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July 5th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Pastor dances with venomous snakes

Also check out our story on a West Virginia serpent-handling preacher who recently died of a snakebite.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity

AME Church likens Congress’s Holder vote to ‘evil strategies’ following Reconstruction
Attorney General Eric Holder.
July 5th, 2012
02:39 PM ET

AME Church likens Congress’s Holder vote to ‘evil strategies’ following Reconstruction

By Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The country’s oldest black religious denomination is blasting Congress’s recent vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt as similar to the “evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era.”

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church said that House members who voted last week to condemn America’s first African-American Attorney General “have been consistently and systematically disrespectful,” in a resolution passed late last week.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

My Take: Will there be gays in heaven? Will there be fat people?
Anderson Cooper's coming out provoked the author to send a tweet that triggered some strong reaction.
July 5th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

My Take: Will there be gays in heaven? Will there be fat people?

Editor's Note: Craig Gross is the pastor and founder of XXXchurch.com and is the author of seven books. He just turned 36 and is no longer a hip 20-something pastor from California.

By Craig Gross, Special to CNN

After Anderson Cooper came out this week, I posted a link on Twitter to a story that included this quote from Cooper: “I love and am loved.” As I said in my tweet, Cooper is one of my favorite journalists. I was honored to once be on his show.

After I tweeted I got e-mails and a direct message asking the same question: "You still like him now?"

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Uncategorized

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles
"Anything to put the Bible in people's hands is a good thing," Gideons spokesman Ken Stephens said.
July 5th, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles

By Heather Kelly, CNN

(CNN) – Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, hotels, where they are a ubiquitous sight in bedside tables.

Starting this month, however, the InterContinental Hotels Group is modernizing that mission at one of its hotels, replacing the paper tomes with electronic versions of the Bible loaded on Kindle e-readers. Each of the 148 rooms at the chain's Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England, will be outfitted with a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. Guests can use the e-ink devices to catch up on scripture, as well as purchase and read any other books available in the Amazon Kindle store.

The hotel was chosen for the pilot program because of its rich literary and publishing history: It's a few blocks from the Philosophical Society of Newcastle, one of the largest independent libraries in the UK. If it's a success, InterContinental could expand it to other locations, and other hotels might follow its lead.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Business • Uncategorized

July 5th, 2012
05:06 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, July 5

By Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson
Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription. The synagogue – dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods – is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country's Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

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- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Uncategorized

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson
July 5th, 2012
03:29 AM ET

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

By Joe Sterling, CNN

(CNN) – Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.

The synagogue - dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods - is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country's Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

Jodi Magness, a professor of early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the building was found in a recent excavation.

FULL STORY
- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Art • Israel • Judaism

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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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