The debate over religion and politicking has pitted clergy against clergy in the key battleground state of Ohio. In a highly unusual move, over 60 members of the clergy of a variety of Christian and Jewish denominations filed a complaint with the IRS accusing Pastor Russell Johnson and another pastor of improperly using their churches in political activities. More
Read an excerpt from HOW SHALL THEY PREACH? by Gardner C. Taylor.
Read an excerpt from Dr. Francis Collins' THE LANGUAGE OF GOD: A SCIENTIST PRESENTS EVIDENCE FOR BELIEF.
The debate between some scientists and some religionists over creation, evolution and, among other issues, stem cell research continues. Dr. Francis Collins, who led the massive effort to discover the human genetic code, sees no conflict between the fields. From the National Institutes of Health, Collins led an international team that deciphered most of the human genetic code by the year 2000.
Read an excerpt and view a gallery of pictures from “How the Other Half Worships” by Camilo Jose Vergara. More
Read an excerpt from LEAVING CHURCH: A MEMOIR OF FAITH by Barbara Brown Taylor
A government advisory committee recommended that 11- and 12-year-old girls be routinely vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. The vaccine is most effective when it’s administered to girls before they become sexually active. But with the potential for premarital sex involved, the recommendation has been caught between science, politics and religion. More
Read more of Bob Abernethy's April 5, 2006 interview with writer and preacher Frederick Buechner.
Frederick Buechner is an ordained Presbyterian minister, but has never pastored a church and rarely attends one. His ministry is his writing: 32 novels and memoirs so far, and some sermons, as a guest preacher, many of which are in a new book, SECRETS IN THE DARK. For many Christians he's a celebrity, but Buechner feels that seeking ordination is the worst possible career move for a writer.