Mormon embrace of KJV didn’t come early, or easy

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

(RNS) Though many early Mormon texts and speeches mirror the English prose of the King James Bible, it was not always the Mormons' only authorized version ofHoly Writ. In fact, Mormon founder Joseph Smith had so many reservations about its language that he stated his new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believed the […]

For many blacks, there’s only one Bible, and it’s the KJV

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) On Sundays, C. Elizabeth Floyd, shows up for worship at Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta, with her Bible in hand. But the large, black leather Bible with dog-eared pages and hand-written notes in the margins isn't just any Bible: It's the King James Version. And Floyd, like many African-Americans, wouldn't have it any […]

Monday’s Raptureless Religion News Roundup

“It has been a really tough weekend.” Tracked down at his home in Alameda, Calif., that’s what Harold Camping had to say on Sunday, the day after the earth failed to quake and Jesus failed to meet believers in the air. “I’m looking for answers,” Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ll be back to […]

Could another Bible unite Christians like the KJV?

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) 1604. England. Rebellious Puritans, establishment Anglicans and Roman Catholics are at each other’s throats. A new king fears his reign will combust in a powder keg of religious strife and anti-monarchical fervor. So King James I does what any sensible monarch would do: He orders up a new translation of the Bible. King James’ […]

Star Trek’s Spock describes his Jewish roots

Adelle M. Banks |

ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) The V-shaped hand sign that made actor Leonard Nimoy famous as Mr. Spock may have seemed to be from a planet far away. But the “Star Trek” star says he created it from childhood memories of his Jewish family. “I reached back to my early years as a child when I was […]

Friday’s Religion News Roundup

Stay away, folks. I’ve come down with a nasty case of cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, I am pleased that RNS, as you may have heard, is going nonprofit, thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation. On the other hand, a lot of people are saying the world is going to end […]

Bob Dylan’s religious mystique endures

Ron Csillag |

(RNS) Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll — at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having “gone electric.” But when rock’s best-known Jew famously declared Jesus to be the answer, many fans turned on him. For five decades, Robert […]

An important announcement from RNS

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE ENTERS NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIP WITH RELIGION NEWSWRITERS FOUNDATION New nonprofit news venture to expand and enhance coverage of religion nationwide with support from Lilly Endowment WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2011) Religion News Service (RNS), which for 77 years has been the nation’s leading syndicated wire service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion, ethics […]

Muslims wait for signs of change from Obama

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Officially, President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech on Thursday (May 19), but U.S. Muslims were equally interested in how their faith will be treated in a post-Osama bin Laden era. U.S. Muslims tuned in hoping for clear direction from Obama on America’s plans for the unrest in […]

First lady seeks help for military families

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has asked religious leaders to join her initiative to assist military families by increasing programs to support veterans and the families of military members deployed far from home. “The faith community has been a strong bedrock for me as first lady,” she told religious and community organization leaders on […]