Hozier, an Irish singer with the hit song "Take Me to Church" that was performed at the Grammys on Sunday, recently spoke out against the Catholic Church in an interview with Vanity Fair.
The magazine asked Hozier about his recent hit that includes themes about sexuality and tolerance along with his frustration with the Catholic Church, and he unleashed some harsh criticism for the Church during the interview. He also said he wouldn't mind getting in trouble with the Vatican over his hit song.
"I would love to get in trouble with the Catholic Church. I'm not religious myself, but my issue is with the organization. It's an organization of men — it's not about faith. I don't want the song to be considered an attack against faith, but when you have people feeling ashamed of themselves because of sexual orientation, or put themselves at risk by people telling them what [not] to put on the end of their penis, well, you wouldn't tolerate that from a company or government," he said. more >>
A program aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation recently held a discussion as to whether or not major religious figures like Jesus Christ and the Buddha were from other planets.
In a religion-focused series titled "The Big Questions", host Nicky Campbell oversaw a discussion asking the query, "Have beings from other planets guided our religions?"
Dear Mr. Jenner,
You probably don't know who I am and certainly have no obligation to read on. Even so, I pray you will. As the great Olympic champion God gifted you to be, you were an inspiration to me as a boy and endured as such when I grew into adulthood and professional athletics. I hope you will serve to inspire many more generations of young people.
As it stands now, however, you instead appear poised to lead them astray. I implore you to reverse course. more >>
What is the greatest moral crisis in America today? Is it sexual anarchy? Abortion? Human trafficking? Substance abuse? Something else?
As serious as these issues are, I believe the greatest moral crisis in America is the lack of the consciousness of God, beginning in the Church. It is imperative that we recover the awareness of the awesomeness of God, and that means preaching and teaching on His holiness, His justice, and His judgment.
These are major themes of the New Testament, from Jesus to Paul to Peter to John, and we do well to return to those themes in our ministry of the Word. more >>
CNN will launch a new investigative series beginning March 1 about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" explores mysteries of the Bible by investigating science and archaeology in order to dispel myths and reaffirm facts about Christianity. The six-part series will closely assess poignant moments in history such as the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The first investigation takes a look at the Shroud of Turin which is believed by some experts to be the cloth used as Jesus' burial wrap after his crucifixion. Viewers will also see the exploration of notable Gospel characters including Mary Magdalene, Judas and John the Baptist. more >>
Just when you thought Rev. Danny Cortez would be busy avoiding controversy after he and his congregation were dismissed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 for adopting a "third way" affirming same-sex unions, he has landed himself in hot water again.
This time, dissension arose during an interview between the "third way" pastor and another gay-affirming minister who finds holes in Cortez's logic on sexuality, Scripture, and polyamory. The host of the interview is Rev. Jeff Hood, who describes himself as "a Southerner, Queer, and Christian, I am a committed activist, visionary writer and radical prophetic voice to a closed society."
At the beginning of the interview Hood simply asks whether or not Cortez believes the Bible makes room for polyamory. Cortez starts off firmly rejecting polyamory relationships saying, "I don't see polyamory spoken of positively at all in scripture. When polyamory is mentioned, it is not approved or valued." Hood presses on, at one point even insinuating Jesus and His twelve disciples engaged in a polyamorous relationship. Again, Cortez denies polyamory and the idea that Jesus engaged in sexual relationships with His disciples. more >>