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Does Hollywood demean — or misrepresent — Christianity?

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Does Hollywood demean or misrepresent Christianity? That's a question that Pure Flix Entertainment, producers of "God's Not Dead 2," asked Americans in a survey conducted through the Barna Group. Read more »

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California governor denies parole for Manson follower

California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and... Read more »

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Self-assured, Kaine brings a steady hand to Clinton ticket

Tim Kaine has an Election Day tradition when his name is on the ballot. The avid outdoorsman votes early, then goes hiking in the woods with friends and family for a few hours of calm away from the... Read more »

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See how this forgotten Holocaust history is being given new life

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Some Jewish historians' personal stories of Holocaust survival had reportedly fell into obscurity due to a language barrier, but are now seeing new light after one man embarked on a journey to... Read more »

July 21, 2016

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Who was Mary Magdalene? New book explores the life of the saint

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The biblical figure of Mary Magdalene has been “interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted,” according to Michael Haag, historian and author... Read more »

July 21, 2016

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A majority of Americans believe the next U.S. president should address this issue — and it endangers thousands of Christians across the globe

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The majority of Americans believe the next U.S. president should show a commitment to addressing Christian persecution across the globe. Now, one group has a challenge for Hillary Clinton and... Read more »

July 21, 2016

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Former NFL star Tim Tebow issues a challenge to all Christians: 'We have been given a command'

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Thousands of Christians converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for "Together 2016," an event that organizers marketed as a "historic" gathering of Bible-believers from... Read more »

July 18, 2016

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El Paso evangelist sets up drive-thru prayer service

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July 18, 2016

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Court rules that Florida prisons must provide kosher food to Jewish inmates

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A federal court has ruled that the Florida Department of Corrections must provide Jewish inmates with kosher meals, a decision being praised by religious liberty advocates. Read more »

July 15, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: When ballplayers turn to the man upstairs

Earlier this year, at a Dodgers game, I saw all-star catcher Wilson Ramos step into the right field corner long before the game, go to a knee, bow his head and stay that way for a good two minutes.... Read more »

July 15, 2016

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Is this 'God's Not Dead 2' billboard that was reportedly rejected really 'too incendiary' and 'too political'? You decide

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The Christian movie house that produced "God's Not Dead 2" is claiming that a billboard advertising the film's DVD release was recently rejected, with the advertising company purportedly calling it... Read more »

July 15, 2016

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Draft of Republican Party platform reportedly takes firm pro-Israel stance. See what's inside

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A draft of the new Republican Party platform reportedly expresses “unequivocal support for Israel,” with the GOP platform committee adopting language that departs from past calls for a... Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Canada’s Anglican Church provisionally approves same-sex marriage ceremonies

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Canada’s Anglican Church has provisionally voted to amend its rules to allow clergy to celebrate same-sex marriages, a day after it narrowly defeated the measure. Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Christian denomination becomes 'largest U.K. denomination' to allow gay marriage

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The U.K.-based United Reformed Church voted over the weekend to allow affiliated churches to perform and host same-sex weddings, though churches that oppose such nuptials won't be compelled to do so. Read more »

July 12, 2016

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What do young Americans think on top issues facing the country?

Young Americans have education and the economy at the top of their minds as they think about this year's presidential election. But their thoughts on some of the other top issues facing the country... Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Churches to Russia: We’re not leaving

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Several U.S.-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia. Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Q&A: What will happen now that white Christians are no longer a majority group?

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"The End of White Christian America," released July 12, explores how demographic shifts affect American politics. Read more »

July 11, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: How the Father and the Son were depicted in early Christian art

Ancient and medieval Christian art illustrates some of the difficulties and controversies of Christian theology over the centuries. Read more »

July 9, 2016

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Supreme Court scores well on religious freedom unless sexual freedom is involved

Experts at the BYU law school's annual religious freedom conference urged believers to work to resolve problems before courts become involved but a Y professor said the U.S. Supreme Court does... Read more »

July 8, 2016

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Best ways to cope with recent violent deaths of youths? Connect, talk it out and seek help, experts say

Experts recommend that people attempting to process the recent spate of violent deaths of five youths plug into their respective communities, talk and, if needed, seek the help of a variety of... Read more »

July 7, 2016

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Defending the Faith: 'Transformed by the renewing of your mind'

We're all inevitably affected by our cultural and social environment. Such influences can be spiritually dangerous, though, so it's wise to be aware of rival worldviews and, where necessary, to be... Read more »

July 7, 2016

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Bangladesh restaurant shooters prayed, ate and awaited their fate as martyrs

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Before being shot by security forces, the Islamist militants who attacked a cafÉ in Dhaka said they would happily become “martyrs” because they had successfully completed their... Read more »

July 6, 2016

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Pope Francis prays with parents of US student killed in Rome

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Pope Francis has met the parents of an American teenager who died in suspicious circumstances just after he arrived to start a foreign study program. Read more »

July 6, 2016

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The ‘Splainer: What is the Star of David and what does it mean for Jews?

