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Thirteen days (at press time) until the Iowa caucuses when the question everyone is asking in coffeehouses, churches and civic clubs will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity? On Feb. 1, Republican and Democratic voters in the rural […] Read More

What’s the latest controversy about public education in your area? In my state of Tennessee, the topic is “teaching about Islam” to middle school students. Some parents (and outside instigators) are concerned that the state educational curriculum includes teaching about the history and beliefs of Islam at certain grade levels. “Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner […] Read More

Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders and others are inadvertently the spearheads of Islamism in the U.S. and Europe. This may sound like a bit of a radical statement, but perhaps it isn’t. Through the widely reported Texas event, the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest,” a few have successfully handed another great victory to […] Read More

Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, according to a Pew Research Center study. Pew is projecting that Islam will increase from 1.6 billion followers (2010) to 2.76 billion (2050) while Christianity would increase from 2.17 billion to 2.92 billion. This would mean that the […] Read More

Japanese Christians were in a weaker position at the end of the 16th century than most realized, even though 250 churches had been established in the nation between 1549 and 1582. From multiple sources, Japanese authorities were receiving alarming signals about what the long-term intentions of the visitors might be. Some loud-mouthed Europeans were heard […] Read More

This year marks a singularly grim anniversary in Christian history. In 2014, it is exactly 400 years since the start of the horrific persecution that destroyed the once flourishing church in Japan. When we think of persecutions on this scale, we normally tend to set them in an ancient or medieval context. The world of […] Read More

One would rightly expect calls for peace in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sermons offered by Christianity’s most visible leaders – heads of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. And one would not have been disappointed. Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, called for peace. Prayers for Israelis and Palestinians […] Read More

Every year, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days. Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year because it was the month in which the Quran was revealed. The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and an essential observance for all devout Muslims. Every year, […] Read More

An estimated one-third of the world’s 6.9 billion people in 2010 were Christians who lived around the globe, making Christianity a global faith. While the Americas and Europe are still “home to a majority of the world’s Christians,” Christianity “has grown enormously in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region,” according to a report produced by […] Read More

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office […] Read More