NEWS FEATURE: Fixed-hour Prayer Moving Out of the Monastery

c. 2000 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The admonition is a simple one: “Pray without ceasing,” Paul advises in the New Testament book of Thessalonians. For centuries, Christians have honored that call to prayer through the practice of fixed-hour prayer _ the recitation of psalms, hymns, scripture readings and prayer at specific times of the […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian Singer on the Verge of Stardom

c. 2000 Religion News Service ATHENS, Ala. _ Debbie White was ecstatic as she walked out of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville after performing in front of a crowd of several thousand people and millions of television viewers for the Christian Country Music Association’s annual Awards Show in November. Out of the view of […]

NEWS FEATURE: New View of Botticelli _ As Illustrator of Dante’s “Divine Comedy’’

c. 2000 Religion News Service ROME (RNS) _ Sandro Botticelli, the Renaissance painter best known for his Venus, his angels and his flowery allegory of springtime, emerges in a new role in a unique Holy Year exhibit: as illustrator of Dante’s religious and literary masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy.” Botticelli’s style is as unexpected as his […]

NEWS STORY: Physicist Freeman Dyson Named Templeton Prize Winner

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Freeman Dyson, a world-renowned physicist and author who for more than 50 years has worked to make science a tool for social justice, on Wednesday (March 22) was awarded the 2000 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Dyson, 76, a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced […]