Pastor perseveres despite autism diagnosis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) In 2009, when he was an associate pastor at Abundant Life Christian Center, Henry Clarke finally faced the puzzle that was his life. He took a test he found online. While the results were a revelation, it was still a devastating diagnosis. By Kathleen Polinquin.

Why Ross Douthat thinks we’re ‘a nation of heretics’

(RNS) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn't mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.”  In an interview with Religion News Service, Douthat explains his definition of heresy, why he thinks Mitt Romney and President Obama are both heretics, and why more Americans should argue about religion. By Daniel Burke.

Church seeks line between interfaith and intolerance

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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

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(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