Amidst widespread cultural shifts on sexual norms that have impacted Christian churches and leaders, the Evangelical Theological Society has adopted four resolutions affirming biblical teaching on human sexuality.
The gathering, which works to advance Evangelical thought within Christian and religious scholarship, held its annual meeting this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the 67th annual meeting of the society was "Marriage and Family."
The resolutions were authored by Family Research Council's Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's associate professor of theology Owen Strachan, who chairs the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. more >>
Researchers should define Evangelicals by their beliefs, not by their political demographics, the church they attend or what they self-identify as, the National Association of Evangelicals, LifeWay Research and a group of sociologists, theologians and Evangelical leaders have determined.
After a two-year collaboration, NAE and the Christian research organization LifeWay Research have developed a standard definition for what it means to be an Evangelical.
Tired of numerous surveys and polls holding inconsistent definitions of what they consider to be Evangelicals, NAE announced Thursday that its board of directors adopted an "Evangelical beliefs research definition" at its Oct. 15 meeting in hopes it will lead to researchers using an accurate definition to define Evangelicals. more >>
Russian Orthodox Church Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev has called Islamic State militants "servants of Satan," in a call for Russia and France to unite in the battle against terrorism.
Metropolitan Hilarion, who is head of the department for external relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, wrote that IS terrorists "are servants of Satan, even if they use religious slogans to cover their monstrous crimes," Fides News Agency reported.
"Russia and France were allies during the last great war and defeated the Brown Plague (Nazism, ed) together. Now we must together oppose the plague of international terrorism for the sake of the future of our nations," he added. more >>
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, a Roman Catholic, invited atheist HBO host Bill Maher to come back to the faith during a recent interview, which stayed a humorous tone, but also touched on more serious issues.
The two comedians took jabs at each other over their different worldviews, with Maher beginning the discussion on religion by stating that he and Colbert are "very opposite," because the latter is married and is religious, referring to his Catholic faith.
Colbert affirmed that he "gives religion a shot," stating that "I suck as a Catholic," but insisted that doesn't mean he doesn't keep practicing the faith. more >>
A Synod of Presbyterian Church (USA) has canceled the debt of a predominantly African-American congregation based in New Jersey that has existed since the nineteenth century.
As part of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church's 175th anniversary celebration on Sunday, the Synod of the Northeast cleared the $175,000 debt the congregation owed on their facilities.
The Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen, leader of the Synod, explained to The Christian Post that the debt cancellation for the historic Princeton church was part of the PCUSA body's commitment to acting upon their beliefs in racial equality. more >>
For decades the United Methodist Church has debated its position on homosexuality, in arguments that have sometimes hinted at schism for the Mainline Protestant Denomination.
Every four years the global Church meets for General Conference, where issues including the UMC's stated opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage are debated.
Most notably, the UMC's Book of Discipline has declared since 1972 that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and it is this language many have demanded be removed. more >>