Religious matters are increasingly in the news. There are the controversies over abuse in the Catholic Church, eruptions of European anti-Semitism in the wake of Arab-Israeli violence, and solemn arguments about the nature of Islam in the wake of 9/11, among others.
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July 10, 2002
July 8, 2002
Eighteenth-century historian Edward Gibbon wrote of the Antonines' Rome: "The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.
July 3, 2002
I recently rediscovered notes I had scribbled in church on a bulletin dated "Independence Day, 1971."
June 27, 2002
With the recent release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on video and DVD, it is an apt moment to review the religious reaction to last fall's two major film releases, the Harry Potter movie and the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
June 24, 2002
Last week John J. DiIulio, Jr., who momentarily was director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, issued an angry manifesto. He foresees a "New Civil Rights Struggle." Read him on the editorial page of the The Wall Street Journal, (June 20), a site that will tilt some toward acceptance of his case and lead others to keep their guard up.
June 13, 2002
We have entered a very holy season in the Christian South. The weeks between Mother's Day and Father's Day have come to occupy a semi-sacred status. It is not just about motherhood and fatherhood. Churches use the season to celebrate and promote a vision of the ideal family. This idyllic image of family features Dad at work, Mom at home, and children playing blissfully around the hearth.
June 10, 2002
"Conservatives Decry Ruling on Kid Porn," read a Religion News Service headline in May 22-29 issue of HYPERLINK "http://www.christiancentury.org/" The Christian Century identifying Christian conservative groups as main critics of the recent U. S. Supreme Court decision, 6-3, against the Child Pornography Prevention Act. Evangelicals were once again front-liners on this.
June 6, 2002
Since the predominantly Muslim republics of Central Asia gained independence from the former Soviet Union, their citizens have been exploring the public expression of religious practices that once had to be kept away from the scrutiny of the state.
June 3, 2002
I attended two fiftieth reunions with fellow seminary alumni last weekend, having Masters of Divinity diplomas from both Concordia in St. Louis and utheran in Chicago. At the former I was chosen to speak to all alumni on social change in the new 21st century." The final part had to do with he condition of society.
May 30, 2002
"Do not let your hearts be troubled." I recently heard my parish priest read Jesus' words from the Gospel, and apply them to the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church. I found that I was not persuaded. Of course, I accept the idea that ultimately and fundamentally, Christ is in charge of his church.
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