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Is Christianity really in numerical decline in America?

Do recent polls really tell the full story here in America? Is it true that Christianity is experiencing a serious, ongoing, numerical decline? Those polls could well be accurate, speaking of a major spiritual crisis in our nation. But there may be a different way to understand what is happening, one that points to separation and refining more than to backsliding and apostasy. First, let’s look at the results of the most recent Pew Research Center poll. As reported on October 19, “The religious…

Dewey’s Public Schools Replaced Christianity With Collectivist Humanism

This is part 4 in a series of articles examining the origins of public education in the United States. Widely recognized as the founding father of America’s “progressive” public education system, John Dewey was a man on an unprecedented religious mission. With more fervor and devotion than many Christian missionaries or Islamic jihadists, he set out to win America over to his religious worldview. Like the collectivists whose shoulders he stood upon, government-controlled education was Dewey’s weapon of choice. And now, more than a…

Classic First-Date Questions Updated for the End Times

Thinking of conversation starters for a first date can be nerve-racking, but, with Earth’s climate-change-induced apocalypse imminent, there are more options than ever before. What do you do for fun . . . when you’re not panicking about breaking-news notifications? What’s your go-to cocktail . . . to drink when it’s a hundred and forty-seven degrees out? Are you more introverted or extroverted . . . when you discuss the dying bee population? What do you do for work . . . in the few days remaining before robots take over your job? How many siblings…

End of the world: Why 900-year-old prophecy claims Pope Francis will mark doomsday

Saint Malachy was the Archbishop of Armagh, to whom several miracles were attributed to in the 12th century. In 1139, Malachy went to Rome from Ireland to give an account of his affairs, when he reportedly received a strange vision about the future, including the names of 112 future Popes. His predictions are taken seriously by many Christians and according to reports “In 1958, before the Conclave that would elect Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Spellman of New York hired a boat, filled it with sheep…

Attorney General Barr Preaches a Secular Law-and-Order Christianity

Photo: SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett One of my favorite speeches in recent history was delivered by Barack Obama at Notre Dame University ten years ago. In it he warned against the particular kind of self-righteousness for which the Christian Right – and some advocates of an equally non-reflective Christian Left – is famed, in its certainty that God’s Will dictates particular political positions that are largely a matter of secular concern. Here’s a sample: [T]he ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily…

Trump’s D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group’s Kurdish solidarity event

In recent weeks, Trump pulled U.S. soldiers out of northern Syria, paving the way for an invasion by Turkey that targeted Kurdish forces. The fighting has prompted a flood of Kurdish refugees out of Syria — and caused a political headache for the president, who has been accused by Republicans and Democrats alike of abandoning U.S. allies in the region. The aid group’s founder, Dalton Thomas, said the reasons behind the cancellation were “hazy.” “All we know is they canceled,” Thomas, who is in…

‘Real Christianity’: One pastor’s profound take on what it means to be a true Christian

Attendees worship at the SafeZone Freedom Rally at Grace Midtown Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 28, 2019. | Zachary Zoeller In Real Christianity: How to Be Bold for Christ In a Culture of Darkness, author and pastor Dale Partridge offers a sober, concise and profound reminder of the biblical characteristics and requirements of a Christian and challenges modern-day believers to see how they measure up. “I did not write this to accuse the lukewarm, but to rouse the faithful,” Partridge, a Bible teacher who…

Algerian Gov Officials Close Down Country’s Largest Christian Churches

Algerian government officials continued their brutal crackdown on a number of Christian communities, shuttering the doors to the largest protestant church in the country. The 700-member-strong Church of the Full Gospel in Tizi-Ouzou was told by government officials that it would be shut down on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, as the congregants gathered for prayer and worship, national guard officers stormed the building. According to Morning Star News, many members fled the building in fear, while others were forcibly dragged out. Pastor Salah Chalah,…

The coming end of Christian America

America is still a “Christian nation,” if the term simply means a majority of the population will claim the label when a pollster calls. But, as a new Pew Research report unsparingly explains, the decline of Christianity in the United States “continues at a rapid pace.” A bare 65 percent of Americans now say they’re Christians, down from 78 percent as recently as 2007. The deconverted are mostly moving away from religion altogether, and the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated — the “nones” —…

5 films highlighting Christian faith topics coming fall 2019

Five films featuring faith topics coming fall 2019. The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made in Hollywood and now some mainstream films are also including faith elements in their content. In 2018, the film “I Can Only Imagine” based on the life story of Christian singer Bart Millard brought in $17.1 million domestically during its opening weekend, and over $83 million overall, surpassing expectations. Several films being released this fall also feature the religious…

Bannon Teams Up With Chinese Group That Thinks Trump Will Bring on End-Times

After trying to launch his own cryptocurrency and failing to turn an Italian monastery into a training camp for Europe’s far right, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has a new plan: teaming up with a Chinese spiritual movement that reportedly believes Trump will bring about Judgment Day. On Saturday night, viewers of the rabidly pro-Trump cable news channel One America News Network will witness the premiere of Bannon’s latest effort, a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller modeled after the real-life legal battle that ensued following the…

‘It’s the Fulfillment of Prophecy’: Why 5000 Christians from 100 Nations Are in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Israel is celebrating the biblical feast of Sukkot and thousands of Christians from around the world have come to Jerusalem to see prophecy fulfilled and attend the Feast of Tabernacles celebration.  It is a gala event with deep spiritual significance. “It’s the fulfillment of Zechariah chapter 14, yes, it was wonderful, wonderful. We have to come. Gentile Christians should come to Jerusalem at the feast of Sukkot,” John Lui of North Carolina told CBN News.  This is the 40th Feast of Tabernacles…

