RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Religious Leaders Defend Obama Against Madrassa Allegations WASHINGTON (RNS) A host of religious leaders have condemned “the bitter, destructive politics” that they say resulted in a political smear campaign against presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Several Web sites and a Fox News program reported that Obama was hiding the […]

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Proposed Bush Library Divides U.S. Methodists

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When United Methodists weigh what’s at stake in a plan to put a George W. Bush presidential library and policy institute at Southern Methodist University, they see a lot more than politics. For the faithful on both sides of this hot-button issue, it’s about the integrity of the church. […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service U.S. `Satisfied’ With Religion’s Public Role, But More Want Less WASHINGTON (RNS) For the third consecutive year, the number of Americans calling for less religious influence in public life exceeded the number of Americans who want more, according to a new Gallup poll. Most Americans, however, remain “generally satisfied” with […]

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Christian Ecumenical Group Awaits First Official Meeting

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In an age of schisms and denominational division, members of five segments of Christianity are celebrating their ability to work together on issues like poverty and evangelism. Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) will gather 36 leaders of denominations and faith groups Feb. 7 to celebrate their historic […]

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COMMENTARY: The End of Modern Paradigms

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The end of a paradigm is a strange phenomenon to behold. First gradually, then suddenly, what had made sense no longer seems sensible. Structures and ideas that had made the world comprehensible no longer convey meaning. Consider the nuclear-family paradigm (mom, dad, two kids), which began to fade in […]

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Bush Library; Christian Churches Together

In Tuesday’s RNS report G. Jeffrey MacDonald writes that the proposed Bush library is dividing U.S. Methodists: A controversial proposal to locate a George W. Bush presidential library, museum and policy institute at Southern Methodist University is becoming much more than a squabble within the university. For strong voices on both sides, it has touched […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service More than 90 Percent of Indians Believe in God, More Than Half Pray Daily CHENNAI, India (RNS) More than 90 percent of Indians believe in God and more than half pray every day, according to a nationwide survey published in a leading Indian newspaper Thursday (January 25). The study found […]

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Drinan, First Catholic Priest to Vote in Congress, Dies

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, the first Roman Catholic priest to serve as a voting member of the U.S. Congress, died Sunday (Jan. 28) in a Washington hospital. He was 86. Drinan represented Massachusetts as a Democrat for a decade starting in 1971. He suffered congestive heart failure […]

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Catholic pilgrimage; Religion training for the gov’t; Obit of the Rev. Robert F. Drinan

Monday’s RNS report starts with a story by Katherine Boyle about a pilgrim on a trek to experience 365 Catholic churches in 365 days: David Heimann is not your ordinary pilgrim. Every day, the Illinois native walks into a different Roman Catholic church. Afterward, he turns to the Internet to blog about his experience, providing […]

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COMMENTARY: Also transmitting in `k’ category

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When successful Republican presidential candidates talk about their base, they’re usually talking about the GOP’s social conservatives. When Arizona Sen. John McCain talks about his base, he’s referring to the mainstream media. Which helps explain two things. One, why McCain was not a successful Republican presidential candidate eight years […]

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