Faith & Religion
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Southern Baptists denounce Confederate flag

Religion | Delegates to the denomination’s annual convention urge members not to fly what many consider a racist symbol
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/15/16, 04:22 pm

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday calling on their 15.3 million members to stop displaying the Confederate flag.

SBC president Ronnie Floyd urged delegates to the denomination’s annual convention in St. Louis to think about the issue from a spiritual perspective.

“I believe the issue of racism is from Satan and his demonic forces of hell,” he said. “It is an assault on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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Polygamist communities appeal court-ordered federal intervention

Religion
by Molly Hulsey
Posted 6/03/16, 09:17 am

Doris Hanson with A Shield and Refuge Ministry—a Christian outreach for those leaving the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS)—remembers when one of her clients tried to flee a Colorado City, Ariz.–Hildale, Utah  polygamist community five years ago. Local police seized the woman, who was in her 20s, and drove her home, Hanson said. She ended up locked in a backyard trailer.

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An unlikely friendship with Christopher Hitchens

Q&A | Christian author and apologist Larry Taunton remembers his relationship with the well-known atheist
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 6/01/16, 10:50 am

Christian apologist Larry Taunton struck up an unlikely friendship with atheist Christopher Hitchens in the last years of Hitchens’ life. The public persona of Hitchens was one of combative animosity toward Christianity and many Christians. Taunton debated Hitchens, studied scripture with him, and even went on two road trips with him. Taunton’s new book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist, is a moving account of their friendship.

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