THE PURPOSE OF PROPHECY – unveiling the gift

        From the desk of Roy Roden: Every week I will be posting an overview of the teachings of the “basic Training for the Gift of Prophecy course we are doing in Belfast every Wednesday at 6:00pm.     2- The Purpose Of Prophecy – unveiling the gift    Prophecy is a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:10. Lets read this verse together.   “To another the…

As Christianity’s Popularity Declines, More Americans Identify As Religiously Unaffiliated, Study Finds

Otto Rodriguez attends a service at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church on April 30, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Americans are rapidly self-identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated, and especially less frequently as Christians, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday. The Pew Research Center compiled the report about Americans’ religious practices using data collected through random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling conducted in 2018 and 2019. “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a…

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

(Sungjin Ahn photography/Getty Images) The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestantism…

20 Best End of the World Movies – Disaster and Apocalypse Films

Netflix End-of-the-world movies have their own brand of power. They combine the adrenaline rush of disaster movies with the creeping dread of horror movies, so you’ll definitely feel a pulse-quickening suspense. Sometimes, the movies take place as the world is about to end, so you have to sit there and mentally create your own end-of-the-world to-do list along with the characters. Sometimes, there’s already an extinction event, and you wonder if you’d be able to hack it with the other survivors. And sometimes, the…

Andrew Brunson, pastor imprisoned in Turkey for Christian faith, tells ‘God’s side of the story’

Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held as a political hostage in Turkey for 735 days, says he is sharing God’s side of the story, as well as the darkest moments of his life — when he was in jail– in his new book. The book stems from a promise to God while in prison, where he battled suicidal thoughts and doubted God’s existence, unsure if he would ever see freedom again. ANDREW BRUNSON, EX-IMPRISONED PASTOR IN TURKEY, SAYS 2016 PRISON DREAM ‘HAS HAPPENED’ “My story is…

Don’t blame incivility on religion. Christian principles are an antidote to nastiness.

Our belief system isn’t the problem, it’s that we have strayed from what we say we believe. Following Jesus means loving and caring for our neighbors. A common narrative today is that deeply held religious beliefs are a key driver of incivility. Yet new research on evangelical views on civility and democracy shows exactly the opposite effect. This massive survey was released as part of a joint project by The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Lifeway Research and the Fetzer Institute. The findings are often sobering and should…

Pentecostal faith a fast-growing segment of Christianity

PELHAM, N.H. — The root of what later became New England Pentecostal Ministries was planted by a home prayer group in Nashua during 1942. The church now occupies a large plot of land at 955 Bridge St. in Pelham nearly eight decades later. Pentecostalism represents one of the fastest-growing segments of global Christianity, according to the Pew Research Center website. At least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians are thought to be members of Pentecostalism and related “charismatic movements,” which include “lively,…

‘The Dream Has Happened’: Pastor Brunson’s Prophetic Dream Reveals Chilling Truth of Turkish Invasion

JERUSALEM, Israel – As the Turkish military pushes deeper into northeast Syria forcing thousands to flee for their lives, US Pastor Andrew Brunson is revealing a chilling prophetic dream he had while he was falsely imprisoned in Turkey for two years.  “The dream has happened,” he told Fox News. “My goal is about declaring who Jesus is and not getting involved in politics, but this is the dream God gave me, and I think it’s relevant to what’s happening now.”  While sitting in a…

William Barr: Our Less Christian Society Is To Blame For Mental Illness And Drug Abuse

Attorney General William Barr on Friday faulted the “ascendancy” of secularism in America for mental illness, violence and drug abuse. “Virtually every moral pathology has gained ground,” he said in a speech at the University of Notre Dame’s law school. (See the video above beginning at 21:48.) The speech revealed how deeply the top lawman in the nation is tied to his Catholicism as he lashed a recent New Jersey law requiring LGBTQ curriculum in public schools to support civil rights. He complained that…

Students, Staff From Christian School Kidnapped by Islamist Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

Six teenage girls and two staff members at a Christian school in Nigeria were reportedly abducted at gunpoint by Fulani Muslim “bandits” last week.  Faithwire: EVIL: After Brutal Killing of Kidnapped Pastor’s Wife, Fulani Herdsmen Collect Ransom Money From Her Family The armed men reportedly kidnapped the eight people at Engravers’ College in Chikun County shortly after midnight on Oct. 3, according to Morning Star News.  “I just pray that nothing happens to them and that they come out alive,” Julde Juli, whose 15-year-old daughter was…

Christian Leaders Say Turkish Invasion Of Syria Raises Risk Of ‘Genocide’

Enlarge this image On Thursday, a Kurd living in Cyprus shouts slogans and holds a banner showing President Donald Trump, in front of the U.S. embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, to protest Turkey’s offensive into Syria. The protesters chanted slogans condemning Turkey’s military action and urged for the withdrawal of Turkish forces. Petros Karadjias/AP hide caption toggle caption Petros Karadjias/AP The airstrikes and artillery bombardments had barely begun in the Syrian city of Qamishli, just across the border from Turkey, when Bassam Ishak’s cell phone…

Evangelical Christian Leaders Push Back On Turkish Invasion Of Northern Syria

Evangelical Christian leaders are furious over President Trump’s green light to a Turkish invasion of Kurd-controlled territory in Syria. Thousands of Syrian and Kurdish Christians are in danger. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Today, Turkey launched its long-expected offensive on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria. The attack comes just three days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the border region. The Kurds are U.S. allies. They have been protecting religious minorities in Syria. NPR’s Tom Gjelten says the president’s order has angered U.S.…

