More than 20,000 Celebrate Pentecostalism’s 100th Birthday

c. 2006 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ At least 20,000 people from more than 100 countries have converged here to mark the 100th anniversary of the modern Pentecostal movement. For five days, beginning Tuesday (April 25), Pentecostal and charismatic Christians are commemorating a revival at a converted stable on Azusa Street that launched the […]

Preventing Shiite-Sunni Civil War Tall Task of New Iraqi Leader

c. 2006 Religion News Service BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Jawad al-Maliki’s appointment Saturday (April 22) to head Iraq’s national assembly ended a four-month stalemate among politicians here, and opened a passage to forming a new government to tackle the country’s overwhelming troubles. Al-Maliki, 55, a member of Daawa, Iraq’s oldest Shiite political party, served on the […]

COMMENTARY: Juries Don’t Give Verdicts on Larger, Systemic Issues

c. 2006 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. _ In criminal court, my jury duty in a murder trial lasted eight days. Outside, television crews awaited arrests in an alleged gang-rape at Duke University. Each case illuminated the other. Selecting a “fair and impartial” jury in our case took longer than anticipated, because its issues _ […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service S. African Bishop Calls Condom Use to Prevent AIDS `Ethical Imperative’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) Welcoming news that the Vatican is studying the issue of condom use by those with AIDS, a South African bishop fighting the pandemic said Tuesday (April 25) that the church must look beyond its teaching on […]

Religious Leaders Rally Behind Gay Marriage Amendment

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ America’s top Roman Catholic leaders have joined a broad national push against gay marriage one month before the Senate is set to consider a constitutional amendment to ban such unions. Fifty religious leaders have signed a petition, released Monday (April 24), that urges the Senate to approve the […]

Pornography at the forefront

Quote of the Day: Institute for the Future Director Paul Saffo “The simple fact is porn is an early adopter of new media. If you’re trying to get something established … you’re going to privately and secretly hope and pray that the porn industry likes your medium.” -Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the […]

COMMENTARY: In This Biblical Story, I Am the `Rich Man’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Biblical scholar David Lull was discussing the Gospel passage in which Jesus tells a wealthy man asking the path to eternal life to sell all he has and give the money to the poor. When the man walks away sad, according to the passage in Matthew, Jesus turns to […]

COMMENTARY: In This Biblical Story, I Am the `Rich Man’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Biblical scholar David Lull was discussing the Gospel passage in which Jesus tells a wealthy man asking the path to eternal life to sell all he has and give the money to the poor. When the man walks away sad, according to the passage in Matthew, Jesus turns to […]