NEWS FEATURE: Faith-based calendars help believers balance time and eternity

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Time is a mirror of eternity for followers of most of the world’s major faiths. The moments of each day and the days of each year are believed to be intangibly _ but inseparably _ tied to deeper spiritual realities that transcend both space and time. As folks […]

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NEWS FEATURE: At Christmas, what’s an atheist to do?

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Martin Blazevich, a 34-year-old computer programmer from Durham, N.C., can’t remember a time when he ever believed in God. So when he received an e-mail asking for his address so the company secretary could send him a Christmas card, he responded by saying he wasn’t a Christian _ […]

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NEWS SIDEBAR:  The birth of Jesus according to the Infancy Gospel of James

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Here’s a condensed account of the birth of Jesus as recorded in the ancient Infancy Gospel of James. While packing for the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem to enroll in the Roman census, Joseph is consumed over how to register Mary:”As my wife? I’m ashamed to do that. […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Public ritual, public spectacle dominate religion stories of ‘97

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ In the world of faith, the past year was marked by events of sweeping religious and spiritual proportions, as masses of humanity gathered around the globe to publicly act out rituals of collective yearning and grief to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before. From the hundreds of […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Infancy Gospel offers `different, detailed’ account of Jesus’ birth

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ It’s the Christmas story you probably haven’t heard before. The characters are much the same: There’s Joseph, Mary, the Magi, and, of course, the newborn Jesus. There’s also a donkey, a trip to Bethlehem and a star in the east. But that’s about where the similarities end between […]

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COMMENTARY: Prison officials setting stage for another Attica

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J., and a fellow of the Gallup International Institute.) UNDATED_ In September 1971, an inmate uprising over living conditions at Attica Correctional […]

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