Reporter : Julie Brown Patton
  • Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan: What Religion Does This Nobel Prize Winner Practice?

    Most Bob Dylan fans have found the singer and iconic songwriter's religious affiliation confusing through the years. Although Dylan was born Jewish, he later converted to Christianity. But given how Christian themes faded out of his music and he continued to practice certain Jewish customs, many wondered if he had left Christianity. However, his spiritual guide, Al Kasha, said Dylan never lost his faith in Christ. Dylan, 75, is the first American winner of the Nobel literature prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.
  • Willow Creek Care Center

    Evangelical Church Launches 'Love' Campaign To Counter Negative Election Rhetoric

    Congregants of a suburban Chicago megachurch initiated a "love" campaign to counter ugly presidential campaign rhetoric as well as concerning cultural developments. Pastor Steve Carter of the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., said the initiative also in response to racism and recent world events, including wars in the Middle East.
  • Jeremy Lin Brooklyn court

    Jeremy Lin Prays Out Loud For Brooklyn Nets, Social Justice, Cancer-Fighter Ava Lee

    Basketball athlete Jeremy Lin admitted he had an amazing summer, but that he'd been a little lax at his praying habits. So he recently committed to praying out loud for 30 minutes a day. "I'm thankful that my prayer life has taken a big jump forward. Prayer has become more natural, and I feel closer to God through prayer," he shared.
  • Mike Pence

    Mike Pence Asks Evangelicals at Liberty University to Forgive Donald Trump

    Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, asked evangelical Christians at Liberty University's Convocation on Wednesday to forgive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after Friday's release of a 2005 recording in which Trump is heard, in graphic terms, discussing women and his attempts to grope them. Some people took Trump's comments as proof of sexual assault because he referenced uninvited, random physical advances on women.
  • Will Wahl

    Teen Inserts Christian Faith, Bible Into CBS Reality Show 'Survivor'

    The youngest contestant in the history of CBS reality TV show "Survivor" brought a Bible with him into the competition, and aspires to be a pastor in real life. Will Wahl, 18, recently debuted on the show's new season premiere; he hails from Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, N.J. His fellow congregants are delighted he is using this national platform to bear witness to his faith.
  • Kaporos Ceremony

    Calif. Court Lifts Restraining Order on Jewish Synagogue Just Before Yom Kippur

    When a U.S. District Court judge Tuesday afternoon lifted a temporary restraining order issued against a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue in California, Chabad of Irvine, regarding a specific Yom Kippur ritual that involves kosher killings of chickens, representatives at religious freedom law firm, First Liberty Institute, said it was a victory for every person of faith in America. The judge's action came just in time for members to observe the high holiday beginning at sundown on Oct. 11.
  • Pope Francis with crowd outside Vatican

    Pope Francis Appoints Three US Moderates Among 17 New Cardinals

    Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals Sunday, and three of them were American conservatives, including Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin. Some people are taking the move as a sign the pontiff values pastors focused more on mercy than morals. Thirteen of the new cardinals, including all the Americans, are under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a future conclave to elect Francis' successor, the key job of a cardinal.
  • Ben Carson and Donald Trump

    Ben Carson Supports Donald Trump After Leaked 'Vulgar' Video, Condoleeza Rice Does Not

    Former 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is firmly standing by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after a leaked recording revealed this year's GOP nominee making vulgar comments about women in a 2005 recording. Trump, who was newly married to his wife Melania at the time, was heard saying he had tried to sleep with another married woman.
  • Ayesha Curry

    Ayesha Curry Mixes Christian Faith, Food While Honoring God with Husband Stephen Curry

    Cooking icon Ayesha Curry announced her new decision to use her public notoriety to be more vocal about her Christian faith, and lead by example. As author of recipe book and New York Times bestseller "The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well" Curry is using her food empire to show her priority to God. Although she said she knows this approach can bring her disrepute from people who are non-religious, the wife of Golden State Warriors basketball legend Stephen Curry asserts she is not afraid.
  • Black-Ish

    ABC’s Sitcom 'Black-Ish' Tackles Belief In God, Promotes Theological Respectability

    A recent episode of ABC's "Black-Ish" series, which was simply entitled "God," focused viewers on the confusion of the featured TV family's oldest daughter who refused to pray at the start of a family meal because she has growing doubt concerning the reality of God. For Zoey (played by Yara Shahidi), the suffering that overwhelms human experience challenges belief. "Can there really be a God in light of so much misery in the world?" she pondered.
  • Ryder Cup 2016

    Ryder Cup Crowd Unites for Stunning 'God Bless America,' Team USA Wins Trophy

    Breaking golf etiquette and history, this year's Ryder Cup crowd of 45,000-plus fans in Minnesota broke into a spirited, booming rendition of God Bless America at the first tee on Friday morning. Some attendees said it was unlike anything they've ever seen before at a golf tournament, and was louder than what's often heard at most sports stadiums. The crowd's magical spin worked, because for the first time since 1975, every U.S. player won at least one match. And for the first time since 2008, the Ryder Cup is staying in America.
  • Martin Bashir

    Religion BBC Spot Given to Martin Bashir, Known for Sarah Palin, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson Airings

    Journalist Martin Bashir is rejoining the world's oldest national broadcaster and public service organization British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as religion correspondent after many years in the United States. He first gained fame for a 1995 BBC interview with Wales Princess Diana in which she discussed the breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles. In 2003, his documentary "Living With Michael Jackson" aired on ABC to a huge audience. He takes over the post from Caroline Wyatt, who was a BBC journalist for 20-plus years.
  • Tel Lachish

    Bible Proof: Israeli Archaeologists Say King Hezekiah Did Destroy Idols

    Israeli archaeologists stated Friday they have evidence the biblical King Hezekiah indeed destroyed the high places and idols in Israel as described in the Bible, evidence that officials said highlights Israel's past connection to the local land and helps draw the country's boundaries. The Bible in II Kings 18:4 states Hezekiah, the twelfth king of Judea, "removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
  • Tullian Tchividjian

    'Celebrity Pastor,' Billy Graham's Grandson, Confesses How He Rebounded From Suicidal

    Tullian Tchividjian used to be a happily married man, noted author, traveling speaker and successful pastor of a large church that had a school and seminary. But it all came crashing down in 2015, and he admits he eventually became suicidal. Even this grandson of evangelist Billy Graham failed tests that humans face in this broken world, but he now shares bountiful examples of how God met him in his darkest places.
  • Blasphemy Day

    Atheists for 'Blasphemy Rights Day' Say Criticizing Religion Is Vital Part of Free Speech, Laws for All

    Members of an atheist group preparing to observe the upcoming International Blasphemy Rights Day on Friday, Sept. 30, said laws around the world that restrict or punish those who criticize religion take away the rights of atheists, Christians and other people, alike. Center for Inquiry members believe free speech is the foundation on which all other liberties rest. The group has held this annual blasphemy observation since 2009.
  • Al Capone

    Did Gangster Al Capone Have Faith In God? Rare Letter Reveals Surprises

    An intimate letter that Prohibition-era, Chicago gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz just sold at an auction in Massachusetts for $62,500. The three-page letter was addressed to Capone's son, Albert "Sonny" Capone, and ends with affectionate encouragement and one of many references to the family's Catholic faith.
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