(RNS) Even as the Peoples Temple massacre 35 years ago fades into history, Jonestown is a bitter reminder of what happens when people surrender their emotional and moral independence and become spiritual slaves to evil leaders who guarantee salvation, eternal life and utopia either here on earth or in the great beyond.
Author Archives: A. James Rudin
I suffer from a severe case of “Olympicitis,” a disease causing an incurable abhorrence of the international athletic extravaganzas that supposedly increase world peace and understanding.
(RNS) In the 40 years since America’s first female rabbi was ordained, nearly 650 female rabbis have entered the Reform movement. Yet, Jewish and Christian clergywomen still face visible and invisible obstacles in their careers.
(RNS) Despite the North’s victory at Gettysburg, it seems the only other victors were the munitions makers and cigar manufacturers. Everyone else lost, including those who presumed to know the will of God.
NEW YORK (RNS) Facing unexpected triple bypass surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, I thought I might die as I was lying on a gurney headed into the operating room. But it was not the first time I had an unexpected brush with mortality.
(RNS) Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” will probably pick up a few Oscars on Sunday, and it shows that Americans will never tire of our 16th president. While the film centers on the fight to abolish slavery in 1865, two years earlier Lincoln used his powers to correct another injustice aimed at American Jews.
(RNS) Joseph Ratzinger perhaps will be best remembered as a quiet theologian and intellectual. But he was not, as some critics charge, a “transitional” pope.
(RNS) It’s the constitutionally mandated oath of office, not the pair of historic Bibles, that is both necessary and sufficient for President Obama to begin his second term. Linking that oath to any religious text does not add to its efficacy. By A. James Rudin.
(RNS) Here are my Top 10 picks for the biggest religion stories of 2012. By A. James Rudin.