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November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
About six in 10 Americans say they read the Bible at least occasionally, but that number is down considerably over the last two decades, according to a Gallup poll. The October survey found 59% saying they read the Bible. Surveys in the 1980s found that 73% said they did so. The number of those saying they read the Bible weekly or more often dropped only slightly, from 40% in 1990 to 37% now.
November 21, 1998 | REGINA HONG
Buena Park and Garden Grove have joined more than 70 cities in Southern California in recognizing National Bible Week, which begins Sunday. Sponsored by the New York-based National Bible Assn., the week "is simply to encourage everyone to read the Bible," said Robert Saul, executive vice president of the nondenominational group, which was formed in 1941.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
February 7, 1998 | From Times wire services
A 30-year practice allowing school employees in Sumter, S.C., to distribute the New Testament to students who requested it has ended amid concerns over separation of church and state. The practice, sponsored by Gideons International, came under district scrutiny after a parent complained last fall. Supt. Andrena Ray said that if school officials were involved in handing out religious material, they could be personally liable for violating the Constitution.
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