A judicial body within the United Church of Canada rejected an appeal from a minister who wants to keep her clergy credentials despite being an avowed atheist.
Gretta Vosper, head pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto, attempted to appeal a ruling from the Toronto Conference that her ministry must be under review.
The UCC's Judicial Committee Executive recently decided Vosper's appeal did not hold sufficient merit to be heard before a review was initiated. more >>
"God's Not Dead 2" shines a light on the religious freedom battles being waged across the country that many Americans are not aware of. Using a similar formula as the first film, the creators of "God's Not Dead 2" move from scientific proof of God's existence to evaluating historical proof of Jesus' life on Earth.
Having a female lead this time around, '90s icon Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Melissa & Joey") takes on one of her most dramatic roles to date and brings the plot home with her convincing performance of persecuted teacher Grace Wesley.
When not looking after her grandpa, Walter (Pat Boone), Wesley spends most of her time in the classroom teaching high school history. But one day her answer to a student's question about Jesus' teachings compared to Gandhi's ideology, lands the happy-go-lucky teacher in court. more >>
Popular '90s actress Melissa Joan Hart says she faced intense pressure from those closest to her for answering the call to take the lead role in the film "God's Not Dead 2."
"I had a hard time in my personal life being able to make room for this movie. I felt very persecuted within my own inner circle...I felt very called to do this movie," Hart shared.
The actress admitted that she avoided watching the original "God's Not Dead," until she read the script for the sequel, and after reading the script and seeing the original film, she felt certain she was called to the role. more >>
There are what appear to be contradictions, some irreconcilable, in the Bible, but there are ways to handle them in an honest way, says Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish apologist and host of the talk radio show "The Line of Fire."
"First thing, don't stick your head in the sand as if they don't exist," says Brown, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, in the latest episode of his show, "How Do We Explain Bible Contradictions?"
"Second thing, don't pull your hair out as if it's the end of the world," Brown suggests. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded that the University of Iowa reverse its decision to allocate spaces on campus for full-time prayer for Muslim faculty, staff and students.
"This goes beyond any claimed accommodation provided to students. The University may not establish worship and prayer spaces targeted to certain religious persons and practices," FFRF staff attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to UI President Bruce Harreld, according to Press-Citizen.
The university is using two former offices in the Iowa Memorial Union as the prayer areas. more >>
Distrust of atheists is "deeply and culturally ingrained" among people, and even many atheists are not able to trust each other, according to a new study carried out by the psychology department at Nottingham Trent University in England.
Published in the International Journal for The Psychology of Religion, the study, "The Robustness of Anti-Atheist Prejudice as Measured by Way of Cognitive Errors," was conducted with 100 participants from the U.K.
They completed an online experiment in which the participants were asked to read a vignette describing the actions of an untrustworthy individual. They were then asked to make a judgment with regards to the untrustworthy individual's identity. more >>