On Religion

On Religion
  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Baptists without baptisms?

    Southern Baptist Church baptisms have declined in six out of the last 10 years, falling to the lowest number since 1948.

    June 17, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg A case for the common hymnal

    Research indicates the average church may have a repertoire of 150-plus hymns that worship leaders can list in the Sunday bulletin and know that most people will sing them with confidence.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Catholic fights, with the IRS picking a side

    Religion columnist Terry Mattingly writes that IRS targeted scrutiny of conservative groups can be viewed as a power grab centered around Obama's health-car program.

    June 3, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Deeper into the church-state inferno

    It appears the IRS challenged some individuals and religious groups that have criticized projects dear to the current White House, such as health care reform, abortion rights and same-sex marriage, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly..

    May 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg The earthy words of Pope Francis

    This pope's back-to-basics style is catching some Vatican insiders off-guard, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    May 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Was Jesus religious enough for HHS? Health and Human Services offers some religious organizations an exemption from the requirement that their health insurance plans cover contraception, but religion columnist Terry Mattingly questions whether the qualification standards are too strict.

    May 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Zombies are us, 2013 Religion columnist Terry Mattingly ponders some of the bigger questions posed by the popular cultural phenomenon surrounding zombie movies and tv shows.

    May 6, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Inside the soul of Jackie Robinson

    "42" — the epic movie about the baseball great — omitted many details that would have demonstrated that faith was crucial to the whole story, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg The life and times of John McCandlish Phillips

    The passing of the former New York Times reporter has fired online discussions on whether many newsrooms are hostile environments for religious believers, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg After 25 years, familiar religion-beat questions

    Readers consider religion a valued subject for newspaper coverage but the beat still doesn't get the attention it deserves says long-time religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 15, 2013 1 Photo