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October 14th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Will the rescued miners' renewed faith endure? Maybe, say scholars

Omar Reygadas, 56, kneels down with a Bible after reaching the surface.

CNN's Moni Basu filed this report:
They survived for more than two months a half mile under the Earth's surface, and when the 33 trapped miners in Chile came out, many of them praised God.

Mario Sepulveda said he buried 40 years of his life down there. "I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won."

Mario Gomez used to get annoyed that his wife asked him to say daily prayers. But trapped in darkness, he revisited his relationship with God and asked that a crucifix and statuettes of saints be sent down so the miners could construct a shrine.

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- Moni Basu

Filed under: Chile • Christianity • South America

The story behind the Chilean miners' Jesus T-Shirts
October 14th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

The story behind the Chilean miners' Jesus T-Shirts

As miners were being pulled from Chile's San Jose mine Wednesday, most were wearing tan T-shirts over their coveralls. The Chilean government told reporters the green coveralls were designed to help absorb the sweat as they ascended to the top.

But Wes Little, a CNN editor/producer in Atlanta, wondered why the miners were wearing the T-shirt over their coveralls. He noticed a logo on the T-shirt's left sleeve for the Jesus Film Project.

Here's what we found:

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Chile • Christianity • Missionaries • South America

October 14th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Poll: Nearly half of evangelical leaders have met their lawmakers

CNN's Richard Allen Greene filed this report:

Nearly half of the nation's top evangelical Protestant leaders have met with their current senator or representative personally, according to a poll released Thursday by the National Association of Evangelicals.

Some 48 percent of the group's board of directors have done so, while others have met congressional staffers or phoned or written to their elected officials, the survey found.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Christianity • Leaders • Politics

Two hosts walk off The View over O'Reilly Islamic Center comments
October 14th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Two hosts walk off The View over O'Reilly Islamic Center comments

“The View” has turned into quite the drama fest over the years, and Thursday’s show was no different.

The fuss this time surrounded Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly, who appeared on “The View” to talk about politics and his new book "Pinheads and Patriots.”

His appearance started out reasonably enough, discussing the upcoming elections. O'Reilly didn't make predictions, but called the vote a referendum on President Obama. A bit later he brought up the proposed Islamic center in New York, which is set to be built close to ground zero.

Read the full story on CNN's Marquee Blog 

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • TV

October 14th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Can you believe in Bigfoot and the Bible?

UFOs and the Bible - how do you believe in both?

That’s one of the questions that aroused the curiosity of three sociologists who wanted to examine the religious values of believers in the paranormal.

In “Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture,” the authors asked if religious people are more prone to believe in the paranormal.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Books • Christianity • United States

My Take: Why people of faith should care about clean water
October 14th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

My Take: Why people of faith should care about clean water

Editor's Note: Brian Mucci serves in leadership at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan and is on the board of  20 Liters.

By Brian Mucci, Special to CNN

Dirty water kills more people than all forms of violence, including war.

Nine hundred million people lack access to clean water.

That's one out of every eight people.

I am part of the “seven out of eight."  You probably are, too.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Church • Opinion

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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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