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November 13, 2005 | Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes the weekly "From the Left Coast" for National Review Online and is a visiting fellow with the Independent Women's Forum.
I REALIZE IT'S HARDER for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a liberal Episcopalian minister to resist attacking Republicans. Still, there's something fantastically disingenuous about the Rev. George Regas' protests that, contrary to what the IRS suspects, he didn't give an impermissibly virulent anti-Bush sermon at All Saints Church in Pasadena a couple of days before the 2004 election.
April 19, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
JERUSALEM - Thousands of people gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday for the lighting of the “holy fire,” an annual ritual marking the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem battled his way through crowds shortly after midday to enter the church's small chapel, where what is believed to be Jesus' tomb is located. Minutes later, the pilgrims inside the small basilica cheered as he emerged carrying two lit bundles of 33 candles each symbolizing the age of Jesus at the time of his death.
October 31, 2008 | Cain Burdeau, Burdeau is a writer for the Associated Press.
It's Halloween, and Anne Rice has a new book -- a memoir in fact -- that's climbing bestseller lists. Everything is normal, then. Normal if it were 1994 -- the height of Rice's mega-selling fame as a queen of Southern Gothic pulp.
April 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta demolished a ranch home that had been donated to the church by Joseph Mitchell, whose aunt Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With The Wind," and spent $2.2 million of the bequest to build himself a Tudor-style mansion.  The project, which began in 2012, sparked outrage among some of the archdiocese's 1 million parishioners when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month in a front-page story reported that...
Bits of papyrus in an Oxford University library may be the oldest fragments of the New Testament Gospels and may even be a contemporary account of the life of Jesus Christ, the London Times reported Saturday. Biblical scholars have traditionally believed that three scraps of text of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, inscribed in Greek, were written in the late 2nd Century, or considerably after Christ's death, which is usually given as AD 33.
Hosanna or heresy? Jesus Christ, the Superstar that is, makes his post-Resurrection debut on a Moscow stage in a black leather jacket, straddling a motorcycle borrowed from the local Soviet militia. The scene could hardly be considered orthodox, either politically or religiously, in the Moscow of old.
January 23, 1994 | RICHARD EDER
The gospel according to Jose Saramago begins with the author contemplating a painting of the Crucifixion and, in a kind of mock gravity, subverting its iconography. Which of the figures is Mary Magdalene? Surely, the one with the plunging neckline; on the other hand, one woman is blond. There is, after all "the popular belief that women with blond hair, whether it be natural or dyed, are the most effective instruments of sin." Then there are the two thieves.
September 7, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
"I'm about to do it for the first time," chirps goofy Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham. "And I'm gonna do it with a girl!" The young man in a white shirt and tie isn't singing about a lusty encounter, but a holy rite of passage in "Baptize Me," a bubbly show tune in the Broadway phenomenon "The Book of Mormon. " "I just died during that part," said Joanna Brooks, author of "The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories From an American Faith," recalling the first time she heard the cast album.
October 5, 1991 | ROGER M. MAHONY
Actions of extremist activist groups within any movement invariably lead to antisocial behavior that is abusive and even violent in nature--and puts them at odds with the rest of society. While we understand the anger, frustration and fear AIDS has inflicted upon the homosexual community, we must view with considerable concern the attacks of groups such as ACT UP that have resulted in desecration of some of our churches, recent personal abuse and disruption of the celebration of our Masses.
May 8, 1988
What are we supposed to call him now--Lt. Col. Jesus Christ? SARA BOYNOFF Pasadena
February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adapted for the big screen from the History Channel miniseries "The Bible," the new film "Son of God" is essentially a feature-length recut of the second half of the series, based on the New Testament. The reedited nature of the movie, which tells the story of Jesus from his birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection, might explain why many film critics are saying "Son of God" feels more like a greatest-hits compilation than a cohesive work. In a review for The Times, Martin Tsai writes , "to its credit, 'Son of God' proves more than a mere watered-down 'The Passion of the Christ.' The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
February 27, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Each week, thousands of Christians gather for prayer and discussion at Liberty University's cavernous Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. One Monday morning in January, they listened to husband-and-wife film producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey pitch their new movie, "Son of God. " About 10,000 students and faculty members watched as the pair behind the hit History channel miniseries "The Bible" showed clips from the film and discussed its...
February 19, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
What would Jesus do if he were on Facebook? Make "A Look Back" video, naturally. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Facebook let users create their own cornball videos featuring their photos, status updates and major life events. Hundreds of millions have done it . There have been many clever spoofs since. Two of my favorites: Walter White's Facebook retrospective or Grand Theft Auto V's meth head Trevor Philips . But this particular intervention from an enterprising YouTube user is certainly the most divine.
December 26, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Kelly Clark, an Oregon attorney who won a nearly $20-million judgment for a sex abuse victim against the Boy Scouts of America and forced the organization to release secrets on pedophiles contained in its so-called perversion files, has died. He was 56. A resident of Portland, Ore., Clark died Dec. 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said Paul Mones, Clark's friend and co-counsel in the case. Doctors were in the process of diagnosing Clark's condition when he died. Clark was one of the most prominent American attorneys who fought for childhood victims of sexual abuse - bringing and winning cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America.
October 18, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Cemeteries have always intrigued me, since the time as a young boy when I ran across a freshly dug grave, two teenagers at the bottom of the pit, doing the things teenagers do when they get a little privacy. Since then, I always found cemeteries a little sexy. As kids, we always romped through the nearby graveyard as respectfully as a bunch of 10-year-olds could, chasing rabbits amid the tombstones, playing hide-and-seek. Always thought the spirits probably enjoyed our company, as much as we enjoyed the Huckleberry freedoms that a leafy old cemetery can offer.
October 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
June 17, 1998
I enjoyed your article "Evangelicals Crusading in Mormon Utah" (June 8). I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as such it saddens me to see that Southern Baptists are misled in believing that we do not believe in Jesus Christ. Why would we name our church after Jesus Christ if we did not believe in him? Furthermore who is Mark Coppenger to say who will and will not be saved? Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our religion. Religion-bashing is not a principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
August 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
As a 1st Amendment matter, it's an easy call. A judge in Tennessee was engaging in a forbidden “establishment of religion” when she refused to allow a couple to name their baby Messiah. “The word 'Messiah' is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew told the parents of the 7-month-old boy. The judge came up with a non-messianic alternative: “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” The only reason the judge was involved at all was that the parents couldn't agree on Messiah's last name.
August 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A Tennessee woman named her baby Messiah, but she and the boy's father couldn't agree on whose last name he should bear. So they went to court. Except at a hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew changed Messiah's first name.  "The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," the judge told WBIR-TV , a local...
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