Christian History magazine, in partnership with Voice of the Martyrs-USA members, focuses on the "Modern Age of Persecution" in its newest issue. The publication cites findings by church statisticians that an estimated 70 million Christians have been killed due to their faith since the time of Jesus and that other believers were partly to blame.
Founded by the Christian History Institute, the magazine notes in its issue titled "Eyewitnesses to the Modern Age of Persecution," that among the three groups most responsible for persecution of Christians were Christians themselves. The publication references information gleaned by the late church statistician David Barrett and Todd M. Johnson of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
In addition to "atheist communist and socialist governments (and) Islamists and government sponsored sharia law," the publication adds that "Christian denominations that have attacked their own 'brethren' in disputes over conflicting doctrine" were also "responsible for persecution of Christians in modern times." more >>
Deliver Us From Evil, the latest in a string of Hollywood projects inspired by belief in the demonic, is based on the experiences of a former police officer-turned-demonologist who says everyone born automatically becomes involved in a spiritual battle, whether or not they believe in God.
"I'm a messenger that's it. I'm not an angel. The word angel means 'messenger.' But I'm a human person and I just have this message and you can believe in it if you want. You don't have to. I don't really care," explains former New York Police Department Sergeant Ralph Sarchie in a behind-the-scenes video on how his work inspired Deliver Us From Evil.
Sarchie, who uses colorful language to explain what happens when one chooses to "expose the devil," as he describes his work, compares the negativity he would routinely encounter during his 18 years as a police officer to the negativity he is exposed to by the demonic during exorcisms. more >>
American Atheists, the group that has been trying to remove the Ground Zero Cross from the National 9/11 Museum in New York, has been asked by a federal appeals court to explain why it finds the artifact to be "offensive," "repugnant," and a violation of the Establishment Clause.
"Plaintiffs' brief should, at a minimum, clarify both the injuries alleged and legal theories relied on to support standing," the Second Circuit Court of Appeals asked in an order late last week.
"Further, to the extent plaintiffs allege that they have been 'injured in consequence of having a religious tradition that is not their own imposed upon them through the power of the state,' First Am. Compl. because individual plaintiffs view use of the challenged 'cross, a Christian symbol, to represent all victims of the 9/11 Attacks' as 'offensive,' 'repugnant,' and 'insult[ing]' to them as atheists, plaintiffs should explain how such offense states a cognizable constitutional injury." more >>
Isaiah Austin, of the Baylor University Bears, revealed Sunday that due to being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects various parts of the body, he has no choice but to end his professional basketball career. The news comes just days before the 2014 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be a late first-round pick.
"They said I wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level," Austin revealed to ESPN in a tearful interview broadcast on Sunday. "They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called."
The Christian athlete, who has long played with a detached right retina, had his diagnosis revealed during a pre-draft health screening. About 1 in 5,000 people is diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects the heart, eyes, bones, and joints, according to The Marfan Foundation. more >>
Research has shown over the last few years an increase in the number of atheists as well as an increase in the number of religiously-unaffiliated Americans, a sign to some that Christianity is on the decline. However, others argue that the number of convictional Christians, compared to the number of cultural Christians, remains stable. But how long will that stability last? And how can Christians remain relevant and authentic witnesses in an ever-increasing post-Christian America?
Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and president of The Urban Alternative, recently took on this issue in an interview with The Christian Post.
His suggestions? more >>
An artist in Brooklyn, New York is making waves with her most recent art exhibit that features reality show star Kim Kardashian as Jesus, the Virgin Mary and a Satanic priestess.
The exhibit, entitled "The Passion of Kim Kardashian," was created by 23-year-old artist Hannah Kunkle and was recently shown for one night at the Palisades 906 venue in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Kunkle created a series of photoshopped images, each one portraying Kardashian as a god of a different religion.
One of the portraits shows Kardashian as the Virgin Mary, wearing a blue robe and surrounded by blue roses as a halo hovers over her head. Another piece of work shows Kardashian as Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns in front of a cross backdrop, surrounded by lambs and doves. A third creation shows Kardashian as a Hindu goddess, surrounded by lions and snakes. more >>