NEWS FEATURE: Chiasms _ The Unseen Biblical Codes

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Were you fascinated by the poetic riddles, arithmetic puzzles and other enigmas in “The Da Vinci Code,” the mystery novel by Dan Brown that has spent more than a year atop the best-seller lists? Many Bible-literate readers, despite enjoying the word puzzles, were disappointed by the speculative lore about […]

NEWS FEATURE: The Form of the Biblical Chiasm

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When looking in the Bible for coded literary patterns called chiasms, you can learn from tight, clear examples. Take, for instance, Gospel of Mark chapter 11, verses 12, 13, 14 and the start of verse 15. The first rule is: Don’t let those numbered verses limit where you start, […]

COMMENTARY: O’Malley Should Skip Sermon, Kick the Dog Instead

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author of “Cardinal Bernardin’s Stations of the Cross,” published by St. Martin’s Press.) (UNDATED) If you dialed “O for O’Malley,” as Bing Crosby’s Father Chuck O’Malley invited the […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Survey: Presbyterians Prefer Cremation, Memorial Services (RNS) A survey of Presbyterian pastors and parishioners shows that most prefer a memorial service to a funeral, and want their bodies cremated rather than buried. The periodic survey by the Presbyterian Panel measured pastors’ and members’ thoughts about death and dying in late […]

COMMENTARY: Politicians Talking Like Clergy

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) The 2004 presidential race is becoming an old-time religious revival with both candidates rushing to declare their spiritual convictions. Both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., seem more like […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Boston Archdiocese Sells Bishop’s Mansion to BC in $100 Million Deal (RNS) The Archdiocese of Boston has agreed to sell its ornate archbishop’s residence and 43 surrounding acres to Boston College for nearly $100 million, and could sell more land in two years for $8 million more. The deal announced […]

NEWS FEATURE: More Young People Turning to Short-Term Mission Work

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Steve Holt spent his first semester away from home doing typical college freshman things: making friends, going to class, working out. He had new streets to learn and lessons to study, just like his peers. But when Holt left the classroom, he went to orphanages and churches, not the […]