RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Fate of Afghan Convert to Christianity Remains in Doubt (RNS) The fate of an Afghan convert to Christianity who faced a criminal trial and possible death sentence remained uncertain Monday (March 27) after conflicting reports about his release. An Afghan court dismissed charges against Abdul Rahman on Sunday, citing lack […]

Catholic Trend Combines Beer, Bible for `Theology on Tap’

c. 2006 Religion News Service MONTCLAIR, N.J. _ It was a regular Sunday night at Just Jakes, a downtown bar. Regulars were shooting eight-ball, downing drafts, and tilting their heads at 10 mounted screens showing the Oscars, college basketball and “Caddyshack.” Meanwhile, down a hallway in a comfortable back room, 25 young bar patrons and […]

COMMENTARY: Would the World Be Better Without Religion?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Wouldn’t the world be better off without religion? This sentiment is perhaps most famously associated with ex-Beatle John Lennon (remember “Imagine”?), but it has also been suggested by more formidible intellectual figures. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, two celebrated popularizers of Darwinism have publicly asserted that the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Pennsylvania Political Group’s Church Work Stirs Complaints HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) A conservative advocacy group is hiring 10 full-time organizers to rally churches across Pennsylvania to get out the vote for the November election. “Evangelical or Catholic background is helpful,” said an online job posting. The group, Let Freedom Ring, was […]

On Just War, Religious Groups Still Divided

c. 2006 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) At Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., students in professor Brian Stiltner’s class on faith and justice marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq still arguing about whether the war was morally justified. “I think we are there for a good purpose,” argued one student. […]

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks out

Quote of the Day: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself.” -Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaking out against a House bill that would impose criminal penalties on those who assist undocumented […]

Byassee addresses evangelicals

Quote of the Day: Christian Century Assistant Editor Jason Byassee (RNS) “When the powers that be are done with you, we mainline liberals will have a rocking chair for you at the retirement home of the formerly religiously important. Maybe then we can finally see each other as sisters and brothers.” -Jason Byassee, assistant editor […]

Spring Cleaning

Students, Many Motivated by Faith, Clean Up New Orleans on Spring Break Some college students, many motivated by faith, have given up beach and beer to spend their spring breaks in New Orleans assisting in the hurricane cleanup, as Bruce Nolan reports in this week’s full-text RNS article (linked above). Quote: “It’s very clear to […]