They are but a small minority, making up less than 5 percent of the U.S. population. And until recently, they have kept a low profile. For good reason: People who do not believe in God are the most distrusted group in the country and are viewed by many as a threat to the American way of life.
The night wind pushes Don Larsen’s green robe against his lanky frame.
The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia is hoping to raise $4.5 million for a renovation project that will expand its fellowship space and improve accessibility.
Halloween lore promises that an abundance of witches, princesses, ghosts and the like will be out haunting the streets Oct. 31. The annual opportunity to spend the night in costume dates back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain.
The Roman Catholic Church will recognize more than 10,000 holy people who have contributed to the church in numerous ways on Nov. 1, All Saints Day.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 12 speech to the University of Regensburg in Germany ignited a worldwide controversy. His quotation of a 14th century Christian Byzantine emperor has created cracks in the relationship between Islam and Christianity, two of the world’s largest religions.
Diwali, Hinduism’s most important celebration, begins Oct. 19. The five-day “Festival of Lights” draws its name from the climax of the week, the third day of Diwali, which is Oct. 21.
Predating Christianity and Islam, Zoroastrianism has existed for nearly 3,000 years and now faces a threatening decline in followers.
Christian Science: The healing power of prayer is a fundamental belief of the Church of Christ, Scientist, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. While the church does not release membership information, it has grown to include 2,000 churches in 80 countries.