(RNS) For decades, Psalm 139 has been a byword of the anti-abortion movement that has used its line about being “knit together in my mother's womb.” Now, its other verse about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” has been embraced by gay and lesbian Christians. By David Van Biema
Articles tagged “Jesus”
NEW YORK (RNS) Tim Tebow is Howdy Doody in a helmet, Opie Taylor running for touchdowns — while reciting Bible verses, stopping to find a lost dog, visiting sick children in a hospital and helping a little old lady across the street, all before he reaches the end zone. By Kevin Manahan.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) Christopher McGarvey is a recent seminary graduate, a cantor at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church and the brains behind the What Would Jesus Brew class — part of a yearlong Heavenly Homebrew Competition of church teams brewing individual beers for a fall event benefitting a hospice center. By Amanda Greene.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) The posthumous Mormon baptism of slain journalist Daniel Pearl shows that it's not just the proxy “baptism” of Holocaust victims that is problematic. Because of Judaism's communal sense of identity, performing this ritual for any Jews without their community's consent, raises basic questions of fairness and respect. By Philip A. Cunningham.
(RNS) The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is laying off 10 percent of its staff as it makes Internet evangelism a priority. By Adelle M. Banks.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As Mitt Romney presses his White House bid, many Americans don't realize that his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP, and how its first candidates won by whipping up anti-Mormon sentiments. By Thomas Burr.
(RNS) As Southern Baptist Convention leaders recently weighed changing their denomination’s name, they were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. Here are some of the more intriguing rejects. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Religion's enemy isn't government. If anything, the American system has bent over backwards to protect religion from the accountability, fairness and justice that are expected of other citizens. No, religion's enemy — if it has one — is itself. By Tom Ehrich.