(RNS) As the monotheistic Abrahamic religions began to spread, “pagan” took on negative connotations as the antithesis of the “true faith” of the monotheists. Pagans were polytheists who believed in various gods and held to questionable moral codes.
Articles tagged “Christianity”
(RNS) If “Man of Steel” panders to Christians, in “The Lone Ranger,” Christians are portrayed as unattractive, ineffectual, hateful or flat-out hypocritically evil.
(RNS) Superman has always been identified with Jesus, which is why Warner Bros. Pictures made a big pitch to churches and pastors to get the flock to see the new “Man of Steel” movie. But many Christians are leaving the theater saying this Superman isn’t Jesus; he’s “the anti-Christ.”
(RNS) The new biopic about Jackie Robinson, the Dodger great who broke baseball’s color line, opened Friday (April 12). But there’s a mysterious hole at the center of this otherwise worthy film: Robinson’s faith, which was integral to his success.
(RNS) Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are less so when affixed to human beings — particularly when labels are meant to summarize one’s spiritual identity.
(RNS) A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation — including atheists and agnostics — are now the third-largest “religious” group in the world. The study, released Tuesday (Dec. 18) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, […]
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) New figures from the 2011 National Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years, from 37.3 million to 33 million last year. By Trevor Grundy.
LONDON (RNS) As Britain waits for Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a new archbishop of Canterbury, there's renewed attention on her title of “Defender of the Faith.” By Trevor Grundy.
(RNS) Attempts to favor one faith — historically Protestant Christianity — over others in the public square are doomed to fail in the new religious America of the 21st century. But that won't stop many in the majority from trying. By Charles C. Haynes.