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Moral Outrage in America Is Now for Everybody

Gallup finds record-high liberalism on 10 of 19 issues. Yet moderates and liberals are growing more concerned.

Ask Americans about their personal views on moral issues, and they are more likely than ever to hold a liberal position. Ask them about the country’s moral values, and they’re becoming more and more pessimistic.

The church today finds itself in a precarious position, ...

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Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most

Churches may be emphasizing the wrong selling point of the gospel, suggests LifeWay.

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience.

They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet ...

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You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem

DC summit rallies victims and advocates from 130 nations, including Vice President Pence.
You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem
Image: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Franklin Graham condemned the “Christian genocide” that’s killing “over 100,000 a year because of their faith in Christ” at a Washington, D.C., gathering of 600 persecuted believers and their advocates from 130 countries.

“I am sure the number ...

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Trump to Liberty Grads: Outsiders Change the World

Most white evangelicals are happy with the leader Jerry Falwell Jr. calls their ‘dream president.’
Trump to Liberty Grads: Outsiders Change the World
Image: Drew Angerer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Update (May 13): President Donald Trump told a roaring crowd at Liberty University’s commencement to follow their Christian convictions, even when it means feeling like an outsider or taking a stand against the establishment.

“Being an outsider is fine. Embrace the ...

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Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe

In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity.
Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe
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“Believing and belonging, without behaving.”

This is how the Pew Research Center summarizes the surge of Christianity in Europe around the fallen Iron Curtain roughly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“The comeback of religion in a region once ...

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Many Practicing Christians Agree with Marxism (and Other Competing Worldviews)

Barna also examines the influence of postmodernism, secularism, and ‘new spirituality’ in the pews.

They identify as Christians, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives. Barna Group calls them “practicing Christians.”

But according to a new report by Barna and Summit Ministries, in addition to their Christian beliefs, ...

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Moral Law: Americans Agree on More Morality, Disagree on Method

Survey examines attitudes on where morals come from and how to bolster behavior.

When it comes to morality, evangelicals and religious “nones” overwhelmingly agree on one thing: it’s declining.

One factor: Too many laws regulating moral behavior have been removed, according to 7 in 10 Americans with evangelical beliefs. Yet 6 in 10 believe ...

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Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy

Indonesian court gives Ahok harsher sentence than prosecutors requested.
Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy
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Indonesia’s top Christian politician has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors had recommended a light suspended sentence for Jakarta governor Basuki Purnama (popularly known as Ahok) after blasphemy charges led to his failed bid ...

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The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017

Two surveys examine who studies Scripture, who doesn't, and why.

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

Pew finds that Christians actually don’t lose their faith in college.

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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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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The Hottest Thing at Church Is Not Your Pastor or Worship Leader

According to Gallup, it’s the sermon.

Despite a new wave of contemporary church buzzwords like relational, relevant, and intentional, people who show up on Sundays are looking for the same thing that has long anchored most services: preaching centered on the Bible.

“Sermons that teach about Scripture” ...

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Adultery in 2017: Christians Rank What Counts as Cheating

Survey finds evangelicals are more accepting of politicians' unfaithfulness, but disapprove of flirty texting.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley went far beyond what most Americans—including his evangelical supporters—consider cheating, according to a new survey.

Bentley resigned Monday amid an investigation into administration-wide efforts to cover up his ongoing affair with ...

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Just Give Me Jesus: A Closer Look at Christians Who Don't Go to Church

Barna examines the ranks of 'spiritual but not religious' Americans.

When you ask someone about their faith, expect to hear a qualifier.

Of course, there’s “spiritual but not religious,” a category that 11 percent of Americans now fall into, according to Barna Group research. (The figure could be at least double that if applied ...

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Counting the Cost: DR Congo Demonstrates Difficulty of Measuring Martyrdom

(UPDATED) How to classify Christian deaths in DRC is crux of persecution debate.
Counting the Cost: DR Congo Demonstrates Difficulty of Measuring Martyrdom
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Why do calculations of Christians killed for their faith worldwide each year range from 1,000 to 100,000? The reason largely comes down to one country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Researchers disagree on what to do with the approximately 4 million people who died ...

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