NASHVILLE—A panel discussing homosexuality at the Southern-Baptist affiliated Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission created a stir on social media Monday night, after pastor J.D. Greear compared resisting gay marriage in the church to resisting slavery in the South in the 1860s.
"Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861," said Greear at the ERLC summit. "And back then, I'm sure the politically correct people were like, 'You're just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary, just preach the Gospel.'"
"Oh man. Southern Baptists comparing their fight against marriage equality to the abolition movement. So ironic," tweeted Christian writer Rachel Held Evans. more >>
People in North and South America who stayed up between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning were able to catch the best view of the "blood moon" lunar-eclipse. Those who missed it will have another opportunity in the near future.
"The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next ... is unusual," said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in L.A., which attracted thousands of onlookers, CNN reported. He said that the event, in which the moon adopts a "typical copper red," is rare and helps draw crowds.
"But it's not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn't really mean anything. It's a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon." more >>
A Christian blogger has argued that a recent study showing an inverse correlation between Internet access and faith, might be due to prevalence and accessibility to pornography.
In a report released last Friday, computer scientist Allen Downey of Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts found with the numbers of non-religiously affiliated Americans jumping from 8 to 18 percent from 1990 to 2010, the prevalence of Internet use has also increased from essentially zero to nearly 80 percent.
Downey's study suggested that increases in Internet use accounted for about 20 percent of the observed decrease in affiliation. more >>
A Chinese social media survey from the beginning of April suggests that there may be more online conversations about Christianity than Communism.
According to data from Foreign Policy taken from a Weibo search on April 3, God received over 150 million mentions, while Mao Zedong was only referenced around 10 million times. In a table created this week, the publication juxtaposes Christian terms with their Communist Chinese "counterparts," suggesting that the Bible may be more popular than politics.
According to its findings, Chinese Congregation received 40 million mentions to the Communist Party's roughly eight million and the Bible was included in posts 17 million times, compared to the less than 60,000 posts referencing former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's famous Little Red Book, featuring his sayings and beliefs. more >>
The Heart Bleed virus has been affecting millions of websites on the Internet for two years, but there are ways to protect yourself from the bug, according to reports.
Though users don't have much power over the Heart Bleed virus — website administrators and creators have to update their OpenSSL software — there are ways to defend important passwords on Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo! and other sites.
The Heart Bleed virus allows hackers to exploit a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software used by a majority of major websites to steal data like credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information. The first defense for Internet users, then, is to change your passwords to protect your information from being taken and abused. more >>