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  • The church with no God in America's Bible Belt

    07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2014 | Peter Foster
    Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of Americaís Bible Belt, looks very much like a church. And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too. There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. ďI pass seven big churches between my house and the...
  • Rome Sweet Home - Our Journey to Catholicism

    12/31/2013 1:44:07 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.amazon.com/ ^ | August 1, 1993 | Scott & Kimberly Hahn
    The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his "enemy" had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is...
  • Rob Bell Has Left The Church For A ďQuasi-Intentional Spiritual CommunityĒ?

    12/09/2013 6:02:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 9, 2013 | Denny Burk
    †Jim Hinch†argues in†The American Scholar†that evangelicalism is on decline in America. This thesis is not new. Heís accessing trends in polling data that evangelicals have been aware of for years. The article focuses on the demise of Robert Schuller and his Crystal Cathedral as a parable of whatís happening in evangelicalism writ large. Hinch then argues that Rob Bellís flight from the pastorate and from his own megachurch is a leading indicator of where younger evangelicals are trending. In short, theyíre leaving the movement. And in Bellís case in particular, theyíre leaving the church altogether. Hinch writes:Yet, like so many...
  • Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower

    12/01/2013 5:55:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/22/2013 2:21PM | Kirsten Powers
    Kirsten Powers on her religious awakening.
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - Sept. 2, 2013 - Dan Burke, convert from Judaism

    09/02/2013 4:16:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 2, 2013 | Marcus Grodi
    † Mon. Sep. 2 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Sep. 3 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Sep. 6 at 1:00 PM ET DAN BURKE Marcus welcomes Dan Burke, a convert from Judaism to discuss his journey to the Catholic faith. DAN BURKE'S CONVERSION STORY From Hatred to Hope: One Manís 20 Year Journey into the Catholic Faith by Daniel BurkeMy first exposure to Catholicism was through an abusive step-father. A few key memories include our home being destroyed end-to-end in a drunken rage, and forensic photographs of my mother after a brutal encounter. My most prominent memory is of gunfire in...
  • Former Gosnell Abortion Worker is Finding God, Becoming Pro-Life

    07/16/2013 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The former employee of the late-term abortion clinic Kermit Gosnell ran saw the worst of the worst in the abortion industry. From dilapidated conditions, to late-term abortions and from infanticide of babies born alive to the killing and injuring of patients, the employees at the Philadelphia-based abortion business likely have a significant amount of emotional distress and mental and spiritual health issues they are dealing with now. But Abby Johnson, herself a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic who is now a Christian and pro-life, says a former Gosnell worker is rediscovering a relationship with God and may...
  • My Sunday at an Atheistic Church

    02/10/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Kyle Beshears
    Last month I stumbled upon an article about an atheistic ‚Äúchurch service‚ÄĚ in London. I didn‚Äôt even read the whole thing before I decided I had to go.The Sunday Assembly, as the group is called, meets once a month at The Nave in North London for ‚Äúanybody searching for a sense of community, to meet and ‚Äėturn good intentions into action.‚Äô‚ÄĚIt is, all things considered, an atheistic church.Yes. A church for atheists.The Nave ‚Äď new home to the atheistic church The Sunday Assembly This morning I woke up, sacrificed hearing Os Guinness¬†speak at my own church, and ventured down to...
  • Pope: Everyone, Even Atheists, Want to See the Face of God

    01/16/2013 8:57:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1,224 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/16/13
    General audience, Benedict XVI defines the Incarnation as "something unimaginable, the face of God can be seen, the process that began with Abraham is fulfilled." The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, he asks "for the great gift" to "proclaim together that Jesus is the Savior of the world."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The desire to know the face of God is in every man, even the atheists," but this desire is only realized by following Christ, in whom, in the Incarnation, "something unimaginable took place, the journey that began with Abraham is fulfilled. He is the Son, the fullness of...
  • How Easter Killed My Faith in Atheism

    04/20/2011 6:17:23 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 04-20-2011 | Lee Strobel
    Earlier this week, humorist Ricky Gervais presented his arguments for atheism and why he thought he was a better Christian than many Christians. In this follow-up essay, writer Lee Strobel offers his defense of Easter. It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was ďdivorce.Ē I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous holy roller. But over the following months, I was intrigued by the positive changes in her character and values. Finally,...
  • A Pastoral Response to Anne Rice quitting Christianity (Mark Driscoll)

