November 5th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Second deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

Editor's Note: CNN's Reza Sayah brings us this report from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Authorities in Pakistan are reporting a second deadly mosque attack Friday in the country's volatile northwestern region, a strike that killed four people and injured 18 others.

This follows a fatal blast that killed at least 67 people and wounded more than 80 others in a suicide attack that targeted anti-Taliban members at another mosque in the northwest, said government official Khalid Umarzai.

Both incidents occurred in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with the latest taking place during Friday prayers at Salman Khel village on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Culture wars • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Violence

First woman ordained as rabbi in Germany since WWII
November 5th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

First woman ordained as rabbi in Germany since WWII

Alina Treiger, 31, became the first female rabbi in Germany since World War II with her ordination Thursday, the German news outlet The Local reported.

Treiger, who was born in Ukraine but moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2001, was ordained before an audience that included 30 prominent rabbis from around the world, some of whom are women, the report said.

Read the full story at CNN's This Just In Blog.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Europe • Germany • Judaism

Rainn Wilson: Destroy my book
November 5th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Rainn Wilson: Destroy my book

Editor's Note: From CNN's Eric Marrapodi

Rainn Wilson wants you to destroy his new book.

The actor's "Soulpancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions" came out on Tuesday.

"The book almost shouldn't be called a book. It should be like a workbook. It's an interactive thing that you carry with you. It encourages you to destroy it, almost. Draw on the pages. Write on it," Wilson said as he headed in for an early morning shoot for NBC's hit sitcom "The Office."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baha'i • Books • California • Culture & Science • TV • United States

November 5th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

My Take: The anger/hope/repeat cycle in U.S. Politics

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

Just a thought, but is it possible that perhaps our current economic catastrophe isn’t really the Democrats’ fault? Or even the Republicans? Is it possible that the fault is our own?

Last month I participated in a conversation with Andrew Bacevich, a professor of international relations and history at Boston University, and the author, most recently, of Washington Rules:  America’s Path to Permanent War (2010) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008).

The event that brought us together was called “Are Americans God’s Chosen People?”


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Opinion • Politics • Tea Party

November 5th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Are megachurches falling out of fashion?

I was attending a lecture several years ago when I heard a startling prediction: megachurches are doomed.

A religion professor predicted that megachurches would one day resemble abandoned retail stories “on the edge of town” because they were so expensive to maintain, and a younger generation wanted a more intimate worship experiences.

I thought about that prediction after learning that the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in California filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after its leaders disclosed  the church is close to $50 million in debt.

The bankruptcy revelation, along with recent scandals surrounding several megachurch pastors, caused me to wonder if megachurches will fall out of fashion in these lean economic times. Will Americans cut back on the size of their churches while cutting back on everything else?


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Church • 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.