This is what Christianity looks like in Zimbabwe

By Hannah Wheeler, Voices Contributor | Sunday, October 06, 2019 A small ladies ensemble worship in the Ndebele language; singing “Siyabonga, Jesu” at a church service in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. | Photo: Emma Lown I often find myself scrolling through pictures from last month. My heart is filled with joy as I look at the fellowshipping groups, the sporadic worship and the genuine moments, yet I feel a longing. There are some experiences in life you never forget. Although I only spent one week in…

Lark Yan | Locust Walk protesters aren’t representative of all Christians

Remarks with Lark | Christianity is a message about love for all By Lark Yan 7 hours ago Credit: Julio Sosa Obey Jesus or Hellfire. Judgment or Hell. Warning: Muslims, gangsters, the Pope, homos, sissies. These are a few of the posters held up by members of an organization associated with the website Christianinterviews.com. The demonstrators appear to be warning others about their fate if they fail to obey the Bible and God’s commands. Their posters cite well-known passages of scripture. They claim to…

Former Eagle Heights pastor now writing end-times fiction series

David Bullock: Minister. Friend of the community. Science fiction author? Bullock, now retired from Eagle Heights Church after serving as its pastor for more than 20 years, has found a new career as a fiction writer — with a faith-based bent, of course. “I’m doing it full-time now,” he said. “I’m really excited about it.” Bullock has a book out now called “Rise of the Smyrnians,” which deals with an imagined scenario surrounding the implications of end-time prophecy, always a hot topic in the…

‘Go back to where you came from’: Christians in India living in fear

Bishop Kujur said ‘right wing’ groups hostile to Christians have taken over government institutions Christians across India are “living in fear” because of acts of state-led violence and oppression, says the bishop of a region still recovering from one of the country’s worst outbreaks of persecution. Speaking to leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Kishore Kumar Kujur of Rourkela described how the government in India is “causing problems” – with support from “right-wing” groups hostile to Christians and other minorities.…

Small group near Franklin Graham rally represents inclusive brand of Christianity

A banner across the street from Franklin Graham’s event Tuesday featured a quote in large letters. “It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. It’s God’s job to judge. It’s my job to love.” The quote is attributed to Graham’s father, Billy Graham. The banner was among the signs held by about 30 people who said they wanted to show a more inclusive brand of Christianity than the one Franklin Graham represents. Graham’s “Decision America Tour” kicked off the first of eight North Carolina meetings…

Hindu radicals livestream brutal attack on Christians to ‘make area free of Christianity’

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter | Monday, September 30, 2019 (Photo: Reuters) Indian authorities jailed church leaders and their families after Hindu extremists disrupted a worship service, beat individuals, and livestreamed the events on Facebook in efforts to make the area “free of Christianity.” According to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern, the attack took place on Sept. 8 in the Domchanch villa of Koderma District in Jharkhand state. Dozens of assailants from the youth militant group Bajrang Dal reportedly intruded on the…

Christianity opposes socialism

I am responding to Pete Scobby’s letter that he wrote about Allen Marsh’s letter. Mr. Scobby mentions his Christ is a progressive socialist; certainly you are not inferring that Jesus is a communist are you? Progressive socialism is a dictatorial classless society where the state owns everything. I don’t believe this is what Jesus had in mind. You tell Mr. Marsh to love his neighbor as himself; this is Christianity not socialism. Socialism is coveting your neighbor’s property, which is what we’re not supposed…

Why Christians reject Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ Sunday Service

Kanye West may have come to Jesus — but some Christians aren’t buying the born-again “Yeezus.” On the eve of West’s new gospel album “Jesus Is King,” which is expected to drop in one form or another Friday following his latest “Sunday Service” performance, the online Christian community has revived its sermon against the 42-year-old rapper’s co-opting of their culture. Hundreds of hellfire-haters are firing up the Twitterverse — but the controversy about West’s invocation of religious imagery in his work has been around…

A Texas sports editor wrote this column on Christianity and prayer — not Andy Rooney

Says Andy Rooney wrote a long commentary defending prayer and Christianity in the United States. — Viral image on Monday, September 9th, 2019 in a Facebook post By Ciara O’Rourke on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Andy Rooney is back from the grave to “make 2019/2020 the year the silent majority is heard, and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions.” According to a Feb. 9 Facebook post, the deceased CBS commentator waxed about Christianity in “his…

35 Million Christian Youths Will Leave Christianity by 2050, New Report Predicts

35 Million Christian Youths Will Leave Christianity by 2050, New Report Predicts A new report shows that some 35 million youths raised in Christian families will leave Christianity by the year 2050. According to the Christian Post, Greg Stier – founder of the youth ministry Dare 2 Share – says the report, called “The Great Opportunity,” is a chance for Christians to “flip the switch.” “How about not just slowing down the bleeding, what if there was a revival that flipped those stats?” he said. “That…

Christian apologist answers 3 common questions Muslims have about Christianity

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Christian apologist Andy Bannister answers three common questions he gets when witnessing to Muslims in the United Kingdom at Reboot, a youth event held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in London, England. | YouTube/REBOOT Christian apologist Andy Bannister says there are three questions he commonly receives from Muslims when preaching to the growing Islamic community in the U.K. Bannister, the director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity who holds a Ph.D. in Islamic…

Jesus Has Survived All of Us Christians

This column explores the themes in Jim Wallis’ new book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (HarperOne) available Sept. 24.  It’s always amazing to me how — somehow, apparently, mysteriously, and even miraculously — Jesus has survived all of us Christians. And yet, it’s undeniable that the election of Donald Trump and the presidency that has followed — and the Christian response to all of it — have revealed how disconnected many American Christians have become from Jesus. In particular, the uncritical support Trump…

End of the world: Bible scholar’s prediction for Jesus Christ return is shockingly close

