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Trump Continues Contraceptive Fight; Sanders Defends Pro-Life Democrats

The political lines on abortion blurred (a bit) this week.

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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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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Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College

(UPDATED) Ecclesia president accused of kickback scheme with Arkansas lawmakers. His board and family contend he's innocent.
Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College
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The brother of singer-songwriter Twila Paris was indicted this month by an Arkansas grand jury for bribery.

Court documents allege that Oren Paris III traded money to state lawmakers in exchange for grants to Ecclesia College, where he is president.

Paris has said he is innocent, ...

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Religious Freedom Defender Neil Gorsuch

Scholarly Denver judge who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby would fill Scalia's seat as the court's only Protestant.
Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Religious Freedom Defender Neil Gorsuch
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President Donald Trump named Neil Gorsuch, a conservative, Ivy League-educated federal judge known for his way with words and defenses of religious freedom, as his Supreme Court nominee during a live broadcast Tuesday night.

A favorite pick among Christian conservatives, Gorsuch ...

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Trump Stacks Prayer Service Lineup with Evangelicals

Southern Baptists, Graham granddaughter to pray at Saturday’s National Cathedral event.

Donald Trump has tapped a record number of evangelical leaders to participate in the interfaith prayer service held at the Washington National Cathedral the day after his inauguration.

The National Prayer Service, hosted at the Episcopal cathedral Saturday morning, will feature ...

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The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016

The bigger story behind Jen Hatmaker, visiting Ken Ham's giant ark, and Andy Stanley's 'stinkin selfish' parents comment.
The Top 20 Christianity Today Articles of 2016

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2016?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking this past year.

(Note: This list is a politics-free zone. For CT’s top election stories, click here.)

​20. What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's ...

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CT's 2016 Cover Stories, Ranked

Here are the Top 10 features that readers read most.
CT's 2016 Cover Stories, Ranked

Yes, we only publish 10 cover stories per year. But we’re proud of all of them!

Here are CT’s 2016 print features, ranked in order of which ones our online readers read most.

10. 11 Portraits of Charleston Survivors' Grief and Grace CT sent a reporter and a photographer ...

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The Top 20 CT News Blogs of 2016

Lecrae joins Beyoncé, Iran frees Saeed Abedini, and LifeWay drops Jen Hatmaker.
The Top 20 CT News Blogs of 2016

Here are CT’s most-read news blogs that kept readers clicking this past year:

20. Lecrae Makes a Major Career Move to Join Beyoncé, Adele, Pharrell
Evangelicals’ favorite rapper signs with one of America's most popular music labels.

19. Only One-Third ...

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CT’s Top 10 Election Articles of 2016

Here's our political news, analysis, and opinions that readers read most.
CT’s Top 10 Election Articles of 2016

Here are the Election 2016 stories that CT readers read most:

10. The Theology of Ted Cruz
Questions raised by the candidate’s God-and-country vision.

9. Sho Baraka: Why I Can’t Vote for Either Trump or Clinton Both candidates fail to address the heart concerns of ...

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Global Evangelical Leaders: Trump’s Win Will Harm the Church’s Witness

Conference call explores election consequences on evangelicals overseas.
Global Evangelical Leaders: Trump’s Win Will Harm the Church’s Witness
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Some evangelical leaders around the globe worry that the recent US presidential election has damaged Christian moral witness, and will fuel discord abroad.

In a conference call Tuesday, a week after Donald Trump’s win, more than 70 ministry presidents, pastors, and scholars ...

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Trump Ends Evangelicals and Catholics Together

This election, many of evangelicals’ GOP allies across the Tiber are leaving for Clinton.
Trump Ends Evangelicals and Catholics Together
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During an interview last night on the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Donald Trump said, “Why would an evangelical or a Catholic—almost you could say anybody of faith, but in particular evangelicals and Catholics—how could they vote for Hillary ...

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Why Trump Tape Caused Only One Evangelical Leader to Abandon Him

(UPDATED) James MacDonald denounces Trump’s ‘misogynistic trash.’

[Updated with James MacDonald reaction]

Two days after The Washington Post released a video of Donald Trump candidly bragging about his aggressive groping and kissing of women, there has been little public movement among his leading evangelical supporters and detractors.

While ...

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What Americans Think of What Evangelicals Think of Religious Liberty

How both sides of the debates over same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom access, and employer-provided contraception feel about each other.

On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided.

Though most Americans believe employers should be required to supply birth control in their health insurance plans, they are split down ...

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Sorry, Trump: 3 in 4 Evangelicals Don't Want Pastors Endorsing Politicians from Pulpits

However, survey finds they also don't want pastors who do campaign to be punished.

Since the 1950s, the IRS has banned preachers from endorsing candidates during church services. Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate the ban, calling it his “greatest contribution to Christianity” if he is elected president.

However, most Americans—including ...

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Pew: More Sermons Endorse Clinton

Fewer pastors are politically engaged this election; fewer still are speaking for Trump from the pulpit.

The candidate behind the biggest Republican push to allow pastors to back politicians from the pulpit has received fewer sermon endorsements than his presidential opponent, who favors the current ban.

According to a new Pew Research survey, 1 percent of churchgoers said their ...

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