Controversial author and religious scholar Reza Aslan has said in an interview that he believes "anti-Muslim fervor" is rising in America due to media portrayals of the ongoing war on terror, but at the same time admitted that if ISIS calls itself Muslim, it should be taken seriously.
"I do think we need to resist saying ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, or that violence in the name of religion has nothing to do with religion," Aslan told "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart. "Well, of course it has to do with religion."
Aslan added: "If ISIS calls itself Muslim, we should probably take them seriously. Fine. They are Muslims." more >>
The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out.
The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent.
(Note: the report found that the evangelical Protestant tradition, to which Moore belongs, did not see the same decline as Christians as a whole. The number of Evangelicals likely grew overall and declined by about 1 percentage point as a share of the population, which is within the 1.3 percentage point margin of error for Evangelicals in the sample.) more >>
It's hard to be bold and courageous on tough issues while also exemplifying meekness and love. In fact, some say it can't be done.
This past week, the Christian-right has found itself divided in regards to the Garland, Texas cartoon contest sponsored by Pamela Geller.
Should we insult all Muslims for the sake of making a point? Is it better to turn the other cheek and kill them with kindness as the old adage advises? This is a tough scenario to decipher. more >>
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has admitted that although in general he doesn't "despise individuals" and only their views, Young-Earth Creationists pass his "limits" on the issue. He also argued that humans are really African apes, and are descendants from ancestors that can be called "monkeys."
"I said I'd never despise individuals, just their views. But there are limits, and YE Creationists who refuse to look at evidence pass mine," Dawkins wrote on Thursday on Twitter.
The God Delusion author has spoken out many times against Creationism, or a literal interpretation of the Genesis story in the Bible. Young Earth Creationists, in particular, believe the Earth is not billions, but only several thousands of years old. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star and outspoken Christian Willie Robertson said he believes Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal should run for president in 2016.
"He's a great man. He's a Godly man," said Robertson in an interview with Fox Talk Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" Monday. "He's honest, and so I'd like to see if he makes a run at it. And, you know, if so, we'll definitely be trying to help him out."
Robertson, who made a name for himself as a Christian reality TV star on the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," considers Jindal a good friend and recognized him for being the first Indian-American governor in the U.S. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham accused atheist groups of "showing their intolerance for anything — or anyone" Christian, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to a high school in Georgia claiming that the school's decision to invite a Creationist speaker to talk to students is "unconstitutional."
"Christians are not second-class citizens barred from participating in society or from speaking in the public sphere. In no way is having a Christian give a lecture on critical thinking a violation of the First Amendment. If FFRF wants to claim that Christians can't speak on critical thinking, then neither can they," Ham argued in a blog post.
Troup County Comprehensive High School in LaGrange invited in late March Eric Hovind, the president of the Florida-based ministry Creation Today, to a debate class. According to Christian News Network, Hovind has said that he did not talk about his faith or creation during the class, but participated in a general discussion on critical thinking. more >>