people sitting on clouds strumming harps, “Latter-day Saints’ doctrine of exaltation is often similarly reduced in media to a cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets,” the statement says.
(RNS) Everything you need to know about Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the 40-day period of reflection, penance and fasting in Lent.
“America has always sought to be a home for the oppressed around the world. Educating one’s children according to one’s religious convictions is a human right. Sending this family back to Germany is the repudiation of a great American heritage.” – Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, after the Supreme Court declined […]
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JERUSALEM (RNS) The call of the muezzin, broadcast by loudspeakers on nearly 200 minarets, can be heard across Jerusalem’s hills and valleys, especially in the middle of the night, when the rest of the city is asleep.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals who want what’s best for Israel need to reconsider the narrative that some members of our community would have us believe. Our role cannot be one that supports the perpetuation of war and conflict; it has to be firmly rooted in the values of freedom, security and dignity for all God’s children.