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Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think

Can more Bible reading make the presidential election more civil if Trump’s favorite verse is ‘an eye for an eye?’
Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think
Jose Luis Magana / AP

Starting Sunday, the entire Bible will be read aloud in 90 hours on Capitol Hill. Hundreds will make their way to the 27th annual reading at the US Capitol, where 100 English and foreign language versions of the Bible will be available.

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson ...

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The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors

Why your pastors can't save themselves.
The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors
Andrei Korzhyts / Shutterstock

Almost one-third of American pastors (29%) have no money in personal savings.

Another third (33%) have less than $10,000 put away for retirement. And half make less than the national median household income of $51,939.

Yet most say they are satisfied with their salaries.

That’s ...

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Only One-Third of Pastors Share 'Left Behind' End Times Theology

Here's how 1,000 Protestant clergy disagree on the rapture, the Antichrist, and other points of eschatology.
Only One-Third of Pastors Share 'Left Behind' End Times Theology
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Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse.

A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half ...

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Christians Say Predatory Payday Loans Are Sinful

Here's how many US believers use such loans, and what they think the maximum interest should be.
Christians Say Predatory Payday Loans Are Sinful
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Self-identified Christians in 30 states—from Alabama to Wyoming—say it’s a sin to lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back.

Most want the government to protect consumers from loans with excessive interest, although one in six Christians has ...

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The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Move over, 'Fun Home.' More people asked American schools and libraries to remove Scripture last year.
The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books
San Jose Library / Flickr

Last year, the American Library Association (ALA) fielded 275 formal challenges to materials in schools and libraries—a record low.

Making the top 10 list of challenges for the first time: the Bible.

The reason: “religious viewpoint.”

But the ideological grounds ...

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Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low

Most of the decline comes from three countries.
Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low
John Manuel Sommerfeld / Flickr

In 2004, Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign countries—an all-time high.

Twelve years later, that number has dropped to 5,648 children—the lowest level in 35 years, according to recently released statistics from the US State Department on fiscal year 2015 ...

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More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It

Survey suggests tone matters when advocating for religious liberty.
More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It
Phil Roeder / Flickr

A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that Christians face growing intolerance in the United States.

They also say American Christians complain too much. In agreement: two out of five evangelicals, both when measured by beliefs and by self-identity. ...

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Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals

New Pew survey finds big differences in political views and religious practices.
Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals
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In 1949, the state of Israel was formed to be a haven for the world’s decimated and traumatized Jewish population after World War II. Ever since, American Christians have largely supported the modern-day Zion; in 2013, 82 percent of white evangelicals believed that God ...

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8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday

Leaders seem to have little influence on voters. Church attendance might have much more.
8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Why are many self-identified evangelicals selecting Donald Trump as their presidential candidate of choice?

Some, like Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr., have revealed their reasons. But for the overall “evangelical vote,” the only clear trend is that it’s ...

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Churches Are Twice as Likely to Fear Refugees as to Help Them

Survey studies how American Protestants are engaging the refugee crisis, and why many are not.
Churches Are Twice as Likely to Fear Refugees as to Help Them
Steve Jeter / World Vision

When it comes to helping refugees, Protestant churches and their pastors are often separated by faith and fear.

Most pastors say Christians should lend a hand to refugees and foreigners, and most believe caring for refugees is a privilege.

But pastors also say their churches are ...

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What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas

(UPDATED) Here's the final tally of the top 100 choices of 2016, plus charts on how Lenten abstinence has changed over time.
What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas
Dick Thomas Johnson, Pabak Sarkar, KT King, Joshua Rappeneker / Flickr

Jesus instructed his followers to pray and fast in secret. Someone must have told Twitter.

Last year, more than 400,000 people tweeted what they were giving up during the week of Ash Wednesday. The top five choices: school, chocolate, Twitter itself, alcohol, and social ...

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Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game

Surveys suggest Christians believe much more prosperity gospel than Calvinism is at play.
Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game
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American Christians apparently aren't Calvinists when it comes to football.

Approximately 4 in 5 US evangelicals believe God doesn’t "determine" who wins and loses the Super Bowl. In fact, most think God doesn’t even care, according to a new survey. ...

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Most Pastors Aren't Voting Trump as Primaries Approach

(UPDATED) In Iowa, evangelicals split caucus votes mostly between Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.
Most Pastors Aren't Voting Trump as Primaries Approach
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[Editor’s note: CT has also examined how evangelicals are divided on presidential picks and how many still want a religious president.]

Ted Cruz is the favorite presidential candidate of pastors who lean Republican. Hillary Clinton leads among pastors who lean Democratic. ...

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As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President

(UPDATED) However, survey also finds Trump is one of few candidates who doesn't have to be religious to be deemed great.
As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President
Kevin Manguiob/Liberty University

Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors ...

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Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn

More than half have wrestled with it, but less than 1 percent recommend telling their congregation.
Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn
Barna Group

Most pastors have struggled with porn.

That’s according to an online study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors by the Barna Group. The study included 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors, and was commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru for an April ...

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