Is 10 Commandments Debate Now Bigger Than Abortion?

A compilation of recent media stories about Christians and Christianity

10 Commandments now more important agenda item for Christian groups than abortion

So claims a professor of religious studies at Washington University. Meanwhile, reports the Associated Press, 10 Commandments merchandise is flying out of Christian bookstores Christian music industry picks up the pace

While the music sales in general increased 6.1 percent last year, Christian and gospel music nearly doubled that rate, growing by 11.7 percent. Christian retailers saw a 19.7 percent jump in their music sales. Is the growth because of more "preaching to the choir" or more crossover artists like Sixpence None the Richer? The Tennessean says it's both.

"There is nothing sinister" about Baptist evangelism or prayer guides, says David Gushee

We "are doing … what we have always done," says the Christianity Today regular and Union University professor.

Putin wants Christianity to "support the spiritual and moral revival of the Fatherland."

Financial Times reports that Russia's new leader, once responsible for suppressing religion under Communism, will both emphasize freedom of conscience and believes the Russian Orthodox Church will "help mould a new sense of Russian nationhood." But what does he believe about Russia's 1997 law restricting sects?

Australia's acting prime minister tries to settle church job placement debate

"The agencies, having won a tender, ought not discriminate in any way shape or form in the case of these people they are seeking to employ, that is a critical issue here," says John Anderson. But he adds that churches can seek employees who share values. For more on the controversy, see this Financial Times story.

Egypt will offer compensation to victims of last week's Christian-Muslim violence

Meanwhile, search continues ...

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