What is the moral status of sex outside of marriage?

ANNE ASKS: Do we have to get married to have sex? What does the Bible teach? THE GUY ANSWERS: The questioner lives outside the United States, reminding us this affects all devout Christians and Jews (also adherents of Islam and other non-biblical faiths) coping with the “new morality” promoted in entertainment media and western society [Read More...]

Define ‘practicing Catholic;’ report the Virginia options

Surely it will come as little surprise to faithful readers of this hear blog to learn that your GetReligionistas are not fond of the term “devout Catholic,” a foggy, meaningless label that is used way too often in mainstream news reports. Several years ago, when writing about one rather extreme case (I’m not joking!) of [Read More...]

Universalism at play? Or is this church split only about sex?

The Dallas Morning News — which dropped its paywall Oct. 1 — had an interesting story this week on a mainline Presbyterian church split. This is a big one, folks: Members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church voted overwhelmingly Sunday to disassociate with its national body to join a more conservative denomination. With a vote of 1,337 to [Read More...]

Detroit paper ducks Bible when female Baptist bishop quits

I haven’t been around that many Baptists of late, but one of the first things that struck me in The Detroit Free Press story about Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams and her departure from the pastorate of Zion Progress Baptist Church was that “bishop” title. The leaders of free-church congregations, Baptists included, are free to call [Read More...]

A Pope Francis story, from the other side of the notebook

Like many GetReligion readers, I was somewhat rattled by that recent Washington Post story about the mainstream press and its love affair with what it thinks Pope Francis is saying about the doctrines of the Catholic church. Wait a minute. That’s not what the story was about. It was about the state of conservative Catholic [Read More...]

Moore of the same, but still a worthy effort

I had a sense of deja vu this week as I clicked on a 2,000-word Wall Street Journal profile of Russell Moore: For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a “radical homosexual agenda” and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. His successor, [Read More...]

Yet another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story

Over the weekend, I did a post titled “Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story.” I complained, not for the first time, that The Associated Press seems to have decided that stories about same-sex marriage need to include only one side: the side excited about same-sex marriage. My post prompted this comment from a gay-rights advocate [Read More...]

Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story

Case closed. The Associated Press has decided, apparently, that stories need to include only side. Stories about same-sex marriage, that is. Earlier this month, I highlighted a doozy of an AP puff piece out of Salt Lake City on some Mormons challenging their church’s stance on homosexuality. Now comes another AP puff piece — this one [Read More...]


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