Is America a Christian Nation? Were the founding fathers Christian and was their original intent to found America on the teachings of Christ?
Chris Pinto, founder of Christian film company Adullam Films, rejects the notion of a Christian nation. In the recently released film, The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers, Pinto uses history to show the founding fathers were religious skeptics and often critical of the Bible.
Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, called the book of Revelations “the ravings of a maniac.” “Rights of Man” author Thomas Paine was also prone to penning anti-Christian writings. Scientist and early politician Benjamin Franklin was a member of English occult group The Hell Fire Club, notable for performing satanic rituals. more >>
Halloween is upon us once again and, like the year before, remains to be a date that Christians approach differently – especially as it falls this year on a Sunday, the Day of Sabbath.
While some believers refuse to participate in the annual ritual due to its pagan roots and focus on darkness and evil, others not only take part but host special events as a way to reach out to members of their community and to open new opportunities to share the gospel.
Bethel Church in Modesto, Calif., for example, will be holding a “Trunk or Treat” event Sunday night, during which cars will be decorated and filled with treats and other goodies that youth can pick up as they go from car to car. more >>
Some questions we ask today would simply baffle our ancestors. When Christians ask whether believers should practice yoga, they are asking a question that betrays the strangeness of our current cultural moment - a time in which yoga seems almost mainstream in America.
It was not always so. No one tells the story of yoga in America better than Stefanie Syman, whose recent book, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, is a masterpiece of cultural history. Syman, an engaging author who is also a fifteen-year devotee of yoga, tells this story well.
Her book actually opens with a scene from this year’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama made a few comments and then introduced First Lady Michelle Obama, who said: “Our goal today is just to have fun. We want to focus on activity, healthy eating. We’ve got yoga, we’ve got dancing, we’ve got storytelling, we’ve got Easter-egg decorating.” more >>
The images streaming in from Haiti look like scenes from Dante's Inferno. The scale of the calamity is unprecedented. In many ways, Haiti has almost ceased to exist.
The earthquake that will forever change that nation came as subterranean plates shifted about six miles under the surface of the earth, along a fault line that had threatened trouble for centuries. But no one saw a quake of this magnitude coming. The 7.0 quake came like a nightmare, with the city of Port-au-Prince crumbling, entire villages collapsing, bodies flying in the air and crushed under mountains of debris. Orphanages, churches, markets, homes, and government buildings all collapsed. Civil government has virtually ceased to function. Without power, communication has been cut off and rescue efforts are seriously hampered. Bodies are piling up, hope is running out, and help, though on the way, will not arrive in time for many victims.
Even as boots are finally hitting the ground and relief efforts are reaching the island, estimates of the death toll range as high as 500,000. Given the mountainous terrain and densely populated villages that had been hanging along the fault line, entire villages may have disappeared. The Western Hemisphere's most impoverished nation has experienced a catastrophe that appears almost apocalyptic. more >>
Controversial charismatic Pat Robertson has put his foot in his mouth with yet another post-disaster remark – this time regarding the hard-hit country of Haiti.
While hosting “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network Wednesday, Robertson said the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck Haiti a day earlier was the consequence of the curse that had befallen the country’s people after its founding fathers made a “pact to the Devil” in exchange for Haiti’s independence from France.
“[E]ver since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor,” Robertson said. more >>
The latest installment in the vampire movie series “Twilight” is a “deviant moral vacuum,” according to the Vatican.
In “New Moon,” British actor Robert Pattinson returns as the blood-sucking vampire Edward Cullence, whose personal relationship with human teenager Bella Swan has captivated young adults around the world.
As of this month, the novel series has sold over 85 million copies worldwide. The latest movie adaptation, meanwhile, has already broken box office records as the highest single-day earner after pulling in $62.2 million on its opening day. more >>