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Donald Trump’s recent use of a six-pointed star in a tweet widely deemed anti-Semitic has raised many questions about the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism. Read more »

July 6, 2016

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New Harmony: Are you a reliable witness for your life?

In matters of faith, where a pulpit is a witness stand and people constantly share and bear testimony, being a reliable witness is all. Religious souls rise or fall on their authenticity. Read more »

July 6, 2016

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LDS Singles and other religious dating sites must now serve LGBT singles

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A lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, brought by two gay men against the owner of several faith-based dating websites, has been settled. Read more »

July 5, 2016

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Vatican leaks trial nears end with requests for convictions

Prosecutors asked a Vatican tribunal on Monday to absolve one journalist and give a suspended, one-year sentence to another for publishing books based on confidential Vatican documents exposing... Read more »

July 4, 2016

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Jordan Olympic runner says Ramadan fast boosts his mental strength

With guidance from nutritionists and coaches in Jordan and the U.S., the runner follows a training program that has lowered his body fat, cut his marathon time by 15 minutes and has enabled him to... Read more »

July 4, 2016

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Huckabee, Boone enter controversy over California legislation, claiming assault on religions liberty

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and legendary singer and songwriter Pat Boone recently penned a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown, expressing profound concern over legislation that is... Read more »

July 3, 2016

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Islamic group: Muslim man beaten outside Florida mosque

Authorities said they have arrested a suspect in the early Saturday beating of a man outside a Florida mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended, and an Islamic group said the... Read more »

July 2, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: 'God bless America'

“God Bless America” became an unofficial national anthem of the United States almost from the moment Kate Smith sang it on the radio in 1938. Read more »

July 2, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Can a man like Donald Trump find Jesus? Ask Bob Dylan

The word on the wire is Donald Trump has found Jesus. James Dobson from “Focus on the Family” leaked the news to the press earlier this week. So far no one in Trumpland is talking.... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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British faith leaders condemn rise of xenophobia following Brexit vote

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The archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster are among British faith leaders calling on citizens to challenge prejudice, following a sharp rise in xenophobic attacks after the country’s... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Retired pope offers first-ever assessment of his own papacy

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever papal assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Utah Ulster Project helps build harmony between Catholics, Protestants

Twelve teens from Northern Ireland are spending a month in Utah under the Ulster Project, an international initiative that has been encouraging peace, understanding and harmony between Catholics... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: The Dalai Lama shares an example of how to love

Some would argue that there has always been hate in this world, and that there will always be hate. I guess that may be true, but maybe, there can be less hate. I think it’s possible. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Defending the Faith: 2 ways of taking the gospel to others

How we model our beliefs may be more important than any words we ever say, although words, too, are essential to preaching the gospel. Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Legendary coach Pat Summitt felt called by God to do good work

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Pat Summitt, who coached at the University of Tennessee for 38 seasons, was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. Read more »

June 29, 2016

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Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

Retired Pope Benedict XVI endorsed Pope Francis' mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pope honoring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of... Read more »

June 28, 2016

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Pope's message of peace resonates with Syrian Armenians

For most in Armenia, the visit by Pope Francis will be best remembered for his willingness to declare the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians "genocide" and for his message of peace and... Read more »

June 27, 2016

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Pope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia's closed border with Turkey amid new... Read more »

June 25, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: John Knox and the Scottish Reformation

John Knox, the father of Presbyterianism, led an extraordinarily dramatic life not only in Scotland but also in Germany, in Switzerland and at sea. Read more »

June 25, 2016

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Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'

Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide." Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Evangelicals and refugees: Care first, conversion maybe later

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This is the first in a three-part series that looks at evangelical Christians’ complex views of the global migrant crisis as well as how refugees are reacting to evangelical outreach. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Arthur Keefer: Faith matters as UK votes on whether to remain in EU

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For the last month, fliers about the United Kingdom’s referendum on the European Union have come through my door with statements like: “The EU costs us at least £350 million a... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Survey: White evangelicals say US no longer a Christian nation

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The United States is not a Christian country anymore.That’s according to 59 percent of white evangelical Protestants recently surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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1st edition Book of Mormon sells for $52,500 at NYC auction

A first edition of The Book of Mormon printed in the upstate New York town linked to Joseph Smith's establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sold at auction for more... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Defending the Faith: The challenge posed by Jesus

C.S. Lewis saw the Gospels as presenting us with a stark choice regarding Jesus: lunatic, liar or Lord. But are the four New Testament Gospels sober enough accounts to justify his claim? Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Man creates violence, responsible for ending it, Dalai Lama tells U. crowd

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet told a sold-out crowd Tuesday at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center that he is skeptical that peace can be achieved through prayer. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Police interviewing some of the 12 girls found in man's home

When police showed up at Lee Kaplan's home in the Philadelphia suburbs last week, they found a dozen girls living there, the eldest of whom was an 18-year-old who authorities say had been "gifted"... Read more »

June 20, 2016

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