The digital culture isn’t changing religion as much as it is reflecting offline shifts in Christian life, says a scholar of religion and media at Texas A&M University.
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The story of Ruth Bell Graham is not well-known. Although she embraced her role of “preacher's wife,” she also lived out a deeply personal Christian commitment, says a scholar who is writing her biography.
The marketing of brands has become so sophisticated that they can replace religious institutions by giving people a sense of community, identity and self-expression, says a consumer psychologist. This is a cautionary tale for Christian leaders seeking to grow the church.
Evangelicalism is bigger than many realize, containing a variety of beliefs and resources for reconciling Christianity with the 21st century. A UNC history professor offers a different way to define evangelicals.
Although it is commonplace today for Christians to create organizations that tackle social problems, that approach was an innovation in the American Protestant church, says one of the nation’s top church historians.
The narrative of decline in the mainline church underestimates the continuing influence of its members, says a religion researcher.
Recent studies confirm that Protestant values are no longer embedded in the culture, says the president of Fuller Theological Seminary. And that has profound implications for how we understand the church and its ministries.
As a brutal campaign season comes to an end, it’s important to recommit ourselves to do justice and to love kindness -- and perhaps to remember the good that government can do.