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Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Discourage Display of Confederate Flag at Member Churches 

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination, voted on Tuesday to discourage the display of the Confederate battle flag. The decision comes after an annual meeting held this year in St. Louis, where, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, leaders held candid discussions about race and the…

What a Series of Cosmic Evangelical Thrillers Tells Us About Money in America

The sixteen-novel Left Behind series of evangelical thrillers is at least as influential a text in the annals of latter-day prophecy belief as the Book of Revelation. Which, of course, happens to furnish source material for the series’ intensively literalist accounting of the rapture, the tribulation, and the final…

Mormon Church Condemns Sexual Assault at BYU as University Seeks Community Feedback 

Yesterday, leaders of the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints) finally responded to the sexual assault and rape allegations that have haunted its flagship university, Brigham Young, for the past month. In a statement, LDS leaders wrote that the Church has, “no tolerance for sexual assault at BYU or…

Woman Sues Scientology, Claims They Forced Her to Have an Abortion When She Was 17

A woman is suing the Church of Scientology, claiming the organization forced to have an abortion when she just 17 years old. Laura DeCrescenzo says she signed one of the organization’s notorious“billion-year contracts” in 1991, when she was 12 years old. She alleges she was forced to abort while part of the “Sea Org,”…

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Meet the Shock-Jock Theologian Offering Grace to a Small Town's Abusers, Forgiveness to the Abused

Doug Wilson is trying to save civilization. The pastor at Christ Church Moscow, a college town on Idaho’s border with Washington, doesn’t think things are going very well in America these days. He wouldn’t mind a return to Old Testament law, as he wrote in his book Fidelity: How to Be a One-Woman Man: “[W]hen we are…