Morgan Freeman has circled the globe in a quest to examine how different cultures view God for his upcoming NatGeo docuseries "The Story of God," and says a visit to Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for the series made a positive impression on him.
"In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," Freeman told Page Six this week. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."
The 78-year-old Oscar winner is referring to his visit to Lakewood Church in early December of last year to explore the practices of Christian megachurches as research for the upcoming docuseries, which he hosts and executive produces. The fact that Freeman was "encouraged to think positive" during his visit coincides with the perennial uplifting themes of Osteen's messages. more >>
Larycia Hawkins, the former political science professor at Wheaton College who left the school after a controversy erupted from her suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, has been given a new position at The University of Virginia, where she will research race and religion.
"Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area," said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here."
WASHINGTON — Although mankind may be divided by location, language and culture, one common thread knits the races together: a belief in God.
That's the premise of the upcoming six-part NatGeo docu-series "The Story of God," hosted and produced in-part by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which attempts to shed light on how cultures around the world view the Divine.
Freeman says he had preconceived notions about the world's religions before beginning the documentary. more >>
Palestinian Muslims are part of an ongoing international effort to renovate the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which scholars believe is the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
The Associated Press said in a report on Tuesday that the team of Palestinian and international experts are leading the biggest restoration the historical church has received in close to 600 years. The restoration includes the removal of centuries of dust and structural repairs to windows and the rooftop, with workers being careful to preserve artwork and mosaics dating back to the Crusades. more >>
Wheaton College announced Wednesday that it will create a scholarship in the name of former political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who has agreed to forgo her tenure and leave the school after being suspended in December for asserting on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
At a press conference formally announcing a reconciliation agreement between the school and Hawkins in Chicago, Wheaton President Philip Ryken announced that the Illinois evangelical institution will honor Hawkins by establishing an endowed scholarship for peace and conflict studies in her name.
The scholarship will allow interns to pursue summer projects pertaining to peace and conflict studies. more >>
A faculty diversity committee at Wheaton College has concluded that embattled political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who is now facing disciplinary action for expressing solidarity with Muslims, has suffered discrimination "on the basis of race, gender, and to a lesser extent, marital status."
Hawkins, who is the school's first black female tenured professor, set off a national firestorm last December for declaring on Facebook: "as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God," following the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California. She also chose to wear a hijab in support of Muslims.
She has been on paid administrative leave since the controversy erupted at the Illinois college. While she has recevied support from some evangelicals she has been condemned by others, including high profile figures such as the Rev. Franklin Graham. more >>