British Supreme Court issue ‘dangerous’ ruling in Jewish school case

Britain’s Supreme Court has told an Orthodox Jewish school that its criteria for orthodoxy is unlawful, prompting fears about the state intruding into definitions of faith. The case involved a boy whose application to attend JFS, a Jewish secondary school, was turned down on grounds he didn’t meet the criteria because his mother is non-Orthodox.... Continue Reading

Former Massachusetts Boarding School to House New C. S. Lewis College

Irish-born novelist and scholar C.S. Lewis is having a college created in his name—and it will be located on the sprawling 217-acre campus of a former New England boarding school in Northfield, Massachusetts. The C.S. Lewis Foundation has been considering several locations throughout the United States for C.S. Lewis College and finally settled on the... Continue Reading

Billboard Magazine Releases Decade’s Top 10 Lists for Christian and Gospel Music

The following lists of Top Songs, Albums, and Artists in the Christian and Gospel Categories during the past decade has been released by Billboard, the world’s premier music publication, serving the entertainment business since 1894. The listings are based on a compliation of sales, streaming and radio play. Best of the 2000s: Christian Song Artists... Continue Reading

How December 25 Became Christmas

On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus’ birthday? The Bible offers... Continue Reading

Latest Pew Research Poll: Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths

The religious beliefs and practices of Americans do not fit neatly into conventional categories; Large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions. Many say they attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination. Many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology... Continue Reading

Hospital protesters say it’s spiritual warfare

Armed with religious icons, a small but determined group of Catholics met on the sidewalk in front of Catholic Medical Center on Dec 8th to protest the erosion of Catholic ethical standards they say would result if the hospital affiliated with secular Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “It is spiritual warfare that we’re engaged in.” The estimated 20... Continue Reading

Separate church and state, not God and state

We hear so much talk from certain quarters about separation of church and state, and the Constitution. Certainly it was the founding fathers’ desires to prevent any particular religion from using the power of government to foster their own religious convictions. However, it was never the intent of our founders to cause a separation of... Continue Reading

Play about Colorado Springs’ evangelicals starts a dialogue

It was praised by the New York Times, the New Yorker and Variety, among other A-List media outlets. But on a Friday night early in December, “This Beautiful City” faced even tougher critics: The town that inspired the play about the schism between the evangelical community and well, the rest of Colorado Springs. “I have... Continue Reading

How December 25 Became Christmas

From Biblical Archaeology Review an interesting article on “How December 25 Became Christmas.” On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How... Continue Reading

Dissident Lutherans: bullying over gays

A decision to ordain actively gay clergy has caused deep fissures in the nation’s largest Lutheran church group, with some traditional Lutherans saying they have been subjected to threats and retaliation as they consider breaking away. Several disaffected members of the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America (ELCA) say the decision made at the church’s national convention in... Continue Reading