We are witnessing the rise of a new kind of religious orientation. The nones.
Researchers now use the label "nones" to refer to the increasing number of people who identify as unaffiliated with religious establishments.
In fact, a new study released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found one-quarter (25%) of Americans identified as nones or unaffiliated. To offer some context, 21 percent of Americans are Catholics. more >>
Citing what it sees as the underserving of the religious community by the legal fraternity, Nelson Madden Black LLP, announced itself Tuesday as the first private New York-based law firm dedicated specifically to the legal representation of religious institutions and individuals.
"There are over 7,000 places of worship in New York City, and they need lawyers who understand their issues," co-founder Jonathan Nelson said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Religious organizations have been underserved by our profession. Meeting their needs is the calling of our firm."
The firm, led by partners Nelson, John Madden and Barry Black, who all come from different religious backgrounds, said the partners came together "with a common purpose to serve the legal needs of all faiths and faithful." more >>
While much in the international news today is dominated by the utter barbarity and heinousness in how the Islamic State tortures and executes its victims, a look back in history shows that it's possible the jihadis have taken pages from the torturous playbook of the authoritarian North Korean government.
On Monday, the Iraqi News reported that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) killed six of its own members who fled the battlefield in Iraq by crushing them to death with a bulldozer in the group's largest Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
This is not the first time that the terrorist group has crushed its victims to death under the weight of heavy machinery. In a video released last October, a Syrian soldier is shown being crushed to death underneath a battle tank. more >>
Islamic radicals from the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria have attacked and burned the villages of Kuburumbula and Boftari in the Chibok area, killing at least two Christians.
The terrorists burned down homes and vandalized shops and a local market in the same area where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014. The government is denying that anyone was killed.
"For the second week in a row, we are mourning the loss of Christians in Nigeria who were murdered by Boko Haram militants. This string of attacks has us deeply concerned for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Chibok area of Nigeria's northeast," International Christian Concern's Regional Manager, William Stark, said in a statement. more >>
While national statistics show a rising growth of unbelief among young people, millions of teenagers from across America and the world are gathering before school hours on Wednesday to cry out to God together in prayer for the annual "See You at the Pole" event.
The prayer initiative began as a grassroots movement in 1990 with 10 students praying at their school, but it has since grown into an international phenomenon, giving young people the opportunity to express their Christian faith and cry out to God, which is this year's theme.
Sadie Robertson, the reality TV star who's most famous for her appearances on A&E's "Duck Dynasty," said in comments to The Christian Post that the prayer event has "always meant something special to me." more >>
A 16-year-old Christian boy from Pakistan is facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years for allegedly liking a Facebook post deemed offensive to Muslims, which has also put his family in danger of being attacked.
The boy was charged with blasphemy for "liking" a supposedly sacrilegious picture of the Kaaba, a black cube-shaped structure located at Islam's holiest mosque in Mecca. His actions are said to have offended some of his Muslim friends, who alleged that the boy "had done a great injustice to us by badly hurting our religious feelings."
The Organization for Legal Aid, which is the Pakistani office of the European Centre for Law and Justice, said last week that the Christian boy's family was encouraged by police to leave their home, or else face the possibility of violent retaliation by radicals, which has happened in the past with blasphemy accusations. more >>