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August 13, 1998 | TOM GORMAN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the beginning, there was disappointment--the Great Disappointment, as the faithful of the Seventh-day Adventist Church would come to call it. It happened on a brilliant Maine day in the fall of 1844. A sickly teenage prophetess named Ellen G. White, the church's scriptural architect, waited with her brethren for Jesus Christ's predicted return. When he failed to materialize, White urged her disheartened followers to cherish the surety that such a day indeed would dawn.
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October 13, 2001 | From Associated Press
The first Gallup poll on religion after Sept. 11 provided more evidence that faith has gained importance in the lives of Americans since the terrorist attacks. In the survey conducted Sept. 21-22, 64% of respondents said religion was "very important." The only time that percentage was higher was in 1965, when 70% gave the same response. In addition, 47% said they had attended church or synagogue during the preceding week, compared with 41% in two previous 2001 polls.
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June 6, 1991 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
As mainline churches try to reconcile notions of modern sexuality with Bible-based traditions, controversies are brewing over whether sexual "thou shalt nots" should be changed to "maybe thou can." "Sexuality is as powerful an issue now as slavery was in the 19th Century," says the Rev. Marvin Ellison Jr., an ethics professor who helped draft a tradition-flouting report that urges greater sexual freedom for Presbyterians. "There's no question about it," agrees pollster George Gallup Jr.
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July 21, 2001 | AARON ZITNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 50 ethics scholars have signed a letter asking President Bush to support medical research using cells from human embryos, and 61 U.S. senators went on record Friday as supporting the research. "We urge you not to close this door on what might be a critical path to the human future," said the ethicists' letter, which was signed by scholars of Lutheran, Baptist, Jewish, Catholic and other faiths.
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February 28, 1992 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Funmaker surveys his congregation, a circle of bare-chested inmates squeezed into a low, beehive-shaped structure behind the wire and watchtowers of Chino state prison. The former convict-turned-spiritual adviser sees a vista of scars, tattoos and serious faces studded with dark eyes. Funmaker nods, satisfied that everyone is primed for the coming rite of fire and water. He speaks briefly to the group, stressing that favorable portents bless the gathering.
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June 19, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wave of confession and repentance for past sins, some of them the racist evils of decades or centuries ago, is sweeping Christianity worldwide. It reaches from the Pope, who wants Catholicism to openly repent its historical transgressions before the next millennium begins, to hundreds of German Christians who gathered recently in Holland to apologize for the atrocities of the Nazi era.
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June 5, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court Monday opened the doors of public high schools to prayer and Bible reading, ruling that secondary schools that allow extracurricular activities on campus must also permit religious students to meet for prayer. On an 8-1 vote, the court said that religious clubs may meet as long as the groups are student-sponsored. Attorneys for Christian evangelicals said that the ruling will stop discrimination against religious students in the public schools.
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January 3, 1998 | From Religion News Service
Barry Lynn likes Nativity scenes. "I like going by churches that have fancy Nativity scenes and live Nativity scenes," Lynn said. "It's a neat thing. I've been known to stop the car and say, 'Whoa, let's look at that Nativity scene.' But I don't want Nativity scenes on the courthouse lawn."
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July 16, 1999 | ART PINE and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House passed a measure Thursday intended to protect individuals and religious organizations from having to obey state and local laws, such as zoning ordinances, that might interfere with their religious practices.
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January 15, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
As the nation settles into the year 2000 and fears of the apocalypse are temporarily put to rest, theologians and church leaders have begun asking a new question. Where is religion headed in the 21st century? If the most recently released polls on religious data are to be believed, faith may be finding a more convenient home outside the traditional walls of the church.
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July 16, 2001 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
Maybe, at most, $400 million a year in grants are at stake as President Bush decides whether to permit federal funding for research into embryonic stem cells. The tax cut bill that Congress approved this spring committed about 250 times as much federal money a year. But the stem cell debate has inspired much stronger emotions than the tax cut ever did. It's a sign of the times. U.S. politics today increasingly divides along lines of values rather than interests.
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July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
Mosques in America are generally places with a growing community of believers that have a vital spiritual life and offer social services to the faithful. So says the leader of the first comprehensive survey of Islam in the United States. Ihsan Bagby of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., led a project in which the leaders of 416 of America's roughly 1,200 mosques were interviewed last year. Today, an estimated 6 million to 7 million Americans consider themselves orthodox Muslims.
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July 2, 2001 | From Reuters
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft addressed an annual religious patriotic rally at Des Moines' largest church Sunday, describing how the first Cabinet meeting he attended opened with a prayer and praising President Bush as a leader who welcomed prayer. Ashcroft, the son of a minister, delivered a half-hour speech laced with scripture, jokes and anecdotes to the Honor America program, an annual event sponsored by four Des Moines evangelical churches and held at First Federated Church, the city's largest.
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June 30, 2001 | Religion News Service
About a quarter of Americans have a strong belief that Satan is real, and Mormons are most likely to accept that he is more than a mere symbol of evil, Barna Research Group reports. Researchers found that 27% of those polled strongly believe that Satan is real. Fifty-nine percent of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe Satan is real, while about one-fifth of Catholics, Episcopalians and Methodists think so.
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June 16, 2001 | Associated Press
The chief policy-making body of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to recommend lifting a ban on ordaining homosexual clergy. The measure to remove the ban from the church's Book of Order, or constitution, was approved 317-208 by the General Assembly of the nation's sixth-largest Protestant denomination. The measure still must be ratified by a majority of the church's 173 presbyteries, or regional legislatures, over the next year.
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April 28, 2001 | Religion News Service
A former Cleveland police chaplain who was fired in 1995 for making derogatory comments about other religions has resigned from a committee advising congressional Republicans on faith-based issues. The resignation of Bishop J. Delano Ellis, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Cleveland, averted a conflict with Jewish committee members. It came as Republicans are trying to showcase support for the Bush administration's faith-based initiative and opponents are gearing up to fight it.
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October 5, 1997 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The great wave of Christian fundamentalism that has been building in small towns and cities across America for more than a decade surged into the nation's capital Saturday as the evangelical men's movement called Promise Keepers staged one of the largest religious rallies in the history of the United States.
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May 20, 1992 | JOHN DART
Evangelical Christian and Jewish leaders Tuesday night opened a three-day conference designed to establish national contacts between the two religious groups that share affections for Israel but sometimes clash over attempts to convert Jews to Christianity. The invitation-only meeting at the Valley Hilton will hear plenary speeches today from Rabbi A.
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December 23, 2000 | Associated Press
The nomination of Joseph Lieberman, an observant Jew, as a candidate for vice president of the United States was the year's top religion story, according to a survey of religion reporters. However, Lieberman ranked second to Pope John Paul as "religion newsmaker of the year."
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September 5, 2000 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The nation's two largest ecumenical organizations are positioning themselves for a radical realignment that could bring liberal and conservative churches together in common social causes and lead to the disbanding of the venerable National Council of Churches. Traditionally, churches in the United States have been divided. Old-line Protestant churches, along with Anglican, Orthodox and African American denominations, have belonged to the National Council of Churches. The National Assn.
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