Church seeks line between interfaith and intolerance

Tim Townsend |

DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) In a time when disdain for other faiths is commonplace, even blessed in some religious circles, how does a Bible study instructor contrast the teachings and doctrines of another tradition and his own without seeming intolerant? Tim Townsend reports.

Dickens and religion: A tale of two views

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

(RNS) “It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful, and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them, or of our prayers or of our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything.” — Charles Dickens, The Life of Our Lord

As missionary movement turns 200, questions for the future

G. Jeffrey MacDonald |

“It's part of the American character to go out and help people,” said Clifford Putney, assistant professor of American religious history at Bentley University. “We go (out) saying we have all these great ideas and (people abroad) would be better off following them.”