A new study on Christian attitudes toward dating and marriage reveals a broad acceptance for cohabitation, premarital sex and a rejection of traditional gender roles. Experts believe that many Christians are following cultural trends over scripture when it comes to sex and marriage.
"Christians are perhaps more influenced by the culture than they are by the teachings of scripture or the church," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
According to the "2014 State of Dating in America" report published by Christian Mingle and JDate, 61 percent of Christians said they would have sex before marriage. Fifty-six percent said that it's appropriate to move in with someone after dating for a time between six months and two years. Fifty-Nine percent said it doesn't matter who the primary breadwinner of the family is. And 34 percent responded that while it would be nice to marry someone of the same faith, it's not required. more >>
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" has sparked controversy due to the religion of its villain – a Russian Orthodox Christian terrorist with ties to 9/11 who aims to blow up Wall Street. Christian reviewers, however, say they are not insulted by this fact, arguing that "there are bigger fish to fry."
"This is not religious terrorism, it's coming from the Soviet Union," Gary Black Jr., chair of Advanced Studies at Azusa Pacific University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. Black argued that, far from insulting Russian Orthodox Christianity, the film ironically praises it. "It's demonstrating the true values of Orthodox Christianity – the best place to hide and not to be seen as a terrorist is a church." The film is not about wacky Christian terrorists but about Russian spies who think the best place to hide is a church. In one scene, an undercover "family" is activated by the priest preaching on Lamentations 2:2.
"If you want to talk about anti-Christian content in the movie Jack Ryan, talk about the six misuses of Jesus' name as if it were a swear word," Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family's movie review department "Plugged In," told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. Waliszewski argued that "there's nothing more insensitive that a director can do than misuse the name above every name." more >>
A District Court judge in South Carolina has ruled against a motion by The Episcopal Church to try and gain the identity of a breakaway diocese.
Judge C. Weston Houck of the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division ruled last week that a motion by TEC against the Diocese of South Carolina will be denied. The motion came in response to Houck's decision last August to dismiss a federal lawsuit the Episcopal Church made against Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence.
The Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, head of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, which is comprised of Episcopalians who opposed leaving the national denomination, filed the motion. more >>
A clergyman and former dean at Yale Divinity School will be tried by the United Methodist Church later this year for officiating his son's same-sex wedding.
Last week, the church trial for The Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, reported the Associated Press. The church trial has garnered much attention due to its spotlighting of the UMC's position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In addition to considering homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching", the UMC Book of Discipline also states that clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages. more >>
Christians, including those from numerous denominations, from across the world are set to observe a time of prayer for the unity of the faith.
The annual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" begins this Saturday and continues for the next seven days. Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox will hold various events centered on praying for the unity of the Christian faith.
Rev. John W. Crossin, executive director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post about the Catholic Church's involvement in the observance. more >>
The United Methodist Church is denying that an Indiana church dismissed its openly gay choir director over his sexual orientation.
Dan Gangler, spokesman for the UMC Indiana Conference, told The Christian Post that First United Methodist Church of Alexandria had other reasons for not re-hiring Adam Fraley.
"The position was not open. Mr. Fraley had resigned earlier in the year and the pastor did not think it wise to re-hire him since he already have once resigned from the position," said Gangler. "This was a personnel decision. The position was the church's position in the first place. The church has the option to fill or not fill a particular position." more >>