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August 27th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Need to read the whole Bible? Twitter can help

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

When I saw the recent Belief Blog post on “Tweeting the Bible, one chapter at a time,” I thought it was about my friend Jana Riess, who has been tweeting the Bible for close to a year now.

The post was actually about a relative newcomer to the scripture tweeting game: Chris Juby of the UK, who started his project (@biblesummary) earlier this month.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity

August 27th, 2010
03:44 PM ET

American freed from North Korea thought to be a Christian activist

Check out this line in CNN's story about North Korea freeing Aijalon Mahli Gomes, the U.S. citizen who'd been sentenced to eight years of hard labor for crossing into the country from China:

Gomes is believed to be a Christian activist.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Asia • Christianity • North Korea

The last patriarch?
August 27th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

The last Orthodox patriarch in Turkey?

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the living embodiment of an ancient tradition. From his historic base in Istanbul, Turkey, the 270th Patriarch of Constantinople claims to be the direct successor of the Apostle Andrew.

Today he's considered "first among equals" in the leadership of the Greek Orthodox church, and is the spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians around the world. But few of them are in his own home country.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Greek Orthodox Church

August 27th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians

If you're the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:

Your child is following a "mutant" form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.

Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls "moralistic therapeutic deism." Translation: It's a watered-down faith that portrays God as a "divine therapist" whose chief goal is to boost people's self-esteem.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Books • Christianity

August 27th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Opinion: On Islamic center, what would Pope John Paul do?

By Paul Moses, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Paul Moses is the author of "The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace." He is a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The late Pope John Paul II has been described as the inspiration for a possible compromise to the dispute over the proposed Islamic center and mosque in the World Trade Center vicinity - that it be withdrawn and built elsewhere, much as the late pontiff had canceled plans for a convent near the Auschwitz concentration camp.

But if anyone would have appreciated the enormous symbolic value of having moderate Muslims create a space close to ground zero - as opposed to any other possible location in New York - with the aim of promoting inter-religious understanding, it was Pope John Paul II.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Catholic Church • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • New York • Opinion • United States

August 27th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Poll: Muslims have highest Obama approval; Mormons lowest

President Barack Obama gets his highest approval rating among religious groups from Muslims and his lowest from Mormons, according to a newly released national poll.

A Gallup survey indicates that in the first half of this year, 78 percent of Muslims approved of the job the president's doing in the White House, while just 24 percent of Mormons give Obama a thumbs up.

According to the poll, the president's approval rating among Protestants and other Christians was 43 percent, it stood at 50 percent for Catholics, 61 percent among Jews, 63 percent for Atheists, Agnostics and those with no religion, and 64 percent for those from other non-Christian religions. The president's approval among all Americans stood at 48 percent.

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • Polls

August 27th, 2010
12:47 AM ET

Some evangelicals on defensive over partnering with Glenn Beck, a Mormon

A handful of prominent evangelical activists are defending their decision to attend television host Glenn Beck's conservative rally in Washington this weekend after some Christians complained that evangelicals shouldn't be partnering with Beck because of his Mormon faith.

Video: Glenn Beck rally stirs controversy

"There is no need to 'de-Christianize' each other over the matter," wrote Jim Garlow, an influential California pastor, in a five-page memo this week arguing that evangelicals can attend Beck's rally and partner with the television and radio personality in good conscience.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Mormonism • Politics • Sarah Palin

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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