NEWS STORY: The `Real’ Silas Considers `Da Vinci Code’ a `Fictional Blasphemy’: Wi

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Anyone who has read “The Da Vinci Code” knows Silas, the hulking albino monk who murders nuns and limps through the streets of Paris, a spiked cilice gouging the flesh on his upper leg. Before the film version of the book opens May 19, Opus Dei would […]

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FILM ANALYSIS: Minus `Manly Men,’ Hollywood Redefines Male Heroism

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A good man is hard to find. Which must be why everyone is trying to track them down, increase their numbers or just attempt to explain who the heck they are. “In Praise of Manly Men,” gushes the cover of this month’s O (“the Oprah magazine”). “Who are they, […]

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COMMENTARY: On Its 58th Birthday, Israel Can Consider Itself `Grown Up’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Behave like a grown-up!” Parents frequently utter those words to their children even though the youngsters are usually years, even decades away from being chronologically “grown up.” But the parental message is clear: Being grown up means acting in a mature, thoughtful and purposeful way. It is excellent advice […]

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Can I Hear You Say “Hallelujah”?

More than 20,000 Celebrate Pentecostalism’s 100th Birthday RNS’s Sarah Price Brown reports on the 100th birthday of the Pentecostal movement, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: Pentecostals believe that the Holy Spirit resides within them and manifests itself, in some cases, by allowing worshippers to speak in tongues. “Tongues” is a spiritual language […]

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Internet, Blogs Give New Power to the Religious Peanut Gallery

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For as long as preachers have been engaging listeners, critics have been muttering nearby about the need for more enlightened leadership. Even Moses couldn’t catch a break from his band of desert-wandering Israelites, who feared he was trying to kill them. Now, thanks to Weblogs (called blogs) and other […]

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Pro-Hindu Party Pushes Laws to Restrict Christian Conversions in India

c. 2006 Religion News Service CHENNAI, India _ Religious conversion has emerged as a volatile social and political issue in India, where a pro-Hindu ruling party in several states is pushing legislation to restrict what it characterizes as forced Christian conversions that disrupt national harmony. The moves have prompted an outcry from Christian leaders, who […]

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COMMENTARY: For Victims of Priestly Abuse, No Limitations on Pain

c. 2006 Religion News Service The statute of limitations is the legally established time period in which criminal charges can be brought against an accused person. This is a basic provision of the U.S. Constitution to protect the basic rights of all citizens. This rule says that time runs out for victims as it does […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Reform Judaism Leader Speaks to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University (RNS) Relations between American Jews and evangelical Christians have warmed in recent years, with the two backing Israel amid the latest intifada. But an address Wednesday (April 26) by the head of American Jewry’s largest movement at the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s […]

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James Dobson: guru

Quote of the Day: Evangelical Author Tony Campolo “You dare not go against Jim Dobson these days. This is the guru, the new pope. He is infallible. Anybody that contradicts him is obviously out of the will of God.” -Evangelical author and social commentator Tony Campolo, offering sarcastic criticism of conservative Christian radio talk show […]

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Christian conversions in India; and religious blogs

In Wednesday’s RNS report Achal Narayanan reports from India where a pro-Hindu ruling party may restrict Christian conversions: Religious conversion has emerged as a volatile social and political issue in India, where a pro-Hindu ruling party in several states is pushing legislation to restrict what it characterizes as forced Christian conversions that disrupt national harmony. […]