TOP STORY: PBS GETS RELIGION: Public TV’s fall lineup is heavy on God and virtue

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Children’s cartoons about virtue. A 10-part series on the Book of Genesis, complete with a companion book and discussions of the subject in communities across America. A documentary on the historic roots of the religious right. These three series to air in Public Broadcasting Service markets this fall continue […]

COMMENTARY: Violence and vulnerability remain our constant companions

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) FRUITLAND, Tenn. _ I recently visited the Salem Baptist Church in rural Fruitland, Tenn., as part of an interreligious delegation that was assembled by the National Council of Churches. Salem Baptist is one of the many black […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Blockbuster Music forms partnership to promote Christian music (RNS) Blockbuster Music has formed a partnership with McSpadden-Smith Music, a Nashville-based entertainment company, to promote contemporary Christian music in Blockbuster’s stores nationwide.”This is a new and exciting opportunity for contemporary Christian music record labels,”Ron Smith, a partner in McSpadden-Smith, told The […]

What do American Jews believe in? Often, it’s not Judaism

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Participating in a panel discussion in Cleveland on the ethical and legal implications of new genetic tests to predict breast cancer in Jewish women, Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff fielded a rude question. A law professor in the audience stood up and announced that she was confused. She bluntly said […]

COMMENTARY: Religious extremists threaten archaeology in Israel

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Hershel Shanks is founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review and author, most recently, of”Jerusalem, An Archaeological Biography,”published by Random House.) (UNDATED) A little-noticed result of the recent elections in Israel, which significantly strengthened the religious parties’ representation in the Israeli parliament, involves a serious threat to archaeology in a […]

MEDIA STORY: HOLLYWOOD AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT: A cinematic battle between the reprehensible and the

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s been a thrilling, chilling blockbuster movie season this summer, as films like “Twister,” “The Rock,” and “Independence Day” played to packed theaters and toyed with Americans’ fears about attacks from the violence of nature, well-armed terrorists, and space aliens. But the latest high-octane action-adventure film exposes a threat […]

COMMENTARY: Religious extremists threaten archaeology in Israel

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Hershel Shanks is founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review and author, most recently, of”Jerusalem, An Archaeological Biography,”published by Random House.) (UNDATED) A little-noticed result of the recent elections in Israel, which significantly strengthened the religious parties’ representation in the Israeli parliament, involves a serious threat to archaeology in a […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Kuwaiti Christian convicted of apostasy flees to U.S. (RNS) Hussein Qambar Ali, a Christian convert from Islam who was convicted of apostasy in Kuwait earlier this year, fled to the United States Saturday (Aug. 17) and is deciding whether to seek religious asylum here. Jim Jacobson, president of Christian Solidarity […]