"Downton Abbey" seemed to have banished traces of God and Christianity from all its episodes, and historical advisor Alastair Bruce revealed why.
Many "Downton Abbey" fans noticed that no traces of Christianity or any religion could be seen on the show. This is because the executive producers of the series have instructed Alastair Bruce not to incorporate any religious element into the series, according to The Telegraph.
Bruce has spent several years trying to create the perfect 1912 setting for "Downton Abbey" and this responsibility covers house decors, conversations, and costumes, but he was strictly forbidden to include religion in the series. For this reason, viewers have never seen the Crawley family about to sit down to dinner and say grace, Christian Today reports. more >>
Friday's attacks on Paris that took the lives of at least 127 people have led rock bands U2, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters to cancel their concerts to allow for grievance over the rampage.
The Irish band said in a statement, "U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."
Multiple outlets reported that Bono and his bandmates were spotted outside the Bataclan Theatre, where one of the attacks were purposefully laid out. They were supposed to hold a concert in the City of Lights on Saturday but decided to cancel the event after the series of attacks in various areas in Paris, France. more >>
Islamic State's acts of terror in Paris, which killed at least 129 innocent people Friday evening, underline not only the uncertainty of life on earth but also that it is time for the people of France, "and all of us," to heed Jesus' offer of eternal salvation through repentance, writes theologian John Piper.
In his latest blog, posted on the desiringGod website, Piper quotes Marc Coupris, who survived the terror attack at the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. "It was carnage ... They shot from the balcony. I saw my final hour unfurl before me, I thought this was the end. I thought I am finished, I am finished," Marc told media.
But Marc was not finished, Piper notes, saying, "We are thankful." But we need to "wake up from the stupor of thinking we know when we will be finished," adds Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. more >>
As concerns mount in the U.S. and Europe about the background of Syrian refugees, police in Turkey arrested eight suspects Wednesday who are believed to be Islamic State militants.
The alleged terrorists posing as refugees were arrested in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. According to the Daily Express, one of the eight men had a hand-drawn picture of a route that would have them traveling through several European countries and eventually into Germany.
Turkish media claimed the alleged imposters arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, on Tuesday. Turkey has an estimated million and a half refugees who have fled IS and is a main transition point for some refugees, many whom are trying to make their way to Western Europe. more >>
A woman wearing a suicide vest blew herself up during an anti-terror raid in Paris on Wednesday morning, with reports stating that at least two people are dead and seven arrested.
Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said that the operation targeted Islamic State militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, which killed 129 people.
German authorities have said that they received information about a planned explosion at a soccer stadium in Hanover, which forced the evacuation of fans and canceled the Germany-Netherlands friendly match Tuesday night.
Chief Volker Kluwe shared with public broadcaster NDR that authorities "had concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium."
Kluwe said: "We do take this intelligence seriously. That is why we proceeded with this protocol. We did not take this decision lightly, but it was in accordance with the seriousness of the intelligence." more >>