Religious art: fig leaf or full frontal?

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Rev. France Davis doesn’t want any nude Adam-and-Eve figures at his Calvary Baptist Church — even if they were painted by the famed Michelangelo himself. Davis is unequivocal in his view that there is nothing inspiring or redeeming about naked figures in religious art. “Since we sinned, as it said […]

How didst the KJV come to be?

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

(RNS) The King James Bible, translated from ancient Greek and Hebrew in 1611, is, by virtually all accounts, the most awe-inspiring work of English prose ever written. Over the past four centuries, the KJV has sold more than 5 billion copies. Its exquisite English text has circulated the globe in the hands of missionaries and […]

The Opus Dei film that isn’t really about Opus Dei

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) Would you rather see a movie about a sinner or a saint? The marketing team for the new Roland Joffe film, “There Be Dragons,” is going for a little of both. The film tells the story of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of the Opus Dei order that was last seen on […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

Forty-three years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead in Memphis. A new biography published today about his ideological rival, Macolm X, suggests a New Jersey Muslim was responsible for X’s assassination. Afghan protests over the burning of a Quran in Florida continued Sunday for a third day, with three more […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

The worst of the Great Recession may be over for some churches, according to a new survey. Forty-three percent of churches reported a rise in contributions last year; 39 percent saw a decline. Both are improvements over 2009. Someone dropped a $30,000 lottery ticket in the collection plate of a Maryland church. The House voted […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

In the wake of disaster, even proudly secular Japan will be turning toward ancient traditions such as Buddhism and Shintoism, according to CNN and USA Today. Christians in Japan continue to look for survivors, as U.S.-based religious relief organizations began to send teams to the devastated nation. In other news, the Vatican kicked off its […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

After the Supreme Court ruled that Fred Phelps can go around saying that God hates everyone except him, we expected the Supremes’ 8-1 decision to get a test run outside the White House at radical British cleric Anjem Choudary‘s “Shariah 4 America” rally. Choudary postponed the rally, saying he was told it wasn’t a good […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

As Newt Gingrich appears poised to launch a 2012 bid for the White House, the NYT says he remains dogged by questions over his two divorces, even as he emphasizes his conversion to Catholicism. Speaking of Catholic converts, CT sits down with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for a chit-chat on faith and politics. Looking back […]

COMMENTARY: The relatives we wish we didn’t have

Dick Staub |

(RNS) In an age not given to nuance, the undiscerning among us conclude that all Muslims are radical terrorists intent on waging a war against America. They also fail to make distinctions between different kinds of Christians. Unfortunately when it comes to religion, none of us gets to choose our representatives. It’s what I saw […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

A Catholic hospital in Chicago is the first in the nation to offer services to stop an abortion already in progress for women who change their mind. Iowa’s Catholic bishops are pushing for a voter referendum to upend the unanimous 2009 decision by the state Supreme Court that legalized gay marriage; they also want “whatever […]