September 3rd, 2010
10:11 PM ET

Letter to the White House: My beef with Hawking

From CNN's Tom Foreman:

Dear Mr. President,

So I was reading this article about how the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking says there is no God; about how everything that exists can be explained by science, and spontaneous creation; which, I guess, is like spontaneous combustion, only not so messy.

And once again I found myself thinking: How the heck would he know?

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science

September 3rd, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Tennessee mosque site fire an arson, feds say

A fire last weekend at the construction site of a future mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been determined to be arson, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman said Friday.

Lab reports indicate that accelerants were used to start and spread the fire, which destroyed an earth mover and damaged three other vehicles at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, ATF spokesman Eric Kehn said.

There are no suspects in the arson, which occurred early Saturday morning, Kehn said. The investigation is ongoing and the ATF and FBI are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects, authorities said at a Friday press conference at the construction site.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • Tennessee • United States

September 3rd, 2010
02:18 PM ET

How Christians spoil sex

Christian marriage.

Hot sex.

Let’s try that again:

Christian marriage; hot sex.

It doesn’t quite go together does it?


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • United States

September 3rd, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Hare Krishna temple in UK on fire after explosion

A Hare Krishna temple in Leicester, England was burning Friday after an explosion. A third of the temple has collapsed, fire and rescue officials tell CNN.

"There was an explosion, a third of the building collapsed and there is a fire on the ground floor," but no people have been trapped, a Leicestershire Fire and Rescue press officer said.

Read more on our news blog, This Just In

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Hare Krishna • United Kingdom

September 3rd, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Religious leaders hit back at Hawking on Godless creation
September 3rd, 2010
11:25 AM ET

Religious leaders hit back at Hawking on Godless creation

Religious leaders in Britain on Friday hit back at claims by leading physicist Stephen Hawking that God had no role in the creation of the universe.

In his new book "The Grand Design," Britain's most famous scientist says that given the existence of gravity, "the universe can and will create itself from nothing," according to an excerpt published in The Times of London.

"Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," he wrote.

"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Culture wars • Europe • United Kingdom

September 3rd, 2010
11:02 AM ET

'My own Dad tried to kill me' survivor credits God

When a South Carolina mother recently was accused of suffocating her two young sons, CNN Radio's Amanda Moyer was asked to look for someone who had survived an attack by their mother or father.

She found the horrific yet inspirational story of Chris Keith, now 30.

When he was 5, his father killed his mother and brother in their Tulsa, Oklahoma, home. He also shot Chris in the head, before committing suicide.

Chris credits God with saving him. He now speaks to youth groups and juvenile justice centers, hoping his message will resonate with a struggling teen.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Death • Journeys

September 3rd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The Mockingbird parables: Christian lessons in Harper Lee's classic

Editor's Note: Matt Litton, a writer and educator, is author of The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story.

By Matt Litton, Special to CNN

The social relevance of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird and the subsequent film is profound. It has remained a beacon of hope for the marginalized, pointing the way toward our continued pursuit for equality.

The novel has been described simply as the story of one man’s stand for racial justice, but we cannot ignore the other valuable messages–including Christian ones-for today’s culture of distrust.

From Wall Street to Washington to Main Street, it seems our decisions are governed by what is financially, politically, and socially expedient. Oour faith is more of an afterthought than a guiding force.

The many lessons of Lee’s novel can lead us back to a restorative way of making choices by following these four principles:


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Books • Christianity • Opinion

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