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It was a Muslim friend of mine, a cleric, who once pointed out to me how artificial our practice of Christian-Muslim dialogue was. Our usual idea of interfaith dialogue is an officially organized session where one or more representatives of each religion presents their own perspective on a topic before an audience, which is generally […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum, leading the GOP field in national polls, is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama’s “theology.” The unapologetic advocacy by Santorum seemed sure to please social conservatives in the Republican Party but also fuel questions about whether he could appeal to independent voters in a general […] Read More

(RNS) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the “Taiwanese Tebow.” But while Lin and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow share similar Christian convictions, Lin’s rise to stardom is even more miraculous. Just a few weeks ago, the Harvard University graduate was buried on the […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Despite continuous attacks on Coptic Christians, a delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said Wednesday (Feb. 8) they do not support the development of a Christian political party as a possible solution. “We don’t need to add more divisions than what we have,” said Atef Gendy, president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, […] Read More

(RNS) The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission. That’s omission, as in omitting facts. The widely circulated e-mail claims that Obama canceled a National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House in 2009, but later that […] Read More

LONDON (RNS) Britain’s powerful media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming on its website and brochures that God’s cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments. The Advertising Standards Authority, the independent regulator of advertising in all British media, ruled that the ads generated by the group Healing on the Streets […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) They may not be as large as Catholics or as active as evangelicals, but white mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable. That’s according to a new poll released Thursday (Feb. 2) that found white mainline Protestants are more evenly split between […] Read More

(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting, calling the practice of watching and betting on roosters who fight to the death antithetical to biblical values. “Christians should stand up and speak out against this barbaric practice, which horrendously abuses God’s creatures,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist […] Read More

(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh. Look at our name, they’ll say, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read The Book of Mormon’s subtitle, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Examine our Articles of Faith, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. According to the Jan. 6 report, the Christian growth rate of 0.9 percent lags behind the Jewish rate of 1.7 percent and the 2.7 percent growth rate among Muslims. Christian Arabs […] Read More