    08/17/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT · by SnakeDoctor · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/11/2010 | Mark Driscoll
    Anne Rice is in a season that many, if not all, Christians experience: the great joy of coming to personally embrace the love, forgiveness, and new life that Jesus offers is then followed by the troubles and trials of learning the teachings of the Bible and living with fellow Christians. Truthfully, both are difficult. Every Christian struggles, to varying degrees, with different parts of the Bible because they call us to repent of beliefs we formerly held and ways in which we formerly behaved. Anne Rice struggles with the Bible's opposition to homosexuality and its teachings on gender roles. She...
  • Anne Rice quits Christianity -- but not Christ

    07/30/2010 7:57:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 120 replies · 3+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 30, 2010
    Novelist Anne Rice remains committed to Christ. But she is quitting Christianity. The ďInterview With The VampireĒ author, who in recent years has spoken publicly about her faith and written a series of novels tracing the life of Jesus, wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday that she was finished with organized Christianity. For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being "Christian" or to being part of Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to "belong" to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious,...
  • Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook...

    07/29/2010 1:53:32 PM PDT · by TaraP · 156 replies · 2+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | July 28th, 2010
    Well, some stars like Amanda Bynes use technology like Twitter to tell the world they are retiring. Some stars like Kelsey Grammar announce the end of his marriage. But today Anne Rice became the first pop culture figure I know that decided to break up with Christians, and she did it using facebook. On her official website she posted the following announcement via her facebook feed this afternoon:"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be...
  • The Two Lists: A Former Pro-Choice Atheist Reflects on Sex, Abortion and Anger

    01/28/2010 3:56:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 919+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/28/10 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    January 28, 2010 (InsideCatholic.com) - Of all the things I remember about the Texas March for Life in Austin last January, the memory that stands out the most is the look on the faces of the counter-protesters who followed us along Congress Avenue and down to the capitol that frosty morning. When I glanced over to see the source of the epithets that were being screamed at us, I met the eyes of one young woman wearing a black bandana over the bottom half of her face. She happened to look over and meet my gaze, and in her...
  • In Obama We Trust?

    08/27/2009 7:11:57 AM PDT · by big black dog · 4 replies · 557+ views
    I grew up in a home where God was MIA. I donít remember religion being mentioned except occasional references to some sort of God and a heaven. While my family was proud of their ethnicity, they didnít practice the religion. Aside from the requisite Bar Mitvahs, they never set foot in a synagogue. My parents did worship at the altar of pleasure. They loved to party; they lived for the times theyíd go out with their large, rowdy group, and dance and drink the night away. Iím not sure why my parents were such party animals. It was probably a...
  • John Travolta Ready To Quit Scientology?

    07/27/2009 8:45:07 PM PDT · by FreeManWhoCan · 60 replies · 6,274+ views
    John Travolta may be close to leaving the Church of Scientology, according to a new report. The actor - along with fellow Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise - is one of the most high-profile members of the controversial organisation, and has been for 34 years. But his faith in L Ron Hubbard's teachings is said to have been severely shaken by the death of his autistic son Jett following a seizure in January. Those close to Travolta Ė who only publicly acknowledged his son's autism after the 16-year-old's death Ė say that the tragedy has prompted the actor to question his...
  • Gnarly: from abuse victim, to prostitute, to surfer, to minister

    07/19/2009 4:53:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 974+ views
    Deacon's bench ^ | July 18, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    A former champion surfer, Mary Setterholm suffered sexual abuse and turned to prostitution before finding a new path. Next month, sheíll begin the masterís of divinity program at Columbia Universityís Union Theological Seminary. Real life stories of redemption and healing don't get much better than this. How long until Lifetime turns it into a movie? From the Los Angeles Times: It's another beautiful day in paradise and I'm out on the ocean, riding waves with a former national surfing champion and onetime prostitute who's about to join a seminary. Go ahead, try to name one other state where I could...
  • Confessions of a Lapsed Atheist

    06/22/2009 5:33:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 274 replies · 6,667+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6/21/2009 | Jenn Q. Public
    Do you believe in God? Really? And you're willing to admit it in public? Oops. Sorry, for a moment I slipped back into the arrogant Atheism of my youth. Before my parents had children, they decided to raise their kids in a secular home. We had gifts at Christmas time and chocolate covered matzoh during Passover, but there was no religion and certainly no God. When I was in grade school, God was just a kind of nondescript character who popped up in Little House on the Prairie books from time to time. He seemed like a decent enough fellow,...
  • shopping for faith: churches vie for members as New Hampshireís social atmosphere changes

