‘The last time we had a communication shift this drastic was the printing press’


Jeff Baker, 36, was an ordained minister in the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec for nearly a decade. He kept his queer identity a secret while he was working as a Baptist pastor. He left a year before the pandemic. In July 2020, he and his spouse founded their own online church, Chosen Family … Read more

Three of the most mistranslated words in Scripture — according to TikTokers


(RNS) — Popular activities for this (mostly) vaccinated summer include: visiting heavily populated beaches, hanging out indoors with crowds of more than 50 and debating biblical Greek translations on the internet. On TikTok, more than 49 million users have viewed the hashtag #deconstruction — a buzzword chiefly among evangelicals and former evangelicals who are re-analyzing … Read more

Americans are as divided as ever, and religion is the wedge


(RNS) — Take a look at the demographic shifts in the Pew Research Center’s new study of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and you’d be forgiven for thinking that America has possibly turned the corner on political polarization. The survey, based on validated voting of thousands of members of Pew’s American Trends Panel, may … Read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci named 2021 Humanist of the Year


(RNS) — The American Humanist Association announced Thursday (July 1) that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is its 2021 Humanist of the Year. Fauci is chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1984. Fauci played … Read more

RNS News Quiz: Pastor scandals and televangelist lawsuits


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