In 1970, American Christian writer Harold Lindsey made headlines after claiming to have unlocked the secrets of the Bible. Mr Lindsey said he had successfully predicted the apocalypse after decoding Matthew 24:32-33, suggesting the generation that saw the 1948 rebirth of Israel as a nation – apparently symbolised by the fig tree—would see the return of Jesus Christ. The author stated that a biblical generation is “something like 40 years” and suggested that “within 40 years or so of 1948, all these things could take place”. Related…

Iran imprisons bookshop owner for selling Bible as crackdown on Christianity continues

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Tuesday, September 17, 2019 An Iranian flag flutters in front of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader) Iran has reportedly imprisoned a business owner for the crime of selling the Bible in his bookshop. Reports have indicated that Mustafa Rahimi, a bookseller from the Kurdish town of Bukan, was sentenced by the Bukan Public Revolutionary Court to months in prison on charges of selling the Bible.  However, reports are conflicting…

‘Churchianity’ vs. Christianity

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Is there a difference between “churchianity” and Christianity? Can one be a devoted church member yet not a disciple of Christ? Is traditionalism killing the church? Or is theological liberalism to blame? Or both? David Young, senior minister for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tenn., speaks at the New Day Conference. We live in a time of rapid decline in Churches of Christ and many other Christian groups in the United States. Congregations are shrinking and dying. Children…

Jim Bakker: Talk of Climate Change Is an Effort to Pretend the End Times Aren’t Upon Us

On his television program today, End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker claimed that the issue of climate change is nothing more than an attempt by the world to conceal the fact that God is unleashing his judgment upon earth as the return of Jesus Christ in the Last Days rapidly approaches. “God’s judgment is coming, just as his word said it would come in the Last Days,” Bakker said. “Why is man so livid about global warming? Why? Why do you think people in…

Is American Christianity on Its Last Legs? The Data Say Otherwise.

When Christians write about the status and reputation of Christianity in American society, they usually focus on two questions: What is happening? What should be done? Two recent books have taken up these questions in a markedly optimistic spirit: Glenn Stanton’s The Myth of the Dying Church: How Christianity is Actually Thriving in America and the World and Rick Richardson’s You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith. The books share many similarities. Both…

‘Only Something God Could Have Done’: How God Fulfilled a Prophecy in Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa’s Life

The star quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide is back and better than ever. And he’s opening up to CBN Sports about his faith, his journey to fame, his leadership secrets, and a prophecy that was fulfilled in his life through a huge championship win. Tua Tagovailoa, the living legend of Tuscaloosa, kicked off the opening game of his 2019 college football season with an impeccable performance against Duke: 4 touchdowns, no turnovers, completing 26 of 31 passes for 336 yards. It’s just another…

Prominent Christians Falling Away

Recently, we have been hearing about some well-known professing Christians leaving the faith. What causes a seemingly solid Christian to walk away from the faith? In some cases, it could be temporary discouragement. In others, it could be a result of burnout. We all need breaks. Even Jesus took time for rest. God has even built into the week one day off—the Sabbath. If we burn the candle from both ends, we can suffer the consequences of burnout. In still other cases it can…

Jeffress: When love is called hate … End Times are near!

Christians are being attacked in American culture for the slightest evidence of their being identified as Christian, and one pastor says this could be a sign the Lord is coming back – soon. It is argued that it is getting hard to be a Christian in public these days – even for a Hall-of-Fame-bound quarterback who was one play shy of taking his National Football League team to the Super Bowl last season. One LGBTQ activist criticized New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees…

The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.

A rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, blows in the wind in Christopher Park outside the Stonewall Inn in New York in June. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) By Jonathan Merritt September 6 at 1:27 PM For two decades, McKrae Game was a top-tier figure among ex-gay Christians and a leading advocate for conversion therapy, a counseling practice with the goal of helping LGBTQ people suppress their homosexuality and become “straight.” But Game, 51, now disavows the movement and acknowledges…

Tullian Tchividjian’s Upside Down Christianity | Christopher Jackson

Four years after a sex scandal prompted him to depart from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to Billy Graham, has again assumed the pulpit. Now, he is preaching an alternative approach to the faith that he calls “Upside Down Christianity.” Since I last wrote about him in 2015, Tchividjian’s life has taken many turns. He attempted to resurrect his Liberate Network parachurch ministry and found employment at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Both endeavors fizzled in early 2016 after…

Hong Kong Christians: Bill’s removal not enough

The original story can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/53552/hong-kong-christians-bills-removal-not-enough HONG KONG (BP) — The withdrawal of an extradition bill that threatened religious freedom in Hong Kong is not enough to satisfy Christians and others amid protests there, a Christian advocate told Baptist Press Wednesday (Sept. 4). “Their anger lies with the excessive use of police/force, police brutality, and prosecution of protestors or activists in the past few months,” International Christian Concern’s (ICC) Gina Goh told BP. “These are the direct results of (Hong Kong Chief…

Response to Christianity in crisis

Gwendolyn Haddad Spring Valley, MN This is a response to Greg Rendahl who wrote about conservative Christianity in crisis, published August 26, 2019.  Immigration: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America helped legal immigrants settle in communities. Christians are called to help the foreigners who obey the laws of the country they settle in. One law of any country is to enter that country through a legal process. God does not honor lawlessness, but order. Socialism: Mr. Rendahl misuses the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). We…

Lose Your Faith at an Evangelical College? That’s Part of the Process

It was quiet in the morning chapel when a Bethel University student took a pen and paper and put words to the fear: “Does God really love me?” Then another student at the small evangelical school in Mishawaka, Indiana, took another piece of paper and wrote, “Am I good enough?” Three students wrote, “Can a loving God send unbelievers to hell?” Six asked, “Why does God answer some prayers and not others?” Twelve: “Is Christianity the only way?” Twenty: “Is God really real?” Shawn…

