Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday.
His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon.
Borg was known for being a pioneer in what is labeled by some as progressive Christianity, and he participated in the Jesus Seminar around 30 years ago where a group of scholars gathered and challenged many of the statements made by Jesus found in the Bible with the claim that they were dreamed up by his followers or were meant to be metaphors. more >>
After the North Miami Beach police department was discovered to have been using mug shots of African Americans for practice at a firing range, several members of clergy from around the world decided to take action and started a movement with their images and the phrase #UseMeInstead.
Rev. Joy M. Gonnerman and other pastors from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Facebook group discussed how to respond and what they could do to encourage change.
"Maybe we ought to make it harder to pull the trigger, and volunteer to put pictures of their family up," Gonnerman suggested. more >>
A Church of England priest briefly disrupted the consecration ceremony for the first ever female bishop in the church after he shouted "not in the Bible." The ceremony went on as planned, however, and the Rev. Libby Lane was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport in front of over 1,000 people.
"It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church's history," Lane said, reflecting on the occasion.
BBC News reported that the priest who spoke out was the Rev. Paul Williamson from Hanworth, West London. Williamson made his views heard after the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, asked during the ceremony whether Lane should be ordained as bishop. more >>
Churches in the United Kingdom will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by focusing on the Christian influence of the document.
Both the Church of England's General Synod and other church officials have called on England to remember the church's involvement in the Magna Carta's creation.
The Right Rev. Alan Smith, the bishop of the Diocese of St Albans, sent a letter in January about his concern over the church's role being minimized in popular memory of the 1215 political milestone. more >>
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.
"The church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for a better world," O'Malley said at the opening mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Catholic News Service reported.
"In our country, people have come together in the fight to overcome racism" and other social ills, he added. more >>
A survey has found there is a significant gender divide when it comes to religious beliefs in Britain. While 54 percent of men in their 40s said they were either atheists or agnostics, women were twice more likely to believe in God and life after death.
"Among believers, women are also much more likely to be definite than men, and among non-believers, men are much more likely to be definite than women," said David Voas, professor of population studies at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.