HUMOR: Religion Can Be Funny

c. 2005 The Joyful Noiseletter (UNDATED) Words to start the New Year A New Year’s blessing: “May the sun shine on your day. May the clouds pass over your troubles. May the stars twinkle on your evening. And may the misty moonlight brighten your journey as you make your way to Heaven.” _ Rev. John […]

Authors Take Lighthearted Look at Hell

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The world has been going to hell in a handbasket for 4,000 years. That’s about the time someone gouged the epic hero Gilgamesh’s name into a ream of clay tablets and began, at least in writing, the human preoccupation with the netherworld. So say two writers, Chuck Crisafulli and […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Few Priests Sign Petition Against Massachusetts’ Gay Marriage Law SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Despite the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church urging support for a petition against same-sex marriage, only 20 percent of priests who work in one Bay State diocese signed the petition, according to a Web site tracking the […]

Outgoing Baylor University Interim President

Quote of the Day: Baylor University Interim President Bill Underwood “If we are to be a great Christian university, we cannot be afraid to pursue the course of truth, wherever that course might lead. Indeed, if our pursuit of truth leads us to question our existing view of God, it may just be that God […]

Like a Thief in the Night …

For one Philadelphia priest, Jesus’ prediction that he would return like “a thief in the night” has hit home a little too close for comfort. The Philadelphia Daily News has the story here.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Lawyers Predict Potential Backlash to Secret Surveillance of Muslims (RNS) Lawyers requesting the federal government turn over addresses of sites it had monitored surreptitiously say if records show religious profiling occurred, American Muslims will be more wary of cooperating with the war on terror. “If this demonstrates that Muslim sites […]

Hanukkah an Opportunity to Address Pitfalls of Gambling

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At a time when gambling has become increasingly popular, with poker matches online and on television, some in the Jewish community say Hanukkah can be an opportunity to address the addictive dangers of wagering. Among the festivities associated with the eight-day holiday is the children’s game of dreidel, a […]

COMMENTARY: Don’t Teach Religion in Science Classes

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The recent ruling by federal Judge John E. Jones III that it is unconstitutional for public schools in Dover, Pa., to offer intelligent design as a scientifically valid alternative to evolution is a graphic reminder that our schools are the most visible battlegrounds in today’s culture wars. The divisive […]

St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Left?

c. 2005 Religion News Service ASSISI, Italy _ He is a champion of animal rights to some and a hero of anti-globalism to others. There are even those who consider him heaven’s first vegetarian. Whether any of these causes actually crossed the 13th century mind of St. Francis of Assisi is doubtful. Centuries later, however, […]

Mainline Churches Lose Overall on Budget but Emerge With Clearer Voice

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ When mainline Protestant leaders came here last March to denounce President Bush’s proposed budget as “unjust,” they were received much like the Old Testament prophets they look to for inspiration. Another lonely voice, crying out in the wilderness. By year’s end, the budget they rejected as immoral had […]