Man claims Christianity as defense in illegal immigration conspiracy

It’s not rare for a defense attorney to tell a judge his client is a good man. A religious man, even. It no doubt happens at sentencing hearings in courtrooms across the country every day. But here’s a twist. The attorney for an O’Neill man in his 70s — indicted in a conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants following a raid last year — wants to raise a sort of Good Samaritan defense at his jury trial in September in a case involving his interactions…

Fox & Friends Guest Blames Mass Shootings on the Decline of Christianity

A Fox News guest on Sunday blamed America’s rising gun violence on the decline of Christianity after a mass shooting in West Texas left at least seven dead and 22 others injured this weekend. The deadly massacre, which began at a traffic stop between Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon, has intensified pressure on GOP lawmakers to enact stricter gun control measures. The attack came just weeks after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine with an assault weapon and another stormed…

The Fate of Hong Kong’s Christians

Christians in Hong Kong overwhelmingly support the mass protests that have disrupted the region for the last two months. Millions, including many Christians, have taken to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill.  Hong Kong’s legal independence was a hallmark of the “one country, two systems” agreement made between Hong Kong’s former colony, Great Britain, and the People’s Republic of China in 1997. This principle allows Christians in Hong Kong to enjoy religious freedom. However, Hong Kong citizens fear that this extradition bill…

Two-Thirds Of US Christians Think They Don’t Need Church

A Gallup poll published this year found that Americans’ trust in clergy is at an all-time low. Doctors, teachers, police officers, and even funeral directors all ranked as more trustworthy than pastors. While I’m not sure what shenanigans an undertaker would have to pull to lose this surprisingly lofty reputation, it’s clear that suspicion toward ministers isn’t merely an aftershock of recent scandals. It’s part of a much larger anti-institutional swing in American religion — one that’s left an unprecedented number of Christians convinced…

The Irony Of Conservative Christians’ Opposition To Immigration

This piece is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. President Donald Trump’s base simultaneously cares deeply about defending Christianity and restraining immigration. It’s a stance we’ve come to expect, but there’s an irony to this. At a moment when more and more Americans are unaffiliated with religion, immigration is providing a counterbalance. In fact, nothing would do more to strengthen Christianity than embracing undocumented immigrants. Most undocumented immigrants come from Latin America, so 83 percent are Christian. If they were…

Music and Christianity: What’s it all about?

*Brief disclaimer: I have focussed on Christian worship music, because it is my own personal experience. I cannot speak for any other faith, but I would always be interested to listen. When you hear the words ‘Christian worship music,’ what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Maybe a modern Christian song with a repetitive tune and incessant choruses about how ‘Jesus loves us.’ Or a stereotypical village church where the congregation mumbles the hymns, out of time with the organ, and with varying…

Letter to the Editor: Understanding political polarization through Christianity

Today’s society is becoming more and more secular as the movement away from a belief in the existence of God and his influence in human affairs accelerates, especially in the halls of government and in the media. As television’s Dr. Phil frequently asks, “How’s that working out for ya’?” Indicators like the recent mass shootings, chaos in immigration and international relationships and uncertainties in almost every important aspect of our daily lives show that it is not working out well at all. Ironically, the…

‘Christian left’ is reviving in America, appalled by treatment of migrants

Holding pictures of migrant children who have died in U.S. custody and forming a cross with their bodies on the floor of the Russell Senate Office Building, 70 Catholics were arrested in July for obstructing a public place, which is considered a misdemeanor. The protesters hoped that images of 90-year-old nuns and priests in clerical collars being led away in handcuffs would draw attention to their moral horror at the United States’ treatment of undocumented immigrant families. American Catholics, like any religious group, do…

Christian persecution MAPPED: The 50 countries where Christians face EXTREME danger

Each year, Open Doors UK publishes a World Watch List of places around the world where it is the most dangerous to be a Christian. In these countries, Christian’s face detention, violence and abuse for their religion. The number one most dangerous country on the list is North Korea, which has held the top spot for 18 years. Related articles Christian crackdown: Man jailed in Nepal for handing out bibles Christianity crackdown: Wedding party attacked by mob ‘with rods’ There are estimated to be…

Some white evangelicals are difficult to recognize as Christians at all

August 15 at 5:04 PM I have a confession to make. I am one of the five remaining Americans who is uncomfortable with vulgarity, put off by profanity and offended by blasphemy. Swearing is now generally taken as a sign of authenticity; it is more often the expression of anger and aggression. I don’t think political discourse is improved by language more appropriate to a bar fight. I do think the presidency is diminished by public scatology and sacrilege. And I really don’t give…

In ‘God Land,’ Lyz Lenz Explores Midwest Christianity — And Those Who Are Welcomed Versus Those Who Are Not

Lyz Lenz thinks the term “Heartland” is “so dumb.” “It over-romanticizes [the Midwest] and gives it a kind of soft focused filter like, ‘Oh, it’s the Heartland,’ which downplays the messy complications of the space,” she tells Bustle. “This is something I think we have a tendency to do, especially in politics. Politicians say, “We need to talk about the average person in Middle America!'” But who, Lenz wondered prior to the 2016 election, is the average Middle American? After all, the Midwest is…

Bibles Escape Trump’s Tariff Fight with China……

The Good Book got good news from the Trump administration today: America’s Bibles—most of which are printed in China and imported to the United States—are now exempt from the burgeoning trade war between the two nations. With a 10-percent hike on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods looming next month, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted two long lists of items: one of imports from China that will become subject to tariffs on September 1, and one of imports whose proposed…

Rare Sightings of Foxes Near Temple Mount a Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?

