TV’s New Religious Saga Doesn’t Go by the Book

c. 2005 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Back when Jack Kenny was a good Catholic boy, he was taught to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So when he wrote a TV show about a troubled Episcopal priest, he made Jesus his main character’s best friend. In Kenny’s “The Book of Daniel,” which […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Religious Conservatives Disappointed in Frist’s New Stem-Cell View WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious conservatives are expressing disappointment over Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s announcement that he supports expansion of federally funded embryonic stem cell research. In a lengthy floor speech Friday (July 29), the Tennessee Republican declared his stance based on his […]

COMMENTARY: Promise Keepers Have Much to Teach Us

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The first Promise Keeper I met was Carl Hutchins. In the summer of 1995, I drove from Atlanta down country roads, past open fields and barbecue shacks to meet him at Zion Hill Baptist Church, an old brick building between a cemetery and an overgrown baseball field in rural […]

U.S. Muslim Groups Denounce Terrorism, but Is the Message Connecting?

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Why haven’t Muslim leaders condemned terrorism?” This is the most common question that Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), gets daily basis from media and other inquirers. Nearly four years after September 11, 2001, Muslim organizations disagree on the best way to battle […]

Counting all victims of terrorism

An editorial from the Jerusalem Post “Even if near-daily shelling of civilians in southern Israel with rocket and mortar fire doesn’t count for him (Pope Benedict XVI), then surely the suicide bombing which took five lives in Netanya earlier this month was no less reprehensible than what happened in the countries the pope did see […]

Counting all victims of terrorism

An editorial from the Jerusalem Post “Even if near-daily shelling of civilians in southern Israel with rocket and mortar fire doesn’t count for him (Pope Benedict XVI), then surely the suicide bombing which took five lives in Netanya earlier this month was no less reprehensible than what happened in the countries the pope did see […]

Christian Rock ‘n’ Roll Soars to New Heights

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A rock ‘n’ roll revival? Better believe it. Soaring sales mean that Christian rock is elbowing its way onto the forefront of the Christian music industry. The rest of the music world is also paying attention, as big labels in New York and Los Angeles come calling on now-unheard-of […]

Changing Habits

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Popular art has often imitated religious life in the last 60 years, offering some glimpses into the changing habits of American nuns. In 1945, Ingrid Bergman portrayed a sympathetic but more authoritative religious superior going back and forth with Bing Crosby in “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” The joyous […]