October 13th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Rabbi withdraws endorsement for Paladino after apology

An Orthodox rabbi who endorsed New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Wednesday he is withdrawing that endorsement after Paladino apologized for making anti-gay remarks.

"I sadly, sadly have to withdraw from his campaign because I represent the Orthodox Jewish community in terms of family values," Rabbi Yehuda Levin told CNN, adding: "You can't compromise on this."

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Homosexuality • Judaism • New York • Politics • United States

October 13th, 2010
04:40 PM ET

Rescued miner says he saw God, devil during captivity

Here's what Mario Sepulveda, trapped inside Chile's San Jose mine for 69 days, said after he was rescued today:

I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Chile • Devil • South America

October 13th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

South Carolina mosque defaced with bacon

From CNN South Carolina affiliate WMBF:

A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group is calling on the FBI to investigate a message written in bacon at mosque in Florence.

Three chair members of the Islamic Center in Florence discovered the words "pig" and "chump" written in strips of bacon on the walkway along the mosque Sunday afternoon.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Food • Islam • South Carolina • United States

October 13th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

U.S. support for gay marriage rises steadily

American support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily - and conservative Protestants seem to be the last religious group holding out against it, a large new poll suggests.

Nearly six out of 10 white evangelicals were against gay marriage, and just over five out of 10 black Protestants opposed it, the Public Religion Research Institute announced Wednesday.

But among Catholics and members of so-called "mainline" Protestant churches, more people favored gay marriage than opposed it.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Gay marriage • Polls • United States

October 13th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

Songwriter not done telling "The Story of Your Life"

Matthew West wrote more than 40 songs when fans sent in the stories of their lives

When Matthew West asked fans to submit their stories for his new project "The Story of Your Life," he never imagined he would get 10,000 stories.

The stories came from every state and 20 countries, West said. He spent most of two months reading each one and writing songs based on the ones that stood out.

"I wrote 40 songs and started about 150 others," he told CNN recently during an interview at a restaurant in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
"I feel like I have only scratched the surface here. I really do feel like it is Volume 1."


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Music

Your spiritual journey in 6 words or less
October 13th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Your spiritual journey in 6 words or less

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Spiritual autobiography is one of the classic genres in both western civilization (think Augustine’s “Confessions”) and American life (think “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”).

But once given the license to record for posterity their sins and salvations these tales of woe and wonder seem to go on and on. (Swami Yogananda’s “The Autobiography of a Yogi” runs to 520 pages, and that’s without the bonus CD.)

“God in America,” the PBS mini-series that debuted Monday night (with me on screen, now and again), focuses on religion in public life but includes a series of personal spiritual journeys - from Anne Hutchinson’s rebel Puritanism to Abraham Lincoln’s Providence-soaked vexations to Martin Luther King’s neo-Orthodoxy on the march.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Buddhism • Christianity • Faith • News media • TV • United States

October 13th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Hitchens brothers debate if civilization can survive without God

Editor's Note: CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi files this report from Washington, DC.

Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens squared off Tuesday in a debate over whether civilization can survive without God. Christopher, the older of the two, is a renowned atheist thinker and author. Peter, the lesser known of the two, is a practicing Christian and also a well-regarded author.

Christopher Hitchens is going through a very public battle with cancer, a subject that came up often during the debate. Michael Cromartie from the Ethics and Public Policy Center, moderated the debate and mentioned Christopher, who lives in the District of Columbia, was attending in between doctor appointments. Peter Hitchens had flown in from England specifically for the lunchtime debate.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Christianity

About this blog

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.