An Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, centuries ago on the last day of October.
As the 500th anniversary of the historic occasion is still a few years away, various groups are already overseeing ways and providing resources to celebrate the milestone.
Tom Macy, senior pastor at Faith Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview that he viewed Reformation Day as a better alternative to Halloween. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to Pope Francis' much publicized comments earlier this week endorsing evolution and the big bang theory by arguing that the pontiff has "compromised biblical authority in favor of man's ideas in the area of origins."
"Pope Francis is not the first religious leader who has endorsed evolution and the big bang, but he is certainly one of the most influential," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog.
During an unveiling of a bust of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, Francis said: "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation." more >>
As a kid, when I was trolling my neighborhood at Halloween for Reese's peanut butter cups, Sweet-Tarts, Hershey bars, chip and pretzels, real money or the best treat of all—a full-size candy bar—I was often confused about what "trick or treat" actually was. I never really understood it!
Was I asking my neighbors if they wanted a trick from me? Was I asking homeowners whether they would trick me or give me candy? Was I supposed to perform a trick for my treat, like a dog? And what if they didn't like my trick? Did I have to give them a treat from my bag? Why was I saying, "trick or treat?" The adult world is so confusing to kids!
But now, years later, Halloween has taken on a new meaning. This last day of October, when the air is crisp and cool and kids skip excitedly through their neighborhoods, it's really about pretending to be someone we're not, isn't it? And in exchange, a stranger gives us a small "fun size" treat—a tiny, disappointing version of the massive king-size candy bar we really want. Remember Charlie Brown's letdown when he realizes, "I got a rock?" more >>
It's that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for another year.
By now, you've heard the many origins of this ambiguous holiday from The Catholic Church's claim of it being derived from All Hollow's Eve (the day to commemorate those martyred for their faith), to the many Evangelicals and some pagans who believe it a version of Samhain that was created to allow pagans to continue practicing paganism under the guise of a Christian cover. Most Neo-pagans celebrate Samhain, which falls near the date of Halloween and is considered an in-between time when the veil between worlds is thinnest and the Celtic New Year is celebrated.
Research reveals a lot of speculation when it comes to the actual practices of Halloween. Some say it's rooted in the immigration of the Irish who brought much of their folklore back to the states such as Jack-o-Lanterns, which may have originated in the form of a turnip. They believed by carving frightening faces on them, it would ward off the evil spirits that passed between worlds on Samhain night. more >>
Singapore has upheld its 76-year-old ban on sexual relations between men, explaining that the law has final say on such matters. The ruling has prompted a number of LGBT activist groups to call the decision discriminatory.
"Whilst we understand the deeply held personal feelings of the appellants, there's nothing that this court can do to assist them," the judges wrote in their ruling, according to Bloomberg News. "Their remedy lies, if at all, in the legislative sphere."
The ruling went against three men trying to overturn the law, known as Section 377A, which prohibits sexual relations between men. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has accused the Milford School District in Connecticut of racism for banning a 7-year-old Nigerian-American girl from attending class on suspicion of Ebola, since she had traveled to Nigeria earlier this month. The school, which was sued by the father of the girl, argued that it acted in the best interest of its students and staff.
"Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans will not take this escalation of ignorance and racism regarding Ebola and Nigerian-Americans lying low," said Laolu Akande, executive director of CANAN, in a press release on Wednesday.
"We are appalled that a school headed by otherwise responsible educators can succumb to unsubstantiated medical fears and chose to respond with discrimination and denial of a young girl's right to education." more >>