A third of young adults in America say they don't belong to any religion. Why? NPR did a fascinating story on this phenomenon, interviewing six young adults in Washington, D.C. They came from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. One was raised Jewish; she still loves going to synagogue but describes herself as having an "agnostic bent."
The self-professed Creator of the universe claims to be all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. For millions of people, it is harder to believe such assertions after the Newtown massacre. Atheist Sam Harris declares that "the murder of a single little girl – even once in a million years – casts doubt upon the idea of a benevolent God." Now we're facing the killing of 20 children in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
The last Twilight Saga movie premieres tonight. Why are these films so wildly popular? Some credit Meyer's descriptive writing style and alluring characters. Others point to Edward's romantic charm—he is old-fashioned in many ways, respectful and protective of Bella, insisting that they remain chaste until they marry.
Now that President Obama has been reelected, I'd like to offer some reflections on yesterday's election. The Washington Post called the day our "civic holiday." Whether your candidate won or lost, what America accomplished Tuesday is truly remarkable.
What does "Frankenstorm" mean for the presidential election, now just eight days away? Politico suggests five possibilities. One: it could slow Mitt Romney's momentum by lessening his ability to campaign in states affected by the storm.
If Christians shouldn't see "The Blind Side," what movies depicting life in our culture should we see? If Christian publications have uniformly endorsed the movie, why are Southern Baptists deciding three years after its release to make this an issue? As they prepare to elect their first African-American president, should this controversy be their focus?
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood claimed Monday that its candidate has won the Egyptian presidency. Mohamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat is now a critical figure on the world stage. Who is he? What does he believe? Why would his election matter to us?
Miss Rhode Island won last night's "Miss USA" contest. Her support for transgendered contest participants drew loud applause from the crowd and is consistent with the pageant's official position. Miss Ohio is also in the news for citing "Pretty Woman" as a positive depiction of women on screen. In the film, Julia Roberts plays a prostitute who eventually leaves her profession with a man who had hired her services for a week.
In breaking news, the pope's butler has agreed to cooperate with investigators. Observers are now speculating that other church leaders will soon be implicated in the widening scandal. Meanwhile, Apple's CEO Tim Cook has passed on $75 million in dividend payments due to him over the next 9 years. His decision is a welcome departure from the inflated CEO salaries that regularly lead the news.
What do The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Avengers have in common? Nothing I can think of, except the fact that I saw them both over the weekend. What do they tell us about ourselves? A great deal.
Twenty-two percent of Americans think the world will end in their lifetime. According to a recent Reuters poll, nearly 15 percent of people worldwide agree. The numbers range from 6 percent in France to 22 percent in Turkey and the U.S. What explains this phenomenon?
In breaking news this morning, suicide bombers have killed seven people in Afghanistan and wounded 17, most of them Afghan children on their way to school. According to a Taliban spokesman, their attack was in response to President Obama's visit to their country.
The nation's Catholic bishops recently "urged resistance to laws that church officials consider unjust." They encouraged "fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad." I write each week for the Texas Faith blog of The Dallas Morning News. This week we were asked to respond to this timely question: "How far should people of faith go in resisting laws they consider unjust?"
Did you hear about the man who practiced twelve religions in twelve months? Andrew Bowen was Hindu in January, Baha'i in February, Zoroastrian in March, Jewish in April, Buddhist in May, and agnostic in June. He practiced Mormonism in July, Islam in August, the Sikh faith in September, Wicca in October, Jain in November, and Catholicism in December.
When the Titanic struck the iceberg, she kept sailing; if she had stopped, all her passengers would likely have been evacuated before she sank. Could it be that you and I are aboard our own Titanic this morning?
Marilynne Robinson is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead. Her latest collection of essays, titled "When I Was A Child I Read Books," calls mainline Protestants to task for "retreating from the cultivation and celebration of learning and beauty . . . as if people were less than God made them and in need of nothing so much as condescension."
Kony 2012 is stirring an incredible media storm this morning. This 30-minute video has been seen more than 41 million times since Monday and was mentioned yesterday by White House spokesman Jay Carney.
After defending his statements for several days, Limbaugh apologized for them over the weekend, saying his "choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir." Despite his apology, a seventh advertiser has now pulled its ads from his show.
Fans are snapping up Jeremy Lin jersey, TV ratings of Knicks games have skyrocketed, and shares of the team reached an all-time high on Monday. Lin's response? "I'm just thankful to God for everything. Like the Bible says, 'God works in all things for the good of those who love him.'"
If I were a sports journalist, here's the column I would write about Super Bowl XLVI. I would focus on seven plays, most of which won't appear in anyone's headlines.
Here are my questions: Could a Christian require an Islamic university to provide non-Muslim rooms for Christian use? Where do we draw the line once a faith-based university is required to remove elements of its faith in deference to those who choose to attend its classes but do not share its beliefs? Could a Christian university one day be forced to change any practice or symbol that a student finds offensive? Could it be made to hire an atheist to teach religion?
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was seen drinking in a Dallas area bar Monday evening, according to reports dominating the local news this morning. Teammate Ian Kinsler came to the pub to persuade Hamilton to return to his home. The Rangers said they are aware of a "situation," but have not commented further. This was Hamilton's second alcohol-related relapse in three years.
This headline caught my eye today: "America is drunk." Psychiatrist Keith Ablow cites new data from the Centers for Disease Control that reveals the crisis: One in six Americans downs eight mixed drinks within a few hours, four times a month. Twenty-eight percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 binge-drink five times every month. Thirteen percent of those between the ages of 45 and 65 do the same.
New Hampshire's primary results cemented Mitt Romney's front-runner status and made the question even more urgent: should Christians vote for a Mormon?
The issue of postmodernism aside, I am not writing today to critique Osteen's theology. Others who have heard more of his sermons and read more of his books can do that better than I can. My purpose is to learn from his popularity.