Archive for the ‘Christianity’ Category

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.

Photo by Caniceus/Pixabay/Creative Commons September 17, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Religion provided great comfort to evangelical Christians in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to a study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, their politics made them less likely to see the virus as a threat. Researchers Landon[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Abortion just isn’t the motivating issue for evangelicals it once was

Photo by Maria Oswalt/Unsplash/Creative Commons August 9, 2021 By Ryan Burge (RNS) — In May, the state of Texas passed a ban on abortions after six weeks of gestation, in practice making almost all abortion procedures illegal in the country’s second-largest state. Additionally, that same piece of legislation empowers private citizens to sue any individual who has aided in[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Curmudgeons or not, atheists like those of other faiths more than Christians do, study finds

July 2, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — David Speed does not worship Satan — a fact that helped win over his wife-to-be early in their relationship. On one of their first dates, Speed’s wife, who grew up Anglican, asked him what faith he belonged to. When Speed replied that he was an atheist, she[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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‘Denomination matters’ in Black-focused faith-based health programs, scholars say

Hands raised in worship. Stock photo June 28, 2021 By Adelle M. Banks (RNS) — The health of Black churchgoers can differ depending on the denomination and the gender of the people in the pews, Duke University researchers have found, and scholars are urging more nuanced examination of the data to help address medical issues[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

People wander and find their seats as they wait for the SBC annual meeting at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to begin on June 15, 2021. RNS photo by Kit Doyle By Ryan Burge (RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

Science vs. religion May 25, 2021 By Carol Kuruvilla (RNS) — As public health officials grapple with the slowing rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S., two groups of Americans stand out as being particularly resistant to rolling up their sleeves for the shots: Republicans and white evangelicals. In mid-April, about 20% of white evangelicals said[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Will COVID-19 finally be the end of the church collection plate?

The collection plate is passed during an Easter Sunday service. Photo courtesy of the National Archives April 22, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — In the 1984 film “Mass Appeal,” Father Tim Farley, played by Jack Lemmon, gives a young, aspiring priest a lesson in church finances. Give a good sermon, and church coffers will fill up.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health, new study finds

Photo illustration by Christopher Ross/Pixabay/Creative Commons April 19, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Going to church is generally touted as good for the soul. But there is also evidence church attendance can be good for your health — unless, that is, you are a woman at a church that bars women from preaching or[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts

Musicians perform during a service at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Good Shepherd Church April 16, 2021 By Yonat Shimron (RNS) — Pastor Talbot Davis routinely knocks on doors in the neighborhoods around his Good Shepherd Church, offering to pray a blessing over a new home or a new homeowner.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Like Beth Moore, many women preachers have had to break free to follow God’s call

Kat Armstrong, left, with her Sunday school teacher, Beth Moore. Photo courtesy of Kat Armstrong March 29, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Kat Armstrong didn’t know much about the Bible when she first became a Christian as a teenager. Knowing she was eager to learn, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Houston suggested[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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