May 19th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Mel Gibson's passionate faith

Mel Gibson’s latest movie venture, The Beaver, opens nationwide this weekend. The indie-flick is the actor's latest effort to salvage his career.

This Sunday, CNN Presents takes a closer look at Gibson's complicated life story, including his deep religious faith. The clip above is a excerpt from “Acting Out: The Mel Gibson Story," which airs on Sunday at 8pm on CNN, reported by Brooke Anderson.

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Filed under: Belief • California • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Movies • United States

Doomsdays throughout time
May 19th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

My Take: Doomsdayers show what’s wrong with all religion

Editor's Note: David Silverman, an atheist since age 6, is president of American Atheists.

By David Silverman, Special to CNN

Let nobody doubt that religion hurts people. Good, intelligent, caring people suffer every day and everywhere at the hands of religion, the happy lie.

Religion is used by dishonest people who claim to know the way to the one thing humans want most: immortality. To combat fear of death, religious people ignore their intellect, believe the lie, and follow the preacher, usually blindly and sometimes to the point of insanity.

We are witnessing one very good example of this right now, as a group led by Christian ministry leader Harold Camping prepares for the end of the world this Saturday, May 21.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Christianity • End times

May 19th, 2011
02:16 PM ET

My Take: Obama yokes Arab Spring to civil rights movement

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

Before President Obama's Arab Spring speech on Thursday, White House officials hinted that the president would focus largely on economic matters. But Obama actually sounded more like a preacher than an economist.

In his “New Beginning” speech at Cairo University in June 2009, Obama spoke respectively and repeatedly of Islam. He began with “Assalaamu alaykum” (“peace be upon you”). He referred to “the holy Quran” five times. And he recalled his own experiences hearing the call to prayer as a boy in Indonesia and working alongside Muslims as a community organizer in Chicago.

Perhaps most importantly, he tried to look like a fair broker between Israel and the Palestinians, calling America’s bond with Israel “unbreakable” while describing the situation of the Palestinian people as “intolerable.”

In Thursday's Cairo 2.0 speech, he promised to show the Muslim world the money, pledging billions in loan relief and loan guarantees to Egypt.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Islam • Israel • Middle East • Obama • Palestinians • United States

What we'll miss if the world ends
May 19th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

What we'll miss if the world ends

If the doomsday folks are correct, there are at least two judgments we will miss – mainly who will be crowned the winners of "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars."

The clock is ticking toward May 21, which listeners of  Family Radio have marked as the Day of Rapture, when Christians will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. The day will also, they say, be the start of a five-month Judgment Day and the end of the world as we know it.

If true, that would suck for so many reasons including the mass destruction and chaos which is sure to follow. But let's consider a few reasons why it would be a tragedy in the realm of pop culture.

Read the full of things CNN's Marquee Blog will miss if Doomsday is Saturday. 

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • United States

May 19th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Reports conclusion called 'absolutely absurd'

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Hoatson about a new report on abuse of minors by Catholic priests.

Read more about the report here.

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Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Content Partner • Sex abuse • TV-Anderson Cooper 360 • United States

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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.