    04/29/2009 11:06:19 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 476+ views
    The Wire ^ | 29 April 2009 | Matt Kanner
    People of all ages milled about the lobby of Newingtonís Regal Cinemas at 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday, sipping coffee, munching doughnuts and chatting amiably. Some guests were in their 20s and arrived with friends, while others were whole families with parents and children. Some wore T-shirts that said ďNo Perfect People Allowed.Ē Rock music blasted through the sound system as a couple of hundred guests filed into one of the theaters and took their seats. The atmosphere of anticipation seemed more typical of a rock concert than a church service. And indeed, a six-piece rock band soon took...
  • Survey: Americans switch faiths early, often

    04/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,052+ views
    Google | AP ^ | 4/27/09 | Eric Gorski
    The U.S. is a nation of religious drifters, with about half of adults restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during their lives, a new survey has found. And the reasons behind all the swapping depend greatly on whether one grows up kneeling at Roman Catholic Mass, praying in a Protestant pew or occupied with nonreligious pursuits, according to a report issued Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. While Catholics are more likely to leave the church because they stopped believing its teachings, many Protestants are driven to trade one Protestant denomination or affiliation for another...
  • Abandon all hope, Christians [an open letter from "Losing My Religion" author William Lobdell]

    03/10/2009 12:31:41 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 111 replies · 2,391+ views
    Pasadena Weekly ^ | 03/05/2009 | William Lobdell
    Imay be the most prayed-for atheist in America. Since my memoir, ďLosing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America ó and Found Unexpected Peace,Ē was released last week, Iíve received scores of emails and phone calls assuring me that God hasnít given up on me and that Iíve been put on various prayer lists around the world. So far, itís not working. ďLosing My ReligionĒ details my journey from a gung-ho evangelical Christian who became a religion reporter for the Los Angeles Times (I thought God had answered my prayers) to a reluctant atheist because...
  • Coming to terms with doubt: How reporting on religion cost writer his faith

    03/10/2009 8:44:54 PM PDT · by delacoert · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Telegraph Herald ^ | March 7, 2009 | MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON
    It started out as the dream job for a passionate Christian -- reporting about religion for a major newspaper. But writing about other people's religions ended up costing William Lobdell his own. The former Los Angeles Times reporter chronicled his soul-wrenching, emotion-laden journey in the recently released book "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace," published by Harper Collins. Lobdell's spiritual journey led him from an uninspired Protestant childhood to agnosticism before he attended a weekend Christian men's retreat where he was "born again." Concerned with what he considered...
  • Rebel With a Cause: [Louisiana Governor] Bobby Jindal's Spiritual Journey

    07/31/2008 6:26:24 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 111 replies · 745+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2008 | Robert Costa
    In 1988, 16-year-old Piyush Jindal totaled his father's new car a few weeks before graduating from Baton Rouge High School. Piyush -- who then and now prefers the nickname "Bobby" he adopted from "The Brady Brunch" sitcom -- had to assess more than fender damage with his parents. "Which God do you have to thank for your safety?" Mr. Jindal, now governor of Louisiana, remembers his mother, Raj, a practicing Hindu, inquiring after he escaped from the wreck. For the child of Punjabi immigrants who had announced his Christian beliefs the previous summer, the question was difficult. Twenty years later,...
  • Barack Obama's Christian Journey

    07/15/2008 6:52:47 AM PDT · by Hugin · 27 replies · 74+ views
    Newsweek excerpted on Townhall (Hugh Hewitt) ^ | July 15, 2008 | Posted by Duane R. Patterson
    The July 1st cover story in Newsweek details the pathway of Barack Obama's journey to faith. You can read the story here. Included in this story are audio clips of Barack Obama describing part of this journey. The audio is very noisy and hard to make out, as the plane is in mid-flight. Below is a transcript of the two passages for your perusal. "It wasn't an epiphany. You know, a bolt of lightning didn't strike me and Sunday, I said, "A-ha!" It was a more gradual process of...maybe that traced back to those times that I had spent in...
  • Finding His Faith (Obama's Christian Journey)

