A series of billboards that promote atheist author Sam Harris' upcoming tour in Australia by attacking Catholic communion and the Quran have been banned.
Think Inc., the group that organized Harris' upcoming January tour in the country, had planned on posting the ads in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The Herald Sun reported that advertising company APN Outdoor rejected the ads, stating that they do not comply with the Outdoor Media Association's code of ethics, which prohibit material that vilifies religion. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham met with Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill of Moscow earlier this week, where the two discussed issues pertaining to gay marriage, the secularization in the West, and Christian persecution.
"We discussed the persecution of the church worldwide, especially in countries like Syria, and the need to protect Christians. We discussed the refugee crisis and how the church can help these people who are fleeing for their lives," Graham said about the meeting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"And we talked about the need to reach a younger generation brought up in secular schools surrounded by a secular culture who know nothing of God and His love for them. I appreciate Patriarch Kirill's very clear moral voice on issues of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life," he added. more >>
NEW YORK — Weeks after a Christian professor claimed movies and books about Heaven can harm Christian theology, Texas Pastor John Burke has said they can actually be beneficial and improve one's quality of life. He should know, he's studied over 1,000 cases of near-death experiences and published a new book on the subject.
In his book, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You, Burke, a former engineer, explores commonalities he found in 120 different NDE accounts, which he believes are all in line with Scripture.
In September, Scot McKnight, a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, told The Christian Post that among the more than 100 NDE accounts he has researched, most were "seriously out of synch" with what the Bible says about the afterlife. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has called atheist author Richard Dawkins "blind" and suggested that he has a "closed mind" for criticizing GOP presidential candidates who would identify as creationists.
During an interview with Fox News Radio last week, Dawkins claimed that all GOP candidates are creationists, which he called "disgraceful."
"The fact that one of the two major political parties, every single candidate except one says they don't believe in evolution, they don't even believe in the fundamental principle of biology, which is a fact," Dawkins asserted. more >>
While recounting the struggles and highlights of their old NFL playing days on a Washington, D.C. ESPN sports talk radio show Tuesday evening, two former Washington Redskins fan favorites agreed that former head coach Jim Zorn "lost the locker room" because he criticized players who didn't pray and didn't live their lives the Christian way.
During his weekly visit on "The Drive" AM radio show with co-hosts Chris Cooley — a former Redskins tight end — Steve Czaban and Al Galdi, former Redskins running back Clinton Portis explained the difference between hall-of-fame head coach Joe Gibbs and the failed Zorn, who finished with a 12-20 record during his two seasons with the Redskins.
When asked if current Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is in danger of losing the confidence of his players after his first season with the franchise ended with a 4-12 record and his second season has begun with a 2-4 record, Portis responded with a resounding "no" because Gruden still has the support of his locker room. more >>
The Church of England is reportedly considering plans to keep some historic village churches across the country opened only on holy days such as Christmas and Easter due to population shifts and the ever-growing decline in attendance and church membership.
A major 66-page report by the CofE's Church Buildings Review Group noted that many churches are no longer sustainable, and that about one in four parishes have fewer than 10 regular worshipers.
The report proposes turning some parishes into "festival churches" in order to ease the financial burden, suggesting that they will only be used for key dates on the religious calendar, or occasions such as marriage and funerals. more >>