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The Idolatry of Patriotism

I am thankful to live in a country that acknowledges people have rights to “life,…

Only 10 Percent of Americans Hold Basic Christian Beliefs

Within the last decade, it’s been reported that 70 percent of Americans identify as Christians.…

Is There a Christian Case of Decriminalizing Marijuana?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran in April 2016. In the fall of 2015, nearly…

Meet the Atheist Making a Killing On a Bible App.

Trevor McKendrick did a little research and realized that, in all of the iTunes Store’s…

Pretend Atheist Pastor Comes Out as Actual Atheist

Back in January, we told you about the mission of Ryan Bell, a former pastor…

How Does R.C. Sproul Jr. Feel About Beards?

We at RELEVANT have not been shy about our feelings on beards, but “revolution on…

Ben Affleck VS Bill Maher: Our Worlds at War

Bill Maher is a talk show host who is famous for hating organized religion. Ben…

Satanists Handing Out Satanic Children’s Books or Something.

The Satanic Temple continues to mine the worst tricks from church subculture in what is…

Map Shows the Most Popular Religions (Other than Christianity) Around the Country

Using the most recent U.S. Religion Census data, The Washington Post has created these maps…

The RELEVANT Q+A With Jamie Tworkowski

Here’s our Q+A with To Write Love on Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski. Click here…

Pastafarianism Is Now an Actual Religion in Poland

For the unaware, Pastafarianism is a parody religion, invented to poke fun at other religions.…

American Atheists Have Started a Lawsuit Over the Ground Zero Cross

American Atheists—which may have the most self-descriptive name of any organization out there—has launched a…

CNN: 58% of Americans Believe Abortion Should Be Illegal In All or Most Circumstances

Interesting numbers coming out of a CNN poll, saying thirty-eight percent of Americans believe abortion…

CBN Censored Pat Robertson’s Claim About Gay People Intentionally Spreading AIDS

As you probably know, Pat Robertson says some wild stuff over on his show—so much…

A New Study Says Religious People Are Less Intelligent Than Atheists

Well, this ought to stir some debate. A study out of the University of Rochester…

Social Justice Leaders Are Heading to LA for Summit

This August, various social justice organizations that you know and love—or don’t know but would…

Why Do Atheists Like Video Games More Than Religious People Do?

A new study of 228 college students found that while just about everyone prefers video…

Burma Is Trying To Figure Out How to Make a Newspaper

The Atlantic Weekly has an interesting story about the curious plight of Burma, a country…

‘The Atlantic’ Can Add ‘Scientology Propaganda’ to Its Proud History of Journalistic Excellence

Advertising is famously tricky business. Plenty of magazines have run ads that don’t necessarily represent…

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Christians tend to get nervous when talk of interfaith dialogue comes up. But can such dialogue actually be a part of of fulfilling Christ’s command to be peacemakers?

How Should Christians Engage Politics?

Politics are complicated, controversial, divisive—we could go on. But Kurt Willems says Jesus’ approach was far more simpler, and far more surprising.

Archeologists Debating Jesus’ Relationship Status Again

Harvard Professor of Divinity Karen King has unearthed a fourth-century scrap of parchment that is…

Is “Loving Witness” an Oxymoron?

“How can you say you love people if you are constantly trying to convert them?” This objection crops up a lot when it comes to interfaith dialogue—and often, it’s Christians who pose the question. So, what do we do with it? Is it possible to authentically love a person and still desire to see them come to Christ, or does a commitment to evangelism automatically lead us to view other people as nothing more than projects?

Uh-Oh. Belief in Heaven Linked to Higher Crime Rates.

A study from Azim Shariff at the University of Oregon and Mijke Rhemtulla at the…

Loving the World in a Zero-Mile Journey

A mission trip leader realizes his trips are getting them nowhere—and decides to start loving the world from home.

How Much Love Does It Take to Make a Difference?

The sun did not sympathize with the winter season. What should have been alive was…

“This One Time, at Atheist Camp …”

A camp just north of Seattle is famous for being what might be the world’s…

The Beautiful Mess of Redemption

Sometimes we think we’ve figured out God’s plan for the messy work of our lives. Sometimes we know where the story’s headed. But then we hit a bend in the road we didn’t expect and we realize: We have no idea where God is in this mess. Our columnist Kristin Tennant invites us to grapple with the difficulty of redemption, healing, and wholeness—and what to do when we don’t know what God is doing.

How Blessed Are the Poor, Really?

The gritty reality of poverty can’t help but shake us up and ask, “Did Jesus really mean what He said when He told us, ‘Blessed are the poor?'” Adam and Chrissy Jeske explore this question from the vantage point of experience—their experience serving a small village in Nicaragua, where a local man named Rodolfo lost the one thing he had going for him.

Discussing the Ethics of Porn in a Post-Christian Culture

This term, I have the honor of teaching college-level speech and ethics at a local…

Committing—After the Adventure is Over

Fresh out of college, I wanted to change the world…But I was rudely disappointed. Instead, all I got were spreadsheets, trips to our Georgia headquarters, and a new, shiny, $500 Dell laptop. Hardly the adventure I expected…but then I realized the adventure is not the point.

Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Two broad schools of thought emerge in theological discourse concerning the question, “Can a person lose their salvation?” Our columnist Kurt Willems showcases both sides of the argument and seeks to lay a common ground.

Are Mission Trips an Equal Exchange?

Deconstructing the common post-missions-trip phrase, “We came to serve them, but they really served us.”

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

Why is there an obsession in popular culture and in certain sects of Christianity with the end of the world? Our columnist Kurt Willems tackles this question and also points us toward an understanding of apocalyptic references in Scripture.

The Irony of Our “Accessibility”

Columnist Will Anderson writes about a conversation he had with two homeless men that caused him to consider true accessibility versus the “accessibility” of social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Is the Loch Ness Monster Proof That Evolution is a Myth?

Christian schools in Louisiana are going to start using curriculum that teaches the Loch Ness…

Entitled Christian Syndrome

Today, as the church navigates the tricky waters of a transition from Christendom to post-Christendom, the way forward has more to do with humility than combative claims of superiority.

Threads of Hope

Nikole Lim of Freely in Hope writes about women around the world who have overcome difficult circumstances and still find threads of hope.

Compassion in the Everyday

Kate Wise writes about her work in the social justice field, and applying her passion for others even in a 9-to-5 job.

Who Are “the Bottom Billion”?

Tony Chen of Movement121, a social innovation company working to fight extreme poverty, writes about misconceptions concerning the “bottom billion.”