Before an illustrious line of Ben-Hurs — played by Ramon Novarro in 1925, Charlton Heston in 1959, and now Jack Huston in 2016 — graced the big screen, the character of Judah Ben-Hur was crafted in Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
The newest Ben-Hur film is about to hit theaters this week, and as early as 2014 MGM and Paramount promised the film's return to "Lew Wallace's epic novel focusing on the nature of faith." In a recent interview, director Timur Bekmambetov also invoked Wallace's novel when discussing his vision for Ben-Hur (2016).
Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.
"The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted," Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.
"Because at a certain moment 'the landlord got up and locked the door' (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," he added. more >>
The Satanic Temple is one step closer to forming a chapter of its After School Satan Club at an elementary school in Utah.
Earlier this year, the satanist group announced that it's starting After School Satan Club chapters in public schools across the country, including Vista Elementary of Taylorsville, located within the Granite School District.
A representative of the Satanic Temple emailed The Christian Post providing an update on the effort to establish an ASSC chapter at Vista. more >>
A Wisconsin-based anti-religion organization is filing suit against a Pennsylvania county because its official seal includes a cross.
The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the suit against Lehigh County on Tuesday in district court on behalf of multiple local residents.
"A prominent Latin cross is centrally displayed on Lehigh County's seal and flag. The Plaintiffs — four local residents and a membership association of freethinkers … that works to promote the separation of state and church — object to the Latin cross representing the county government," reads the suit's introduction. more >>
One of the largest secular lobbying groups in America has graded Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton an "A," while giving Republican nominee Donald Trump an "F," ahead of November's presidential elections.
"The nonreligious are now the largest voting bloc in the country and it is essential that they know where the candidates stand on these critical issues," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.
"These guides will empower secular voters to hold political candidates accountable. Donald Trump's flunking grade should serve as a wake up call to his campaign about the political peril of pandering to the religious right. This divisive rhetoric no longer resonates with an American electorate that increasingly accepts science, embraces religious pluralism, and values the separation of church and state." more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, assures believers that God will not send someone to Hell if they have never heard the Gospel, adding that people will only be held accountable for what they know.
"What about the person who has never heard the Gospel? Will God Send them to Hell?" Laurie asked in a Facebook video posted on Wednesday, repeating the question of a reader.
"You're going to be held accountable for what you know, not what you don't know," the megachurch pastor answered. more >>