Religion

Religion

It’s easy to knock religion, which will always do its best to give back and inspire hope

Q: In the 20th century, human beings murdered by most estimates about 150 million other humans, and that’s just the death count. The religions of the planet have had thousands of years to create a moral order that people could follow, and produce that elusive “peace on earth, good will to men.” Can you honestly imagine 150 million corpses of little children, young people in the prime of life, grandparents, mothers and fathers and deny that religions have failed miserably? Religious leaders like you bear an enormous burden of responsibility for the slaughters past, present and future. Perhaps it’s time for people like you to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are doing more harm than good. If the answer is the former, than isn’t it time to sell people on the idea of leaving their religions behind and becoming humanists, and by doing so, lowering one more barrier between people that leads to mass graves? – M from Lebanon, Pa.

Politics & Government

Evangelical Christians will shape Trump’s education agenda

Vice President Mike Pence, an evangelical Christian, will likely be the tie-breaking vote to put Betsy DeVos, a supporter of Christian education programs, into the White House as education secretary. Donald Trump named Jerry Falwell Jr. as a higher education adviser, signaling the growing importance of Christians in devising and implementing federal education policy.

Local

Want to own an 1845 church, restored to its old glory? Only $39,000.

St. Frances Methodist Church was built in 1845 and is off N.C. 11 in Woodville, 40 miles north of Greenville. It was restored to its former glory by a restoration contractor in 2004. The church, surrounded by cotton fields, had been purchased for wedding events by a husband and wife who lived in the Triangle, said real estate agent Nancy Winslow, but they’re now selling it for $39,000.

Videos

Billy Graham at 98

Billy Graham will celebrate his 98th birthday Nov. 7, 2016. The world-famous evangelist, was born in 1918 on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C..
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Billy Graham at 98 6:03

Billy Graham at 98

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral already a Raleigh landmark 1:26

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral already a Raleigh landmark

Evangelist Franklin Graham speaks about HB2, Hurricane Matthew and upcoming election during Raleigh visit 2:03

Evangelist Franklin Graham speaks about HB2, Hurricane Matthew and upcoming election during Raleigh visit

Greenville prays to stop rising flood waters 1:53

Greenville prays to stop rising flood waters