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Thanksgiving

Give Thanks to Western Civilization

In the South Sea Islands there is an interesting religious movement known as the Cargo Cult. It arose as a native response to the arrival of Europeans laden with the rich fruits of their culture–tools, furniture, clothing, a dazzling cornucopia of goods. The islanders, seeing the lavish beneficence of the Western gods, abandoned their own…

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Mel Gibson puts faith in Christian war hero for directorial comeback

Mel Gibson is to direct his first movie in eight years, the second-world-war drama Hacksaw Ridge, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield looks set to star in a film based on the true story of a conscientious objector who was ostracised for his refusal to carry a weapon, but won a…

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How Christianity Explains Beauty and Suffering

The debate between science and religion has reached a glowering standstill. Christianity’s defenders seek to poke holes in the logic of and evidence for evolutionary materialism, even as Darwinian scientists altogether refuse to acknowledge that there is a debate. The New Atheists, meanwhile, a confederation of atheism’s most eloquent popularizers, have convinced their many readers…

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Syrian Christians: ‘Help us to stay–stop arming terrorists’

Outgoing artillery shook St Elias church as the priest reached the end of the Lord’s Prayer. The small congregation kept their eyes on the pulpit, kneeling when required and trying to ignore the regular thuds that rattled the stained glass windows above them. Home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the…

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The Origins of Aggressive Atheism

American faith has gone through many awakenings. Depending on how you count, there have been three or four distinctive surges of Protestant religiosity in the United States, marked by tent revivals, missionary work, widespread conversions, and, often, intense rhetoric about the consequences of sin. These “Great Awakenings” have been memorialized through texts like “Sinners in…

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Faith-based voters and the 2014 midterms

National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future. The most obvious piece of information about religious voters is that a majority of them voted…

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Does Your Insurance Provide Obamacare Abortion Coverage?

Two pro-life research groups announced Thursday on Capitol Hill that they’ve launched a new website designed to help healthcare consumers figure out which Obamacare plans include surcharges that will go directly toward funding abortions. Troubled by the federal and state health exchanges’ “lack of transparency” when it comes to which Obamacare plans require paying for…

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christmas

Who’s a Christmas-friendly retailer — and who’s not?

Just in time for the year-end shopping season, a national pro-family organization has released its annual “Naughty-or-Nice List” for Christmas. The online list published by the American Family Association separates retailers into “Nice,” “Marginal,” or “Naughty” for how they observe and employ the term “Christmas” in their advertising. The list uses a color-coded system, with…

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8 Clear Signs of a Compromising Church

During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 pastors in Germany during that time (from 1933 to 1945), less than 5,000 were aligned with the Confessing Church. Hence, only a…

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Sadie Robertson: It’s an honor to be compared to the Duggars

The Robertsons of “Duck Dynasty” are known for their faith and family values so it’s not surprise they often get compared to “19 Kids & Counting’s” Duggar family. The comparison is welcome, Sadie Robertson told E! News. “It doesn’t bother me at all,” the 17-year-old told E! “I’ve actually met the Duggars once and they’re…

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Seattle teen sues school after being suspended for evangelizing

A high school student in Washington is suing his school district, claiming his religious liberties were violated by three separate disciplinary suspensions for preaching and passing out Bible verses. Michael Leal does not deny that he repeatedly passed out mass-produced Christian literature at suburban Seattle Cascade High School, and claims he was fully within his…

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9 Classic Christian Books Worth Revisiting

There’s no shortage of great new books to fill your fall reading list, but every once and a while, it’s good to throw in a few classics. Here’s a look at nine of our favorites that—even if you’ve read them before—are worth revisiting again soon. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan If you haven’t picked up…

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