JERUSALEM, Israel – While the Jewish people mourned the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem during the Tisha B’Av fast over the weekend, many believe a rare sighting of foxes near the Temple Mount is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Video posted online last week shows what appears to be several foxes walking near the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. [embedded content] For some Jews, the sighting of foxes near the Western Wall is a grave reminder of Lamentations 5:18, which reads:…

Foxes seen near Temple Mount reminder of destruction, biblical prophecy

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter | Saturday, August 10, 2019 A footbridge leads from the Western Wall to the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City June 2, 2015. Picture taken June 2, 2015. | (Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad) The presence of foxes near the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem, has some saying that fulfillment of biblical prophecy is materializing. Video footage posted…

Hungary Sounds Alarm on Persecuted Christians Worldwide

BUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) – Christians must speak up for other Christians, says a Hungarian official in the wake of a speech he gave July 26 at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. In a newly tweeted summary of his speech, Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s state secretary for the aid of persecuted Christians, “sadly” reported that “Christianity is the most persecuted religion, all over the Earth.” Azbej reported that “[e]ighty percent of the people who are persecuted for their faith in the world are Christians,” calling the global persecution of…

The end times are here, and I am at Target

It’s a theory of mine that life in most societies involves being keenly aware that the end is coming. Your own individual end, yes, but also the end of this, the entire experience that is life as you’ve known it. The mass of our collective canon is littered with stories about the world’s end, where the death of mankind and the death of the universe can be seen as linked or interchangeable. It’s almost as if the second humans evolved enough to contemplate that…

Pastor seeks $100M to build global media platform to navigate End Times

Rick Wiles, TruNews broadcaster, pastor of Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida. | Screenshot: YouTube A nondenominational pastor is asking God for $100 million to build a media platform to help guide the public through the End Times until the second coming of Jesus. In an August 1 episode of his broadcast, called TruNews, Rick Wiles, who pastors Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida, said that God had given him a vision of this global media platform. “The vision He’s put in…

Slate is alarmed that some Pentecostals mix politics and prophecy

Pentecostal Christians who believe in modern-day prophecy and support President Donald Trump gathered more than a year ago in Washington, D.C. That should be enough to frighten anyone braced for battle against theocracy. Worse still, they gathered at the Trump International Hotel, so you know that here is something deeply menacing to the future of America. Ruth Graham ofSlate wrote about “The Turnaround: An Appeal to Heaven,” drawing in part from an on-site report filed Jan. 18, 2018, by Peter Montgomery of People for the…

How A Nationalistic Strain Of Christianity Is Subtly Shaping America’s Gun Debate

As some activists began the all-too-familiar call for stricter gun control measures following back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio this weekend, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor Dan Patrick offered up his own analysis of American gun violence. During a Sunday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Patrick suggested that the shootings that left over 30 people dead in El Paso and Dayton were moral failings, rather than byproducts of the widespread availability of military-style rifles. Along with violent video games, Patrick said he believes one of…

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’

‘Those of us who remain must be ready to face martyrdom,’ says Archbishop Warda Christianity in Iraq could now be on the brink of completely disappearing – according to one of the country’s most respected Church leaders. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need coinciding with the anniversary of Daesh (ISIS)’s 2014 seizure of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil stated: “Christianity in Iraq, one of the oldest Churches, is perilously close to extinction.” Archbishop Warda who…

Latest US-China tensions could be the trade version of ‘the end of the world as we know it’

As the U.S.-China trade dispute hits another level and hammers financial markets, the bigger casualty over the longer term could be the globalization trend that has developed over the past quarter century or so. Only the European Union exports more good to the U.S. than China, making the impact of a prolonged tit-for-tat tariff potentially severe. American businesses have begun looking for alternative markets from which to get the goods they had been buying from China, pushing imports from China down 12.2% year to…

Christianity and the Climate Conversation

Christianity and the Environment In 1967, historian Lynn White Jr. argued that Christian beliefs promoted the domination and exploitation of nature, and therefore were incompatible with environmentalism. Almost half a century later, polls showed that fewer than 50% of all U.S. Protestants and Catholics believe the Earth is warming as a result of human actions. There are notable exceptions, such as Pope Francis, who called for action to slow climate change in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” Another prominent advocate for action is U.S.…

El Paso Shooting: How Christians Responded

On Sunday morning, some of America’s pastors made no mention of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more over the weekend. Other Church leaders, however, knew they could not ignore the events. “Our pulpit is not one that silence works in,” Jason Morriss, the pastor at Austin New Church, a progressive Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas, told me. “My first response as a pastor was that my people are going…

Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants

IT IS A well-established fact among religion-watchers that charismatic forms of Christianity, including the Pentecostal churches, are the fastest-growing variety of the world’s largest monotheism. Another widely agreed statement: these churches’ success reflects their appeal to people in transit. That includes migrants from rural areas to big cities like São Paolo or Lagos, and travellers from the global south to the prosperous north. Perhaps 700m people, more than a quarter of the world’s Christians, attend charismatic churches. What this fluid religious reality generally encompasses…

VIDEO: Are the end-times predicted in the Scriptures upon us?