    07/12/2008 4:20:59 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 37 replies · 112+ views
    newsweak ^ | 07/12/08 | Lisa Miller and Richard Wolffe
    So much has been made about Barack Obama's religion. But what does he believe, and how did he arrive at those beliefs? In 1981 Barack Obama was 20 years old, a Columbia University student in search of the meaning of life. He was torn a million different ways: between youth and maturity, black and white, coasts and continents, wonder and tragedy. He enrolled at Columbia in part to get far away from his past; he'd gone to high school in Hawaii and had just spent two years "enjoying myself," as he puts it, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In...
  • FLASHBACK: A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith

    04/30/2008 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 5 replies · 92+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 30, 2007 | JODI KANTOR
    Mr. Wright, who has long prided himself on criticizing the establishment, said he knew that he may not play well in Mr. Obamaís audition for the ultimate establishment job. ďIf Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,Ē Mr. Wright said with a shrug. ďI said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.Ē
  • From Jew to Catholic, author finds his path a natural one

    07/15/2007 4:59:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 456+ views
    Valley Tribune ^ | July 15, 2007 | Lawn Griffiths
    Once a Jew and now a Roman Catholic, Roy Schoeman says his spiritual journey follows much the same transition as Christianity¬ís development from the seeds of Judaism. ¬ďI haven¬ít converted to another religion,¬Ē he explains. ¬ďThe Catholic Church is the continuation of Judaism. They are one and the same religion ¬ó the thing is the religion changed with the incarnation (God coming to earth in the human form of Jesus). It was always going to change.¬Ē Schoeman, author of ¬ďSalvation Is From the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History From Abraham to the Second Coming,¬Ē will speak during...
  • FINDING MY RELIGION: Wendy Moore creates her own spirituality

    07/24/2006 8:04:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 483+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/24/6 | David Ian Miller
    If you can't find a religion that moves you, why not invent one? America has a long history of do-it-yourself spirituality going back at least far as Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalists. And that desire to "roll your own religion" shows no sign of fading away. A September 2005 Newsweek poll found eight in 10 Americans do not believe any one faith is the sole path to salvation. So it's no surprise that some are weaving together strands from a variety of faiths to create their own personal religions. Wendi Moore-Buysee, a 36-year-old motivational speaker and life coach, is...
  • Madonna reportedly leaving Kabbalah

    07/10/2006 11:39:34 AM PDT · by Millee · 24 replies · 899+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/10/06 | Mike Obel
    Pop star Madonna is reportedly close to dumping Kabbalah, a mystical form of Judaism that she has rather publicly embraced recently. Friends say the singer has talked of loosening her red Kabbalah wristband as she wearies of the religion, the Independent reported Sunday. She also is tired of the financial burdens associated with being a devotee and mindful, too, of the stress her interest in the Kabbalah has put on her marriage to Guy Ritchie. "The singer's links to the version of Kabbalah that she follows are so intimate now ó personally and financially ó that withdrawal would be difficult,...
  • Former Christian Brian Flemming has made a documentary arguing that the biblical story

    02/13/2006 10:37:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 974+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/13/6 | David Ian Miller
    FINDING MY RELIGION: Former Christian Brian Flemming has made a documentary arguing that the biblical story of Jesus Christ is a myth In his film "The God Who Wasn't There," Brian Flemming questions the very existence of Jesus Christ, a premise that might leave some hard-core Christians convinced this former Christian is going to hell. In the film, Flemming argues that the biblical Jesus is a myth, a legend based on allegorical stories that were never supposed to be seen as historical accounts. It's a provocative claim but not without precedent. Many scholars have questioned the historicity of the Jesus...
  • Feminist icon and former Al Gore sartorian guru Naomi Wolf has found Christ.

    01/31/2006 9:56:29 AM PST · by MensRightsActivist · 27 replies · 759+ views
    Belief Net/Loose Canon ^ | January 30, 2006 | Charlotte Hays
    Feminist icon and former Al Gore sartorian guru Naomi Wolf has found Christ "Feminist icon and former Al Gore sartorian guru Naomi Wolf has found Christ. I'm not comfortable commenting on her conversion, except to say I wish her well. But I do want to quote an account from the Glasgow Sunday Herald:" Revered as a feminist icon, then slated for being an intellectual lightweight, Naomi Wolf has experienced highs as well as lows Ö and then she met Jesus "'I wasnít myself in this visual experience,Ē she continues. ďI was a 13-year-old boy sitting next to him [Jesus] and...
  • Naomi Wolf gets religion NAOMI WOLF has found Jesus!

