April 13th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

My Take: Relationships and religious advice

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

I have been giving a lot of lectures recently — at institutions as different as Duke, Virginia Military Academy and the University of North Alabama — and I have settled into the routine. A bit about my book "Religious Literacy" (Americans are very religious, but know almost nothing about their own religions), a bit about my newest project, "God is Not One" (no, religions are not different paths up the same mountain) and some humor thrown in here and there.

My favorite part of any speaking engagement, however, is the Q& A, which gives me an opportunity to hear what is on the minds of college students, and allows me to freelance a bit — to think on my feet.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Confucianism • Interfaith issues • Islam • Judaism

April 13th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Pakistan's blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Talahore, Pakistan (CNN) - Mohamed Imran had been accused, jailed, tried and cleared: if anything, society owed him a debt as a man wrongfully accused.

But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.

Two weeks after he returned to his small patch of farmland on the rustic outskirts of Islamabad, his alleged crime caught up with him.

Two gunmen burst into the shoe shop where he was sat talking to a friend. Imran tried to duck, to seek cover behind the man next to him - terrified so greatly for his own life that he perhaps forgot about those around him.

But the gunmen found their target and Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws claimed another victim.

Read the full story here about blasphemy vigilantes in Pakistan.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Belief • Courts • Islam • Pakistan • Violence

April 13th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Praying for lower gas prices. Literally.

CNN's Carol Costello talks to pastor Marshall Mabry of Beacon of Light Christian Center in Dublin, Georgia about how his congregation will be praying at the pump this weekend.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Content Partner • Georgia • Prayer • TV-CNN Newsroom • United States

April 13th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Tale of sportscaster facing death provokes spiritual outpouring

Editor's note: Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's special report, "Nick Charles: No Regrets, Lessons from the Fight," on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

By Wayne Drash, CNN

(CNN) - Nick Charles’ battle with terminal bladder cancer - and the way his faith is shaping his final days with his family - struck a deep spiritual chord with many of our readers.

Megapastor Joel Osteen, an avid sports fan who had grown up watching the longtime sportscaster, was among those who reached out to Charles after reading about him on CNN.com.

"He had to call me and inspire me to fight this," said Charles, who was CNN’s first sports anchor.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Death • Prayer • Sports

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