"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, a Roman Catholic, invited atheist HBO host Bill Maher to come back to the faith during a recent interview, which stayed a humorous tone, but also touched on more serious issues.
The two comedians took jabs at each other over their different worldviews, with Maher beginning the discussion on religion by stating that he and Colbert are "very opposite," because the latter is married and is religious, referring to his Catholic faith.
Colbert affirmed that he "gives religion a shot," stating that "I suck as a Catholic," but insisted that doesn't mean he doesn't keep practicing the faith. more >>
A cartoonist for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which suffered a terror attack earlier this year, has responded to the Islamic State's massacre in Paris on Friday by declaring that if God exists, he hates terror.
Cartoonist Joann Sfar posted 12 illustrations on his Instagram page over the weekend reflecting on the tragedy on Friday, where gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people. In one image, he addresses directly the "lovers of death," and writes that if God exists, "he hates you."
"And you have already lost, on Earth as in Heaven," he adds. more >>
A scientist has denounced the merit of a recently released study that claims atheist children are more altruistic than religious children.
Earlier this month academic periodical Current Biology published a study that concluded that children raised in non-religious homes were more altruistic than ones raised in religious households.
Tom Trinko, a scientist with a Ph.D. in physics, penned a column for the conservative American Thinker denouncing the study as "pseudoscience." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice said it plans to stand up to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which recently called for the removal of Gideon Bibles from state-run lodgings.
The group noted that the latest battle began after FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and her husband, Dan Barker, stayed at the Holmes Student Center Hotel in DeKalb, Illinois, and discovered a Gideon Bible placed in their hotel room.
"No one is making any guest open the Bible. No one is making them read it. In fact, the university is not 'providing bibles;' it is allowing a Christian group to place literature, the Bible, in hotel rooms much like a pizzeria may leave coupons," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote on Thursday. more >>
For much of its existence, America has been defined as an extension of the conservative Protestant values of its first settlers. That worldview is rapidly vanishing in America, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Church, says now is the time for the church to reclaim its mission.
"We were never given a mission to promote 'values' in the first place, but to speak instead of sin and of righteousness and judgement, of Christ and his kingdom," writes Moore.
His new book, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, offers a blueprint for how to speak to a culture that is not only indifferent to, but at times openly hostile to Christianity. more >>
Although I've known this for decades, a couple of Facebook posts this week reminded me of the fact that the world hates us because it first hates God.
As Jesus said to His disciples in John 15, "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (Joh 15:18-19).
It is true, of course, that the world sometimes hates us because our behavior is not keeping with the character of Jesus. more >>