    01/27/2006 9:06:30 PM PST · by tbird5 · 85 replies · 3,160+ views
    la times ^ | January 27, 2006 | Rosa Brooks
    Wolf first made a name for herself with "The Beauty Myth," a 1991 feminist critique of feminine stereotypes. Admired by some and ridiculed by others, Wolf has since written on everything from motherhood to promiscuity. During the 2000 election campaign, she famously advised Al Gore to work on being an "alpha male," and her most recent book, a folksy memoir about her father, left many erstwhile fans clearing their throats in embarrassment. Maybe that's what pushed Wolf toward Jesus. In an interview published last weekend in Scotland's Glasgow Sunday Herald, Wolf announced that she had been struggling with a midlife...
  • GOING NATIVE IN AMERICA - The Benefits of Becoming Indian

    01/18/2006 5:43:33 AM PST · by Atlantic Bridge · 120 replies · 2,042+ views
    DER SPIEGEL (German magazine) ^ | ---- January 16, 2006 | JŲrg Blech
    In the United States a growing number of white people are discovering their Native American roots. Some are doing so for financial gain, but most are just looking for the meaning of life. A few weeks, Betty Baker was still just a white housewife. But now the woman, with her piercing blue eyes, goes by the name "Little Dove" --and has jettisoned her apron for an elaborate deerskin dress. "I am an Indian and I've sensed this my whole life," says the 48-year-old Baker, who lives in a wooden house on the edge of the small town of Pinson, Alabama....
  • A rolled-away stone gathers Moss: from Judaism to Catholicism

    12/31/2005 7:39:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 90 replies · 1,755+ views
    Envoy ^ | Tim Drake
    A rolled-away stone gathers Moss: from Judaism to CatholicismHow does a Jewish person of faith convert to Catholicism? To judge by Rosalind Mossís eighteen-year journey into the Church, the answer is . . . very slowly. Raised in Brooklyn, in a conservative Jewish home with one older brother and one younger sister, Moss never even considered that she would ever be anything other than Jewish. ďItís what I was. We were Godís people. That was my identity,Ē says Moss. ďWe waited for the Messiah to come,Ē adds Moss, ďbut He never did.Ē As a teenager, her brother David became an...
  • From First Baptist to the First Century: A Spiritual Journey

    12/07/2005 2:07:18 AM PST · by jecIIny · 5 replies · 292+ views
    fatheralexander.org ^ | 12-04-2001 | By Clark Carlton
    From First Baptist to the First Century: A Spiritual Journey By Clark Carlton In June of 1986, I attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention as a "messenger" from my home church. The temperature in Atlanta was hot, but not nearly as hot as the temperature inside the World Congress Center as Baptist "moderates" tried in vain to prevent a fundamentalist takeover of the Convention. As I sat in the convention center, I became convinced of one thing: the Southern Baptist Convention was in dire need of a reformation. I longed for the advent of a new Martin...
  • 'Christianity Is My Spiritual Home' (How jane Fonda was saved)

    12/05/2005 2:12:21 PM PST · by emiller · 35 replies · 1,363+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | 12-05-05 | Lisa Schneider
    From her longtime political activism to her Oscar-winning acting, Jane Fonda has never done anything halfheartedly, and she brings this characteristic intensity to her faith. When she talks about "feeling the presence of the Almighty," her view of Jesus, and the way she prays, her voice wells from deep within her chest. You may know this voice from her films (among dozens of others: "Barbarella," "Klute," "On Golden Pond," and currently in theaters, "Monster-in-Law"), or from her aerobics videos ("feel the burn!"), or from film reels from the sixties, when she spoke out against the Vietnam War. Fonda, now 67,...
  • On any given Sunday morning, life in the Bay Area is ... spiritual

    12/02/2005 7:50:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 322+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/5 | CW Nevius
    To our mild surprise our daughter has expressed an interest in attending church. Not, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, that there is anything wrong with that. We've just sort of fallen out of the habit and have been spending Sunday mornings sleeping in, going to the dog park and reading the newspaper. But we certainly weren't busy, so we've set off on a small tour of local churches, picking them pretty much at random. We haven't gone to any synagogues or mosques, so we can't say that we are making a comprehensive survey, but the diversity among the Protestant choices...
  • What moonbat libs look for in a "church": Don't mention the G-word too much

