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ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Parents give us life. In return, if chronology is respected, we watch them die. Out of this human trial, Bill Cain, author of "Equivocation" and "9 Circles," has created an autobiographical drama about the last year of his mother's life. A time of illness, old family grievances, a mountain of love and the challenge of coming to terms. It's not easy to criticize a play like "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," now at South Coast Repertory in a production directed by Kent Nicholson and starring SCR favorite Linda Gehringer as the dying matriarch.
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February 16, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
To start their morning Sunday, about 20 Jews attended a Mechitza Minyan service in a ballroom of a Costa Mesa hotel, praying in Hebrew, with separate seating for men and women. A few doors down, a group wearing sweat pants and T-shirts began their day by breathing deeply and twisting their bodies in a class titled "My Body, My Temple: Yoga for the Jewish Soul." A couple of hours later, a third group engaged in a discussion about Israel's national security agenda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1991
You ran a couple of stories about (former Air Force) Lt. John Dickinson, the Amnesty International prisoner of conscience who spent the past year locked up for his refusal to participate in the slaughter of Iraq. I would like to add a couple tidbits of information that I find very confusing. John Dickinson is a gentle, caring man of peace, a teacher who loves his students and was willing to give up his livelihood, his family and his freedom to be true to his belief in peace and his abhorrence of war. But the military was (angry)
OPINION
March 18, 2007
Re "Reading, writing and Revelation," Opinion, March 14 As concerned as Stephen Prothero might be about the current rate of biblical illiteracy, which anthropologists call religious reductionism, there is no reason public schools (and taxpayers) must pick up the slack for the failings of Christian parents using the guise of Western literacy and societal morality as an argument to favor promotion of this particular religion. Christianity and other religions do not have a lock on literacy, morality or truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1990
The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV), replacing a 1952 edition used widely by mainline Protestant, Episcopal and Eastern Orthodox churches, incorporates wording that reflects improved understanding of ancient linguistics and culture, scholars say. Translators also sought greater clarity and to substitute gender-inclusive terms for masculine references. Genesis 1:26 RSV: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image. . . . " NRSV: Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1990
Contrary to the statements in Phillips' article, the Bible neither condones nor accepts homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. The Scripture references in your article were not represented accurately and do not begin to cover the full scope to which the subject is addressed. Interpreting the Bible isn't a game. God's purpose is not to draw boundaries and say who is in or out. He is not waiting to strike us down when we step over the line. We have a free will and can do what we want, but we also have a reference point to do what we should.
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July 2, 2000
Re "Random Verses Don't Reveal Bible's Meaning," June 24: Thank you for William Lobdell's Getting Religion column. Many of us who have been through the "religious" crusade against nonwhites that began before our own Civil War of the 19th century, and/or through the anti-woman piety that even today exists, have long been aware of Rabbi Martin Cohen's remark about "the notion that you can get at the innermost meaning of Scripture by picking verses...
NEWS
February 28, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
The tradition probably began sometime in 1908, when a group of traveling Christian salesmen left the first Bibles in a Midwestern hotel as solace for other road-weary journeyers. Today, stocked in an estimated 95% of the nation's 2.5 million hotel and motel rooms, the Bible has become as much a fixture as color TV and miniature soap. But leaders of a national atheist organization based in Madison, Wis., say the Good Book is one amenity they can do without.
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November 18, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays - and turned down 1,960 of them. The rejects were an "amorphous goo" of confusing plot lines and poorly developed characters that often caused him to close his office door at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and go to sleep. But eventually he figured out what distinguished the winners from the losers. The answer was crystallized in "Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting," Field's 1979 bestseller that today remains the bible of scriptwriters.
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September 25, 1993 | From Associated Press
In the beginning, the Earth was a fashion misfit and the Garden of Eden's serpent was one bad dude. Cain wasted Abel and Noah was one cool brother. So goes P. K. McCary's new slang version of the Bible, one in which the Houston author aims to inspire hope in young blacks dispirited by poverty and violence. The Scripture according to the Black Bible Chronicles is lean, sinewy and street-savvy. In slang, it's bad.
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