Choice of actor concerns Baptist Press

Quote of the Day: Filmmakers of `End of the Spear’ “We cast Chad Allen because he had the best audition of anyone else by far. We know that the character in the film and the actor are not the same. If as a film company we could only work with people who were completely sanctified, […]

COMMENTARY: C.S. Lewis’ `Chronicles of Narnia’ Can Teach Needed Business Ethics

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Ethics scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia and numerous other corporations challenge the effectiveness of traditional methods of business ethics education. Educators in search of new ways to discuss moral principles and reasoning may find an examination of literature, even children’s fiction, in order. While the newly popularized “Chronicles of […]

A Catholic’s tour of Rome; Love letters from a nun

A Roman Catholic explores Rome, sweet Rome, the city of his religious roots. Frank Franzonia writes: As Jerusalem calls to a Jew and Mecca to a Muslim, the Eternal City bid me, a Roman Catholic, to explore my religious roots. St. Peter’s, Catholicism’s grandest basilica, was high on this pilgrim’s list and it induced goosebumps […]

A Catholic’s Rome, Sweet Rome

c. 2006 Religion News Service ROME _ As Jerusalem calls to a Jew and Mecca to a Muslim, the Eternal City bid me, a Roman Catholic, to explore my religious roots. St. Peter’s, Catholicism’s grandest basilica, was high on this pilgrim’s list and it induced goosebumps even before entering, as I approached for the first […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Turkish Court: Man Who Shot Pope John Paul II Must Go Back to Jail (RNS) Mehmet Ali Agca, the gunman who shot John Paul II in 1981, was back in custody Friday after a Turkish appeals court ruled that his controversial release from prison for the murder of a journalist […]

COMMENTARY: Bush’s Torture Policy Threatens Our Democracy

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Disturbing evidence in recent weeks gives every indication that the Bush administration is essentially planning to ignore the McCain amendment, approved overwhelmingly (90-9 in the Senate, 308-122 in the House) by the Republican-led Congress last month. This amendment banned all U.S. personnel from inflicting “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment […]

Is the Big Lie No Big Deal?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s official. Fibbing is OK if it serves a higher purpose. Oprah said so. The queen of all media tossed this ethical grenade recently when she called CNN’s Larry King to defend his guest, James Frey, author of mega-best-seller “A Million Little Pieces.” Frey’s memoir of addiction and recovery […]

Sharon Championed Values of Israel’s Pioneering Generation

c. 2006 Religion News Service TEL AVIV, Israel _ On most afternoons, veterans from Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 can be found around a table at a cafe in central Tel Aviv. They are contemporaries of Ariel Sharon, the lionized Israeli prime minister who suffered a massive stroke Jan. 4. For them, the likely […]

Lying: no big deal?; Sharon’s generation

In Friday’s RNS report Andrea Simakis questions if lying has become acceptable, judging by reactions to incidents such as author James Frey’s embellishments, Martha Stewart’s stock dumping and Bill Clinton’s activities with Monica Lewinsky: It’s official. Fibbing is OK if it serves a higher purpose. Oprah said so. The queen of all media tossed this […]