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Pastor: Facebook is encouraging adultery
November 18th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Pastor: Facebook is encouraging adultery

A New Jersey pastor is asking married  members at his church to delete their Facebook accounts because he says it encourages adultery.

The Rev. Cedric Miller of Neptune  made the demand after 20 couples at his church ran into difficulties after a spouse reunited with an old love interest, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article.

The article, which quotes an Associated Press story, says Miller had asked married couples in his church to share their Facebook passwords with spouses, but couples still ran into problems.

Miller, pastor at the Living Word Christian Fellowship church, says he’s now demanding that 50 married church leaders delete their Facebook accounts or resign.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Ethics • News media • Pastors

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.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

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

September 8th, 2010
04:53 PM ET

Larry King to interview Stephen Hawking

Editor's Note: Stephen Hawking will be Larry King's guest on Friday night. In his latest book Hawking claims God didn't create the universe and aims to banish a divine creator from physics.

You can leave your comments on the LKL Blog here.

You can see the Belief Blog's coverage here on Hawking's new book and the response by religious leaders here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Culture & Science • Europe • News media • TV • United Kingdom

August 2nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET

Peter Berger in Blogostan

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

Peter Berger is perhaps the most influential living scholar of religion, the author of such classics (and bestsellers) as The Sacred Canopy and The Social Construction of Reality. As of a few weeks ago, he is also a blogger, the man behind "Religion and Other Curiosities" at American Interest Online.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Berger a bit after taking a job a decade or so ago at Boston University, where until his recent retirement (of sorts) he directed BU's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs and held forth as a professor of religion, sociology and theology.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity • Journeys • News media

June 14th, 2010
07:04 AM ET

Church abuse scandal gets unprecedented ink in Europe

Pope Benedict XVI during a visit to Malta in April.

We all know the news media has covered the Catholic sex abuse scandal intensely these last few months, as allegations of church abuse have piled up like never before in countries across Europe. But a new report from the Pew Research Center, released on the heels of the Pope's remarks on the abuse scandal Friday, shows exactly how historic the press coverage has been.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • News media • Pope Benedict XVI

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