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Astin called the movie "ballsy" for focusing on this demographic.FULL POST Opinion by Paul Burress, Special to CNN (CNN)– As I sat backstage, I could hear the sound of thousands cheering as they waited for me to enter the ring.Even after Prohibition ended, many evangelicals defined themselves by their abstention from alcohol, called “the beloved enemy” by televangelist Jack Van Impe.Drinking was, and in many cases still is, outlawed on Christian college campuses and among leadership of many churches and denominations. Taverns and beer halls, once dismissed as the domain of the “worldly” in need of reform, are today the meeting places for churches FULL POST By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor Follow @Burke CNN (CNN) - Amid the iconic art in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, Pope Francis told mothers that it's acceptable to breastfeed their children in public, even in holy sites like churches.MIT also studied the chemical composition of the papyrus and patterns of oxidation.
Francis, though, lives in the Vatican guesthouse, Casa Santa Marta, saying it better suits his low-key style.
FULL POST By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Follow @Burke CNN (CNN) - Facing sharp criticism for falling out of step with Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Atlanta has apologized for building a .2 million mansion on land bequeathed by the family of a famed Southern writer.
Atlanta's Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he approved construction of the 6,000-square-foot home after agreeing to leave the traditional archbishop's residence to make way for priests who serve the cathedral next door. "What we didn’t stop to consider, and that oversight rests with me and me alone, was that the world and the Church have changed," Gregory wrote Monday in the archdiocesan newspaper.
When I tell people I’m a pastor and a mixed martial arts fighter, I usually get some puzzled looks. De Bonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy.
“How can you preach the Word of God participate in such brutal activity? FULL POST Opinion by Candida Moss, special to CNN Follow @Candida Moss (CNN) - It’s that time of year again: the time when chocolate comes in pastels, cherry blossoms start to bloom and well-marketed religion exposés are released to the world. Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual “Easter was stolen from the pagans” refrain has sprouted again just in time for Holy Week. Perhaps most misinformed theory that rolls around the Internet this time of year is that Easter was originally a celebration of the ancient Near Eastern fertility goddess Ishtar.