Author Is Called an `Infidel,’ and She Doesn’t Mind a Bit

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ For the past three years, bodyguards have shadowed Ayaan Hirsi Ali after the controversial author and critic of Islam received repeated death threats. But that hasn’t stopped the slender, soft-spoken Somali native from saying what she thinks. Two burly bodyguards stand outside her office door as Hirsi Ali […]

COMMENTARY: Taking Chances

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I wonder if God considered alternatives to Jesus. I suppose there are other ways that Almighty God could have dealt with this whole issue of who gets into paradise. Some people would probably be more comfortable with a roll of the dice, a cut of the deck or a […]

Book Explores Sports, Sabbath and Shopping on Sunday

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) From the church pews to the living-room Superbowl game watch, Sunday celebrations vary greatly across America _ although, for some, church services and sporting events are observed with nearly equal fervor. Craig Harline, an author and professor at Brigham Young University, explores the origins and current state of the […]

Gesundheit!

John Allen, the widely respected Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, takes his British colleagues to task for a story that got some notice earlier this week. Seems that The Times of London reported -erroneously, Allen says-that an Anglican-Catholic ecumenical commission was close to saying that Anglicans would soon answer to Rome and the […]

RNS Daily Digest:

c. 2007 Religion News Service Egyptian Mufti Says Women Not Obligated to Prove Virginity (RNS) In a decision being hailed as a major step towards female equality in the Islamic world, the Grand Mufti of Egypt has said Muslim women have no obligation to prove their virginity to prospective husbands. Appearing on a popular Egyptian […]

Companies See Increased Interest in Spiritual Tours

c. 2007 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Tom and Geri Kartes are about to become pilgrims. They plan to take a lot of photos and record the experience when they go on a faith-based trip to Italy and Bosnia in May. The Grand Rapids couple will visit the Vatican, as well as religious […]

Bread With Heavenly Credentials

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A chain letter. Yes. A chain e-mail. Sure. But chain bread? This most unlikely pass-along commodity is said to have begun in an equally unlikely place _ the Vatican. But while it may be unlikely, it’s probably lucky. If you’re going to eat something that’s been kicking around for […]

Spiritual tours; Padre Pio bread

In Friday’s RNS report, Mary Radigan looks at how companies are responding to the increased interest in spiritual tours: Tom and Geri Kartes are about to become pilgrims. They plan to take a lot of photos and record the experience when they go on a faith-based trip to Italy and Bosnia in May. The Grand […]

Mitt Romney’s Damascus Moment

The folks over at Get Religion have been chatting about Peggy Fletcher Stack’s article about Mitt Romney’s political evolution-from sounding like a liberal Mormon to sounding like a born-again Southern Baptist.