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For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

USCIRF annual report expands countries of particular concern.
For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom
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Russia’s ongoing crackdown on religious minorities, foreign missionaries, and evangelists has earned it a spot among the worst countries in the world for religious freedom.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which flags religious freedom violators ...

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| Research

The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017

Two surveys examine who studies Scripture, who doesn't, and why.
The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017
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For the most part, Americans have positive things to say about the Bible. More than half call it a good source of morals (52%). About a third say it’s helpful (37%), true (36%), and life-changing (35%), according to a new LifeWay Research survey.

Even more told the American ...

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| Church and State

Trump Continues Contraceptive Fight; Sanders Defends Pro-Life Democrats

The political lines on abortion blurred (a bit) this week.
Trump Continues Contraceptive Fight; Sanders Defends Pro-Life Democrats
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Evangelical institutions suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate expected that their legal battle would end when President Donald Trump took office.

As of this week, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.

Despite Trump ...

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| Research

Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious

Pew finds that Christians actually don’t lose their faith in college.
Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious
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To the fathers of secularization theory, it was obvious. Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx theorized that the more advanced and educated a society became, the less it would need that “opium of the masses”: religion.

Not among US Christians, according to a new ...

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| People; Theology

Templeton Prize Winner: Alvin Plantinga, Who Proved God’s Not Dead in Academia

Christian philosopher honored with $1.4 million award for reshaping theism.
Templeton Prize Winner: Alvin Plantinga, Who Proved God’s Not Dead in Academia
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The man who brought belief in God back into the study of philosophy, Alvin Plantinga, has received the 2017 Templeton Prize.

The 84-year-old Christian philosopher is the latest in a line of dozens of laureates honored for their spiritual contributions to the world, including ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Blasphemy Blocks Re-Election of Indonesia’s Top Christian Politician

But after losing Jakarta race, Ahok finds some favor in court.
Blasphemy Blocks Re-Election of Indonesia’s Top Christian Politician
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The blasphemy charges that cost Indonesia’s top Christian politician his re-election race won’t send him to jail.

Just a day after Basuki Purnama—popularly known as Ahok—conceded the runoff for governor of Jakarta, prosecutors recommended a light sentence ...

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Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists

High court ruling puts pacifist faith in same category as terrorists.
Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists
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It’s official. Jehovah’s Witnesses can no longer practice their faith freely in Russia, where the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the pacifist religious organization an “extremist group” and banned all of its activity.

The judge ordered all 395 local ...

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| International; Religious Freedom; Research

Here’s the Million-Dollar Answer to How Persecuted Christians Persevere

Under Caesar’s Sword researchers release final analysis of 25 countries.
Here’s the Million-Dollar Answer to How Persecuted Christians Persevere
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When faced with persecution, Christians worldwide employ more strategies than just fight or flight.

Today at a DC symposium, 17 researchers released the final version of a $1.1 million study exploring how Christians respond to persecution in 25 of the hardest places for them ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

ISIS Attacks Major Christian Monastery in Egypt

Security stops Sinai assault on St. Catherine and its biblical library, but symbolism matters more.
ISIS Attacks Major Christian Monastery in Egypt
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Two weeks after killing 47 Egyptians in twin church bombings on Palm Sunday, the Islamic State claimed a fresh attack on the ancient monastery of St. Catherine on the southern Sinai peninsula.

One policeman was killed and four injured during an exchange of gunfire at a checkpoint ...

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| Church and State

Neil Gorsuch’s First Religious Liberty Case Is a Playground Fight

Evangelicals eye how new Supreme Court justice will impact this term’s only remaining church-state case.
Neil Gorsuch’s First Religious Liberty Case Is a Playground Fight
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The US Supreme Court waited for Neil Gorsuch before hearing its biggest church-state case of the year.

Now, for the sake of Christian schools across the country, American evangelicals are hoping the new justice will continue his pattern of siding with religious groups’ ...

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