    08/11/2005 8:41:33 AM PDT · by dukeman · 42 replies · 573+ views
    8/19/05 | Various deluded libs
    Okay, so the libs whine and moan about "taking back God" from the Right and how they can be people with faith and liberal at the same time. So what do they look for in a church? Here's some insight from DU (as usual, it's all in their own words): Tux (1000+ posts) Tue Jul-26-05 09:16 AM Original message UU issue I attend a UU church but, lately, I've been hating it. I love UUism however. My church is mostly middle class baby boomers with very few working class people. Each time we have a discussion is Adult Forum or...
  • What's Behind Hollywood's Fascination with Kabbalah?

    06/17/2005 10:10:13 AM PDT · by missyme · 63 replies · 2,757+ views
    Religion News ^ | June 17th, 2005
    New Take on Ancient Jewish Spiritual Teachings Has Drawn Celebrities and Criticism Jun. 17, 2005 - Most people don't have a clue what the spiritual movement Kabbalah is, though they may be aware it has something to do with a parade of stars from Madonna to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton wearing red strings on their wrists. Kabbalah has become a multimillion-dollar empire with more than 40 branches all over the world. But is the Kabbalah of the stars the same Kabbalah that Jewish men in Israel have been quietly studying for...
  • Intersection of identities : LBGT community members merge spirituality, sexuality (Propaganda)

    05/16/2005 9:46:29 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 5 replies · 280+ views
    State News (Michigan State) ^ | 3-17-05 | Amy Davis
    Intersection of identities LBGT community members merge spirituality, sexuality By AMY DAVIS The State News Only two years ago, the thought of stepping into a church was enough to send Christopher Greene-Szmadzinski into a panic attack. With a racing heart and clammy hands, he would often stand outside the church doors unable to breathe and unable to enter. He said he experienced paralyzing fears that people, "acting in the name of God," would hate him because he is gay. "It was horrible," the 2004 MSU graduate said. "That was not my idea of Christianity." It was enough to make him...
  • Generation Y embraces choice, redefines religion

    04/12/2005 3:28:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies · 429+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Most young Americans strongly believe in having choices, an attitude that is likely to shape their identification with traditional religions, a study says. The big question is how traditional religions will respond to a new generation of Americans who value choice, informality and personal expression, he said.
  • Spirituality on the rise on college campuses

    04/14/2005 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Asphalt · 20 replies · 647+ views
    Post-Gazzete ^ | Ann McFeatters
    WASHINGTON -- Today's colleges are hotbeds of religiosity and prayer where compassion may be on its first major campus upswing since the 1960s, according to a survey released yesterday by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. The poll of 112,232 freshmen at 236 colleges and universities found eight in 10 saying they attend religious services, believe in God and care about spirituality. More than two-thirds pray.
  • Surveys: Young Adults Search Spiritually

    04/13/2005 9:23:01 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 6 replies · 263+ views
    AP/Newsday ^ | 4/13/05 | JUSTIN POPE
    Surveys: Young Adults Search Spiritually By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer April 13, 2005, 11:42 AM EDT They are often tarnished with labels like "self-absorbed" and "materialistic." But young adults are actively engaged with spiritual questions, two new surveys suggest, even if they are not necessarily exploring them through traditional religious practice. One of the surveys, of more than 100,000 freshmen who started college last fall, found four in five reporting an interest in spirituality, with three in four searching for meaning or purpose in life, and the same fraction discussing the meaning of life with friends. The incoming freshmen...
  • We Can Talk at Starbucks

    03/26/2005 9:09:20 AM PST · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 360+ views
    Real Live Preacher ^ | 3/25/2005 | Gordon Atkinson
    My oldest daughter doesnít believe in God anymore,†so she says. She told me this recently at Starbucks.Starbucks is the place we go to talk. The house is the place where we do the daddy/daughter thing. I enforce tough boundaries, which is my job, and she pushes hard against them, which is hers. Sometimes we get into passionate arguments about this, which can be a strain. But when I take her to Starbucks, itís like we become two different people. We sit down and she starts talking. She talks to me about everything at Starbucks.So I like taking her to Starbucks,...
  • Spiritual Guidance for A Fallen Leader

