CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2006 |
It's often said of academics, but for J. Gordon Melton it's true: He really does have an encyclopedic mind. After all, Melton is the author of the Encyclopedia of American Religions, the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology and the Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena. Then, for fun, there's "The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead." "It's my little niche," Melton said. Actually, it's a big niche.
April 30, 2004 |
In a small room, well away from the street so that no one hears the screams, Father Gabriele Amorth does battle with Satan. He is a busy man. As the Vatican's top exorcist, Amorth performs the mysterious, ancient ritual dozens of times a week. A confused world engulfed in tragedy and chaos is turning increasingly to black magic, the occult and fortune-telling, he said, proof that the devil and his handmaidens are having a field day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2003 |
Fortuneteller Sabrina Mitchell looks into her crystal ball and sees trouble ahead. Supervisors here passed a controversial new law last week to license a much-maligned industry that offers psychic solutions and cosmic guidance to customers, from lonely hearts to those obsessed with their futures. The ordinance applies to a broad range of practitioners, such as tarot card and palm readers and those who practice Chinese I-Ching and those who decipher Turkish coffee grounds.
December 27, 2002 |
Prosecutors here have opened an investigation into whether the "Harry Potter" series of children's books incites religious hatred, an official said. The investigation was started at the request of a Moscow woman who was upset by the novels, said Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the Moscow city prosecutor's office. Petrenko gave no further details on the complaint.
December 21, 2000 |
Dracula is back. So is Count Orlock. And Lestat. Plus Nick the slacker and Queen Akasha and Jeri Ryan as a bloodsucking concubine. Call them what you will, dress them in jeans or tuxedos or gowns with plunging necklines, vampires are once again in the air, swarming their way to darkened cinemas this Christmas season and well into next year. Not that they've ever really gone away.
January 24, 1999 |
James Van Praagh promises us one hell of a heaven. It's a place with forests and flowers and lakes and boats, and beautiful mansions, too. It's a place where the aged return to their prime and where the young, struck down too soon, can grow into theirs. It's a place where amputees find their limbs restored and those blown to bits in a plane crash become whole again. OK, heavy smokers may still be battling their addiction and the mentally ill may need some counseling.