Author explores ties between religion and magic

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Maybe it’s their pointy incisors. Or their preference for darkness. Could be their reputation for literally sucking the life out of their victims. Whatever it is, vampires don’t have the best reputation. So you might be surprised to learn that vampires have ethics that prevent them from taking energy […]

COMMENTARY: Rest for the weary

c. 2007 Religion News Service KEARNEY, Neb. _ When I congratulated a chorister on her choir’s excellent performance at the opening service of an Episcopal diocesan convention, she was pleased. They work hard, she said. “I also do the altar guild,” she added with a mild grimace. “We just don’t have enough people.” This congregation […]

Evangelical Association Board: Huckabee, Yes; Hillary, No

A survey of the 100-member board of the National Association of Evangelicals finds that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s name came up most when they were asked their first choice among the current presidential candidates. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name surfaced as the one least desired. See NAE report on survey here.

There musn’t be a morning-after

Pope Benedict told a delegation of Catholic pharmacists that they should exercise their right of “conscientious objection” by refusing to provide “products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.” Benedict specifically warned against the use of “certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo.” The […]

indigestion over the Last Supper

Miller Brewing Co. has apologized for agreeing to sponsor San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair -specifically an ad that parodied the Last Supper with various and sundry sex toys. The annual Folsom Street event is the type of sexuality-on-public-display (“Get a Room!”) that makes many roll their eyes at the city by the bay. Organizers have […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Calif. rehabs inmates by fighting wildfires EL CAJON, Calif. (RNS) Former drug addict Christopher Williams is one of about 2,600 California felony prisoners currently battling the state’s monstrous wildfires. In years past, Williams said he could go long stretches without sleep while high on methamphetamine. On the fire line, trying […]

New film argues that Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “For the Bible Tells Me So,” a documentary that seeks to make the case that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, is making the rounds at film festivals and screening in select cities. The 97-minute film weaves biblical analysis with the stories of five Christian families who learn that […]

Pope’s plays find new life on off-Broadway stage

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ In 1987, Peter Dobbins wandered into a Christian bookstore in Dallas and picked up the collected plays of Karol Wojtyla, the Polish playwright-turned-priest who went on to become Pope John Paul II. Someday, Dobbins thought, he’d like to bring them to life on stage. After percolating for […]

Scaring the hell out of sinners …

Heather Donckel’s report on the Christian dilemma over Halloween-boycott it, ignore it or accept it-can be found over at USA Today. Money quote: “Sometimes we have to use extreme measures to save (God’s) people,” Cindy Cathcart said. “After all, if someone were in a burning house, would you quietly say, `Come out, you will die’? […]