July 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Michael O’Brien is a Catholic novelist, writer, painter, and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, which has been translated into twelve languages. On this part 2 of a two-part episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, he talks with me about hell and the end-times, about having hope amid the chaos in the Church, and about the role Mary plays in salvation history. An author of more than thirty books, O’Brien told me there is…

Church of purity advocate who renounced Christianity responds: Pray for ‘redemptive end’

Joshua Harris, well-known Christian author, ‘purity’ advocate, renounces faith The former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., Joshua Harris, a short time after announcing the end of his marriage, is now saying goodbye to his faith as well. In an Instagram post, Harris revealed he is stepping back from his faith and no longer considers himself a Christian. In the post he recounted several things he has apologized for in the past, specifically apologizing for his previously held views on the LGBTQ…

Kissing Christianity Goodbye | Carl R. Trueman

Joshua Harris has abandoned his Christian faith, news that marks another blow to American conservative evangelicalism. Harris authored the best-selling I Kissed Dating Goodbye in his early twenties, unleashing unnecessary angst on a generation of evangelical teens. In his early thirties, he served as pastor of a Gaithersburg megachurch. He was also an influential figure in the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement (YRR). Now, he has denounced his famous book, announced he and his wife are separating, and repudiated Christianity. While Harris seems to…

Joshua Harris’ former church responds to news of him leaving wife, Christianity

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Monday, July 29, 2019 Joshua Harris gives a TED talk in 2017. | Screenshot: TEDx Talks The Maryland-based megachurch that I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Joshua Harris once led responded to the news of him leaving his faith and his wife, stating that it “hits home personally.” “These updates are hard to hear. We love Josh and Shannon. For most of us, Josh isn’t just some distant public figure,” wrote Covenant Life Interim Senior Pastor Kevin Rogers…

Mass baptisms performed in Russia to celebrate Christianity

Mass baptism rituals took place across Russia on Sunday to recall the introduction of Christianity as a state religion in ancient Russia more than a thousand years ago. About 150 people from Yekaterinburg and neighbouring cities attended the traditional annual open-air rites on the Chusovaya River in the Sverdlovsk Region. The ritual was held in the village of Stantsionny-Polevskoy because of its church which bears the name of St Vladimir, after the 10th-century ruler who led the region’s conversion to Christianity. People taking part…

Why I blew the whistle on Folau’s twisted version of Christianity: a rugby mother’s story

After my visits to the Folaus’ church at Kenthurst, I discussed my concerns with knowledgeable Christian friends who happened to be associated with the ACL. Loading Things heated up with Israel Folau’s Instagram meme in April claiming hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters”. I contacted the church and asked for a statement of belief. It sent me several videos by US-based Oneness Pentecostal Pastor Gino Jennings, notably describing the trinity as “junk”, women preachers as following Satan, women who wear…

I’m embarrassed by American Christianity. I’m just not ready to give up on Jesus

It happens more and more these days. I’m embarrassed by much of American Christianity. I’ve spent a lifetime bring proud of the word, “Christian.” As a child, when other young boys were planning to grow up to be firemen, “army men” or professional football players, I was going to be a preacher “like my daddy.” But, too often these days, preachers make me cringe. “Too often these days, preachers make me cringe.” I hear anti-education views that are dishearteningly narrow. I hear views about…

Evangelicals fare better than other Christians when quizzed on Bible, Christianity: poll

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter | Thursday, July 25, 2019 Attendees watch on during the 2019 Evangelicals for Life conference at the McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia on Jan. 16, 2019. | PHOTO: ERLC A new Pew Research poll suggests that evangelical Christians are more knowledgeable about the Bible and Christianity than other American Christians, while American Jews are most knowledgeable about religion in general. While most polls tend to present data on public opinion, a new Pew Research Center survey titled “What…

‘Christianity is an Evil Cult’: Chinese Schools Urging Kids to Report Christian Relatives

The Chinese government continues to tighten its grip on Christianity by actively discouraging young people to engage in things of faith. Under the last year’s new Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation, schoolchildren are even encouraged to report any family members who espouse Christian views. Faithwire: ‘No Evidence Base’: Former Psychologist at Child Trans Clinic Pens Damning Open Letter to Former Boss According to Chinese persecution watchdog, Bitter Winter, the new policy has created fierce rifts amongst families as children are encouraged to questions and undermine the…

‘The Bachelorette’ Is No Longer Hiding Its Christianity – The Daily Beast

On a recent episode of The Bachelorette, lead Hannah Brown tells suitor and contestant Luke Parker, “I have had sex, and, honestly, Jesus still loves me.” (Jesus was not available for comment.) Each season has a major turning point. Colton Underwood jumping the fence. Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumping his winner for his runner-up. Ben Higgins telling two women he loves them. And Brown’s signature moment—the thing fans will likely repeat back to her for years to come—seems to be her sex and Jesus declaration. What…

Understanding Progressive Christianity: A Historical Approach – LA Progressive

The God of Christianity is a Spirit who works in history. These interventions include Moses bringing the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and Jesus bringing salvation to the world. God spoke through the prophets, apostles and the Church and also through us (Luke 12:11-12). Spirit intervenes in the world through human beings. While there is terrible evil in the world, when we examine history closely we can see Spirit’s handiwork. While God works through all people of all faiths, the story of Western…

PEARRELL: Bible’s critics are threatened by its prophecy – Rockdale Newton Citizen

Before the July Fourth weekend, we were looking at the important subject of the Bible. The Bible is the most scrutinized work in existence today. In the first article we saw that the rejection of this work is more based upon personal experience than it is upon verifiable evidence. That is, most people reject the Bible either on the basis of since they haven’t witnessed a miracle, miracles simply don’t happen and since the Bible records miracles, we can’t believe its report. Or, since…

In Brooklyn, ‘tradpunk’ Christianity meets millennial counterculture – Religion News Service

(RNS) — A few weeks ago, I found myself at a goth garden party in Brooklyn, New York’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery with a few people I’d met on the fringe corners of what the internet often refers to as Weird Catholic Twitter (and its somewhat more sedate stepsister: Weird Anglican Twitter). The crowd was mixed. There were people involved in New York’s vintage clothing collecting subculture, some Brooklyn goths, and some of the organizers of the event, which was hosted by the Morbid Anatomy…

Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’ – The Telegraph

Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of almost 4,000 people polled by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), 38 per cent described themselves as Christian – a fall from 50 per cent in 2008 and 66 per cent…

Pompeo assures Christian Zionists that Israel allows conversions to Christianity – The Times of Israel

JTA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a point of reminding a conference of Christian Zionists that Israel permits conversions to Christianity, just weeks after his department reported on the difficulties converts face there. Pompeo, speaking Monday to the annual Washington summit of Christians United For Israel, drew a contrast between Israel and its neighbors. “Modern Israel is the only truly free nation throughout the entire Middle East,” he said. “No country is perfect, but Israel, like America, holds itself to an…

Christianity at risk: ‘Dramatic decline’ in Britain’s Christian identity – shock report – Express

As many as 3,879 people have been polled for the British Social Attitudes report last year, highlighting how Britain’s spiritual identity has been reshaped since 1983. Among those surveyed, only 38 percent of Britons described themselves as Christian, down from 50 percent in 2008, just 11 years ago. This result is even more astonishing if compared to the one gathered in 1983, when this survey was first taken, with 66 percent of the Britons polled then describing themselves as Christian. On the other hand,…

Glarryford couple Robert and Natasha Templeton ‘preparing for end times’ – BBC News

A County Antrim husband and wife facing terrorism charges were “preparing for end times” a court has been told. Robert James Templeton, 33, of Cladytown Road, Glarryford, and his wife Natasha, 31, of the same address face the same nine terrorism charges. They include possession of explosives, possession of a firearm and preparation of terrorist acts. Coleraine Magistrates’ Court heard that police entered the Templetons’ Cladytown Road property on 5 July. A police officer in court described it as a “shambles” with “material strewn…

Chinese Christians flee China amid crackdown on church: ‘No longer safe for us’ – Fox News

As China continues its crackdown on religion, Christians in the Communist country are fleeing for their lives. China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years, including bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in what are termed “re-education centers.” President Xi Jinping , who is also party leader, has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to…

Trump-supporting pastor says socialism and Christianity are incompatible – Baptist News Global

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham added the rise of the Democratic Party’s socialist left to a list of concerns like abortion and same-sex marriage on the line in “a battle for the soul of our nation.” “Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview and seeks to suppress all peoples in support of the state,” Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, said in a televised sermon on Sunday. “No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious…

Glenn Stanton: Is Christianity really shrinking? – Fox News

There’s been a rash of stories lately suggesting Christianity is in steep decline and that atheism is rapidly becoming the largest “religion” in the United States. But is such news true? Is Christianity really going the way of the VHS tape? No. As President Ronald Reagan once said of liberals: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” MICHAEL MCAFEE AND LAUREN GREEN MCAFEE: IS THE BIBLE WORTH READING? Christianity is certainly not…

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity – The Atlantic

Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump. I recently exchanged emails with a pro-Trump figure who attended the president’s reelection rally in Orlando, Florida, on June 18. (He spoke…

Fulfilled prophecy teaches great lessons | Faith – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

The Bible is an amazing Book! Written by forty different authors, over fifteen hundred years, in three different languages, on three different continents and yet there are no errors and no contradictions. One of the greatest lines of evidence for the inspiration of Scripture is fulfilled prophecy. In Daniel chapter 7 God gave the prophet Daniel a vision of world history. Daniel saw a vision that focused on four great beasts. These beasts represent four great empires. Verse 4 reads, “The first (beast) was…

A Photographer Sees a Prophecy of Trump’s America in Atlantic City – Hyperallergic

From Atlantic City (courtesy Circa Press) Atlantic City, New Jersey never really had a heyday, at least not one that lived up to the halcyon daydreams of its original architects. First conceived as the East Coast’s answer to Europe’s fashionable seaside resorts, its tawdry boardwalk attractions, backroom gambling establishments, and casual violence never approached the elegance of Cannes or Biarritz. Nevertheless, it held on for a while before taking a particularly American downturn. The legacy of the cut-and-run business which caused that downturn is…

What Do Oil And Christianity Have In Common? – Texas Standard

It may seem like a stretch to look for a connection between the oil industry and Christianity. But a new book by Darren Dochuck says these two larger-than-life entities both played important roles in building the country. The book, titled “Anointed with Oil:  How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America,” draws connections between the independent oilmen and wildcat Christianity. Dochuck says a lot of migration inside the United States has historically been tied directly to where and how oil money could be found, and…

The Color of Compromise: American Christianity’s legacy of racism calls for ‘repentance and repair’ – Baptist News Global

In his 2019 book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, University of Mississippi doctoral candidate Jemar Tisby describes his purpose: This book is about revealing racism. It pulls back the curtain on the ways American Christians have collaborated with racism for centuries. By seeing the roots of racism in this country may the church be moved to immediate and resolute antiracist action. Tisby’s study surveys the history of racial discrimination and injustice in America from the colonial…

Christianity Is the Bad Guy?: Bemoaning the Demise of the Classical World – Christianheadlines.com

Christianity Is the Bad Guy?: Bemoaning the Demise of the Classical World In “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon blames Rome’s demise, at least in part, on Christianity. He wrote, “The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged, and the last remains of military spirit were buried in the cloister [and] a large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion…”…

The end of the world will be a non-event – The Outline

It will not stop raining in Pittsburgh. Ours has always been a gray and drizzly city, but this feels different. Last year we got nearly 60 inches of rain, more even than in 2004, when the remnants of Hurricane Ivan flooded downtown and many of the little riverfront towns a few miles up the Allegheny River. We had an epidemic of landslides, collapsing roads, and homes getting swallowed by mud. This year is on pace to match or exceed 2018’s record precipitation. The rains…