Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>
In 1908, the year the late Rev. Noah Smith was born, America was getting ready to elect William Howard Taft as its 27th president. Lyndon B. Johnson, the man who would become the 36th President of the United States, was also born.
Some 22 years later, on March 8, 1930, Taft died. Nearly 43 years later, on Jan. 22, 1973, Johnson followed Taft to the grave. But Smith lived on.
And he would live through the administrations of 18 American presidents to become the oldest practicing preacher in the U.S., until last month when he died at the ripe old age of 107. He told his church family and 97-year-old wife, who had gathered at his bedside, "good night" one last time and never woke up again. more >>
A defamation lawsuit filed by a former employee of a Presbyterian Church (USA) agency was dismissed by a Tennessee judge last week.
The Rev. Roger Dermody was hired in April 2010 to serve as an employee of PCUSA's Presbyterian Mission Agency, and with his peers was tasked with helping resolve the problem of declining membership in the Church, but was fired earlier this year.
While pop sensation Justin Bieber has developed a close relationship with Pastors Carl Lentz and Judah Smith, the 21-year-old admits that he's often rejected his faith and communion with other Christians by going to church, where "weird" people go.
"Christians leave such a bad taste in people's mouths. I was like, 'I'm not gonna go to church.' I had these church friends and I was like, 'You guys are cool, I like you guys, but I'm not going to church,'" Bieber said during a Complex magazine interview published earlier this week.
"Then it was the same thing of, 'Just because you went to a weird church before doesn't mean that this is weird.' It doesn't make you a Christian just by going to church. ... " more >>
Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart, of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that the ongoing exodus of Christians from the Middle East — fleeing war and persecution — is an "apocalyptic and fatal" development.
Jeanbart said that the "exodus of Christians" is as "a form of deportation, condemning our faithful to a humiliating exile and our 2,000-year-old Church to a deadly drying up," according to The Irish Catholic.
He also criticized the lack of help from Western governments, claiming that they "appear to be either indifferent or unjust" to the plight of the refugees. more >>
An official of the Russian Orthodox Church believes Russia is fighting a "holy battle" in Syria.
The Kremlin launched a series of airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, reportedly against the brutal Islamic State terror goup, but U.S. officials have said the strikes were actually inflicted against CIA-backed Syrian rebels opposed to dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church's public affairs department, was quoted by Interfax News Agency as saying that Russia's airstrikes in the embattled Middle Eastern country were a holy endeavor. more >>