(RNS) For 50 years, hundreds of thousands of seekers have come to the Esalen Institute, the incubator of East-meets-West spirituality, looking for news ways to bring together body and soul. Now, the spiritual mecca is facing a bitter dispute over its future, and like the countless pilgrims who have come here, Esalen now faces its own midlife crisis. By Don Lattin.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (RNS) Andrew Bowen isn't Muslim, or Hindu, or Baha'i, or Mormon. In fact, he's none of the 12 faiths he practiced for a month at a time during 2011. Finding faith in God again was not Bowen's aim; he was looking for faith in humanity. By Amanda Greene.
(RNS) The Iowa caucuses revived Rick Santorum’s underdog presidential campaign. Now an influential assortment of Christian conservatives has moved to consecrate it. On Saturday (Jan. 14), the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania sewed up the endorsement from a coalition of prominent national evangelical leaders. And he has basked in the glow of their affirmation. “Every […]
As they have every year since moving to the White House, President Obama and the first family spent part of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a historically black church in D.C. Speaking of MLK, the Interior Department says they’ll fix the quote on his National Mall memorial. Maya Angelou says the current quote, […]
(RNS) On Dec. 21, 2012, the Mayan calendar reaches the end of its 5,126 epoch. That’s a cause of consternation among some end-times adherents, and amusement among some descendants of the Maya. Fresh from having survived one end-of-the-world prediction — a two-stage affair covering 2011’s drop-dead dates of May 21 and Oct. 21 — we […]
Just in from Switzerland: No proof for the existence of God, or at least his Particle. Dang. Only hints, scientists say, of the existence of the Higgs boson subatomic particle, a.k.a. the God particle (that’s not it, at left), so-called because it would explain a lot of things, like how the universe could exist. Actually, […]
In Face-Melting News: Hey, remember the Ark of the covenant? You know, the thing from the Bible? No? Okay, you know that thing that melts people’s faces off in the first Indiana Jones movie? Yeah, that. Well it looks like people may have actually found the Ark of the Covenant (but probably not). Let’s hope […]
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI will make his second papal trip to Africa on Friday (Nov. 18), visiting the West African country of Benin for three days, where he is likely to address economic justice, peace-building and interfaith dialogue. During Mass at a stadium in the city of Cotonou on Sunday, Benedict will present […]
Tuesday appeared to be a good day for liberals, as Mississippi’s personhood amendment, Ohio’s anti-union initiative and Maine’s voting registration restrictions all failed at the ballot box. All three had been opposed by the religious left. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, tossing out a claim that […]
SALEM, Mass. (RNS) For centuries, scholars have wondered how a farming village in 1692 could have become so hysterically anxious that magistrates would order 20 executions for crimes of witchcraft. Now a new documentary film about the infamous Salem Witch Trials is stirring fresh debate by heaping blame on the local minister, the Rev. Samuel […]