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Daniel Burke

(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a “phony theology” not based on the Bible, and prominent evangelist Franklin Graham has said he does not know if Obama is a Christian. “You have to ask him. I cannot answer that question for anybody,” Graham said Tuesday (Feb. […] Read More

(RNS) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. But despite calls this week from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and others to rethink the controversial rite, the church is unlikely to drop it entirely. Latter-day Saints trace posthumous baptism to […] 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

(RNS) Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  — but friends advised otherwise. “Mormons, they’re prejudiced against blacks,” Perkins recalls being told.  Until 1978, the LDS church banned men of African descent from its priesthood, a position open to nearly all Mormon males and the gateway to […] Read More

(RNS) Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination on Thursday (Jan. 19), saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations. “This ‘new Reformed body’ is intended to foster a new way of being the church, just as traditional, mainline denominations rose to serve in their day,” […] 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

(RNS) Seven congregations that broke with the Episcopal Church in 2006 over its liberal policies on homosexuality are not entitled to keep parish property estimated to be worth millions, a Virginia judge ruled on Tuesday (Jan. 10). The ruling by Fairfax County Judge Randy Bellows reverses a decision he made in 2008, and hands a […] Read More

(RNS) The good news for Mitt Romney: he won the Iowa caucuses. The bad news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him. Romney bested former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum by a mere eight votes in Tuesday’s (Jan. 3) first-in-the-nation voting. But just 14 percent of evangelicals supported the former Massachusetts governor, according to entrance […] Read More

(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation by its new chief operating officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls. By his count, there are also nearly 50 departments and offices in the church’s New York headquarters, and 46 committees in its legislative body, […] Read More

(RNS) The Episcopal bishop of South Carolina, who has distanced his diocese from the national denomination since its sanction of openly gay bishops, has not “abandoned” the Episcopal Church, a church committee announced Monday (Nov. 28). Bishop Mark Lawrence, an outspoken conservative, has said that he wants to remain part of the Episcopal Church, even […] Read More