RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Former Salvation Army Leader Named to NAE Post (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals has chosen a former top official of the Salvation Army to serve as its new executive director. W. Todd Bassett, the former national commander of the Salvation Army, has been a member of the NAE’s Executive […]

Questions and Answers on TM from David Lynch

c. 2007 Beliefnet (UNDATED) In works such as “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks,” filmmaker David Lynch has explored the darker side of human nature. In his personal life, though, Lynch has found contentment and balance by practicing Transcendental Meditation. Popularized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation involves twice-daily sessions in which practitioners meditate on a […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Poll Suggests U.S. Must Respect Victories for Religious Parties Abroad WASHINGTON (RNS) A new Gallup Poll of Muslim nations indicates the best way to minimize anti-Western sentiment would be for the United States to recognize electoral victories by religious parties in democratic elections. The 2006 World Poll of countries in […]

Transcendental Meditation Makes a Comeback

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “TM? Is that still around?” That’s the immediate reaction of many to the mention of Transcendental Meditation. After a bright turn in the psychedelic limelight of the 1960s when it was embraced by celebrities such as the Beatles and Donovan, it seemed to go the way of bell bottoms, […]

The Gospel According to John, Ringo, Paul and George

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Rock music writer Steve Turner grew up in a Christian home in Daventry, England. And like other teenagers who came of age in the 1960s, Turner was a huge Beatles fan. “At that time, Christians weren’t too keen on rock ‘n’ roll music, so people in the church generally […]

COMMENTARY: The Problem of Sandbox Bullying

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Not long ago, the “enemy du jour” stalking traditional Christian denominations was “creeping congregationalism.” That meant the tendency of congregations to function independently of traditional denominational standards or structures. Conservatives in the Episcopal Church, for example, lamented the loss of cohesion or what they called “catholicity.” Then the denomination, […]

My Sweet Lord: Revisiting the Beatles and Transcendental Meditation

RNS offers a special package of four stories as part of its Tuesday report, called My Sweet Lord: Revisiting the Beatles and Transcendental Meditation. The articles included are as follows: The Gospel According to John, Ringo, Paul and George, by Bob Carlton: Forty years after John Lennon made his infamous and often misunderstood comment that […]

RNS Daily Digest: Also transmitting in `c’ category

c. 2007 Religion News Service Beloved French Priest Abbe Pierre Dies at 94 PARIS (RNS) Abbe Pierre, a Capuchin monk who became one of France’s most beloved and popular figures, died of a lung infection in Paris Tuesday at the age of 94. The man known simply as Abbe Pierre wore many hats: priest, resistance […]

New Congress Changes Tone of Anti-Abortion Rally

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The thousands of anti-abortion advocates who gathered here on Monday (Jan. 22) for the 34th annual March for Life came with a message for the new Democratic Congress: No matter what happened last November, America, they say, still opposes abortion. “I’m always concerned when the Democrats are in […]

Vatican Mulls New Strategy for Chinese Catholics

c. 2007 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ When it comes to addressing the spiritual needs of China’s estimated 12 million Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI knows his options are limited. In recent years, China has shunned nearly every overture the Vatican has made towards restoring diplomatic relations severed more than a half-century ago. When […]