    03/26/2005 12:31:44 PM PST · by eccm · 330+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 3/18/2005 | eccm
    It started with a faxed note to then-Gov. John G. Rowland's office, an invitation to prayer in the days following the December 2003 press conference in which he lied about improvements to his Litchfield cottage. "I just felt really bad for him. ...I hate to see anyone in the public eye under that kind of pressure," recalled the Rev. Will Marotti, pastor of the evangelical New Life Church in Meriden. "So I said, `If you're interested in getting together for prayer, I'm available.' No strings attached. No media. Wasn't looking for a photo op. Just prayer." Rowland accepted, and the...
  • Most teens embrace traditional path to spirituality

    03/17/2005 8:23:31 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 6 replies · 744+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | March 10, 2005 | David Crumm
    Most teens embrace traditional path to spirituality FAITH By DAVID CRUMM Knight Ridder Newspapers As soon as I heard the latest news about teenagers and God, I was eager to ask kids whether they think the scholars got it right this time. Here's the news: A national study of teens' religious lives was released this week by scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their key finding is that American kids, far from being rebellious or anti-religion, are quite traditional in their faith. Only 3 percent of the 3,370 randomly selected teenagers in the study said they...
  • College can be religious experience

    07/31/2004 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 216+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, July 31, 2004 | Steve Levin
    Survey finds spirituality influencing many students' political and social views By the time Laura Conrad arrived at Carnegie Mellon University for her freshman year, she had lost interest "in all that religious stuff" from her Jewish day school background in Newton, Mass. But a funny thing happened to Conrad on her way through college: She became more religious. And she discovered that her self-described "liberal" views on politics and morals were strengthened by her spirituality. "I don't think you can separate those things because they're part of who you are," said Conrad, 22, who graduated this past spring. "If anything,...
  • Trendy New Age psudo-Judaism sucks in the stars

    06/25/2004 7:46:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 572+ views
    CruxNews ^ | June 25, 2004 | Carrie Tomko
    Esther, the pop artist formerly known as 'Madonna'Following in the footsteps of Hollywood divas Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Winona Ryder, pop-star Madonna has remade herself at London's Kabbalah Centre, home of the trendy crash course in ancient Jewish gnosticism. In fact, the Queen of Pop has changed her name to Esther, she says, in order to rid herself of any 'negative energy.' Carrie Tomko examines what's behind this New Age sucker-religion--and what's not.Kabbalah, cabala, quabala, qabalah--those are some, but not necessarily all of the possible spellings of the new old religion that America pop-artist formerly known as Madonna has...
  • Matter of chemistry

    05/28/2004 7:14:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-28-04 | RUTHIE BLUM
    One on One: Matter of chemistry By RUTHIE BLUMFor Sarah Strikovsky, what began as a career move became a journey to Judaism "You know you're not allowed to ask me about my conversion," says Sarah (Olga) Strikovsky, smiling sweetly. "But I guess I'm allowed to volunteer the information." This, she explains, is because a convert is not supposed to be reminded of his or her past. Advertisement Strikovsky, 36, a chemist at a pharmaceutical company in Rehovot, made aliya from Nizhny Novgorod in the former Soviet Union 12 years ago with her husband and daughter. Since then, her life has...
  • Passion bashin' is in fashion

    03/20/2004 6:03:12 AM PST · by truthandlife · 93 replies · 578+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 3-20-04 | MARGARET WENTE
    Judging by most of what you read, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is the most dangerous, disgusting movie of all time. Even if you haven't seen it, you know that it's a gore-filled splatterfest with anti-Semitic overtones, that Mel Gibson's father is a flat-out Holocaust-denier, and that Mel himself is a sinister marketing genius. The movie has been condemned by most reviewers. This paper's Rick Groen said it "comes perilously close to the pornography of violence." Frank Rich, The New York Times cultural writer, has been flaying Mr. Gibson's movie for weeks. "A joy ride for sadomasochists" was...
  • Creator of film's score 'battled with Satan'

    02/28/2004 5:43:10 AM PST · by truthandlife · 111 replies · 714+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 2-28-04 | Dan Wooding
    John Debney is used to writing movie scores for comedies like "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty," but he admits that composing the score for Mel Gibson's powerful movie "The Passion of the Christ" was the most difficult assignment of his life. For it turned out to be a battle between good and evil that he had never experienced before in some 20 years in Hollywood. "I don't think I will ever be given the opportunity to write again for a movie as powerful as this one," he said during a recent media interview in Beverly Hills. "I was stretched every...