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Category: Culture

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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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natural

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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atheist

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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voting

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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christmas

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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confessing

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

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

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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books

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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manson

Many were shocked to learn recently that infamous mass murderer Charles Manson was issued a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison. Manson and several of his followers were convicted in the horrific 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, 26, wife of director Roman Polanski; celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, 35;…

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“In an average week, one-in-five Americans share their religious faith online, about the same percentage that tune in to religious talk radio, watch religious TV programs or listen to Christian rock music. And nearly half of U.S. adults see someone else share their religious faith online in a typical week.” That’s the opening paragraph of…

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wwi

In The Great and Holy War, Philip Jenkins helps us to see a familiar topic from a different angle.  He explores the role of religion, public and personal, during the years of World War I.  What emerge from his study are new insights into the way religious consciousness changed during the twentieth century and how…

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