Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)"Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me," Jesus tells the rich man in one of his best-known parables.

It was a mantra he invoked repeatedly: the poor were blessed, and it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it was for the well-to-do to ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Christianity has long been the world’s largest religion by far, but the population of Muslims is growing so fast that they will match Christians by the year 2070 and outnumber them by the end of the century, according to a report released Thursday that projects the global religious future.

The report, from the Pew Research Center, projects a vibra... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN )If tech futurists are to be believed, by the year 2050, robots will do many of our errands and drive our cars. If a new study on religious trends is to be believed, many of those robot-controlled cars will stop and park at mosques and churches.

Yes, despite predictions that religion will go the way of dinosaurs, the size of almost every majo... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)The tension between laws that protect religious liberty and those that prohibit discrimination against gays is the culture war battleground of the decade. The recent enactment of Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is but the latest flashpoint for this ongoing clash.

Once again, as they did in Arizona last year, gay rights proponent... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial “religious freedom” bill into law, making it legal for people to discriminate against the LGBT community, or really, anybody, on religious grounds. The law says that the government cannot substantially burden someone’s faith, and if they must, they have to demonstrate a clear and compelling reason ... read more
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