March 25th, 2010
08:42 PM ET

Chuck Colson: Glenn Beck's Mormon, not Christian

Interviewing influential evangelical figure Chuck Colson tonight about a new "Civility Covenant" he has signed onto, I asked how the document would apply to the recent feud between Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis.

On the one hand, the conservative Colson is politically aligned with Beck. But he's also buds with Wallis, who orchestrated the covenant.

Colson's answered surprised me:

The document "wouldn't apply to Glenn Beck because we're talking about the conversation in the family of believers ... Glenn Beck is a Mormon."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Leaders • Politics

March 25th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Religion claims less than 1 percent of news coverage

Seems like you can't open a newspaper - or click a news site - without running into a monster-sized religion story: the Catholic church abuse scandal, Rep. Bart Stupak's role holding up - and then passing - the health care bill, U.S.-Israel relations on the skids over the construction of housing for Jews in East Jerusalem.

So is anyone else surprised that religion news accounted for less than 1 percent of print, TV and online coverage last year, according to a report out today from Pew? The graph above tells the story.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Uncategorized

March 25th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Atheist: Religion distracts from real problems

For the world to tackle truly important problems, people have to stop looking to religion to guide their moral compasses, the philosopher Sam Harris told CNN.

"We should be talking about real problems, like nuclear proliferation and genocide and poverty and the crisis in education," Harris said in a recent interview at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. TED is a nonprofit group dedicated to "ideas worth spreading."

"These are issues which tremendous swings in human well-being depend on. And it's not at the center of our moral concern."

Read the full story and watch the video

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Opinion

March 25th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Vatican 'not aware of' abuse allegations

The Vatican said it didn't learn of an American priest accused of molesting up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated - then dropped - the case.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued the statement Wednesday in response to a New York Times story alleging that top Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, failed to discipline or defrock the now-deceased Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy of Wisconsin, despite warnings from several American bishops.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Leaders

March 25th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Scientology: A history of violence

Next week AC360 begins a four-part investigation into allegations made by a number of former high ranking members of the Church of Scientology. The allegations are about physical abuse they say took place within the Sea Organization, the international management branch of the church.

These former members, many of whom dedicated their lives to Scientology, allege that the leader of the church, David Miscavige (pictured), has used physical violence against a number of Sea Organization members. The church adamantly denies these allegations, and back up their denials with numerous affidavits and testimonials defending Mr. Miscavige and attacking those who are speaking out.

Read Anderson Cooper's full post on the AC360 blog

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Money & Faith

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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.