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July 8th, 2011
03:50 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on new 'Real Housewives of the Bible' DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

News of evangelist Ty Adams' new “The Real Housewives of the Bible” DVD sparked plenty of buzz on the interwebs and raised the question of whether or not the production can really alter negative stereotypes produced by reality television shows.

Some of our readers voiced support for a biblical take on the Real Housewives franchise:

Greg Smithers
As a Christian, I'm so glad for this true and entertaining DVD series. Should be a "must read" for all teens.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Evangelical • Faith Now

Catholic Church explores Crystal Cathedral bid
Inside the Crystal Cathedral in 2002.
July 8th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Catholic Church explores Crystal Cathedral bid

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – Could Southern California’s Crystal Cathedral, which helped start the evangelical megachurch trend after it opened in 1970, become a real cathedral, as in the Roman Catholic kind?

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, California, announced this week that it is exploring the possibility of buying the controversy-vexed church, which declared bankruptcy last fall.

Crystal Cathedral founder Schuller bounced from the board

Diocese Bishop Tod D. Brown has “followed the news of the ongoing Crystal Cathedral Ministries (CCM) bankruptcy proceedings and is concerned for the future of the landmark church remaining a functional part of the liturgical landscape for the region,” the diocese said in a Wednesday statement.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: California • Catholic Church • Evangelical

July 8th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Contested Israeli settlements welcome evangelical Christian tourists

By Kevin Flower, CNN

West Bank (CNN) – Boarding a bulletproof bus to travel through one of the Middle East's perennial hot spots may not be most people's idea of a fun vacation activity, but for a growing number of Christians visiting West Bank settlements, it’s becoming an obligatory part of their visit to the Holy Land.

So it was that Marie Louise Weissenbock and a handful of other Austrian tourists came to tour the Israeli settlement of Shilo, where the Bible says the sanctuary for the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written – a place known as the Tabernacle - resided for nearly four centuries.

"It's a very significant place in the Bible,” she said. “And it’s important for us to see where the roots lie and to be here ourselves."

Shiloh is just one of dozens of important biblical locations scattered throughout the West Bank, but the Austrians’ visit was about more than just getting in touch with spiritual roots. It was also about expressing support for the Jewish settlement of land Israel occupied since the Jewish state’s 1967 war with Arab neighbors.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Evangelical • Israel

New atheist movie 'The Ledge' evangelizes godlessness
Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard in “The Ledge’s” pivotal scene.
July 8th, 2011
09:24 AM ET

New atheist movie 'The Ledge' evangelizes godlessness

By Steve Walsh, CNN

Standing on the ledge of a building as a police officer tries to talk him down, a man must make a life-changing - and potentially life-ending - decision: Should I jump?

He’s not suicidal, but he is in trouble. His decision could save two lives, while ending his. It’s the central scene in the “The Ledge,” an independently produced thriller that opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

It’s a story of religion, love and revenge that pits a conservative Christian husband against an atheist who has seduced the religious man’s Christian wife.

The film is written and directed by Matthew Chapman, an outspoken atheist  who says it's Hollywood’s first offering to feature an openly atheist hero in a story about religious conflict. His mission is to help create a more positive image for atheism, which he says is often misunderstood and maligned, for audiences who may otherwise not be exposed to it.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Movies

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