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February 21, 2012
Now that he's surging in the polls, Rick Santorum is finding that his eccentric and often outrageous views are being subjected to new scrutiny - so much so that the former Pennsylvania senator is becoming accustomed to walking back some of his more extreme utterances. For example, confronted with a 2005 book in which he condemned feminists for a "misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect," Santorum insisted that he wasn't saying that a woman's place was in the home but only that he thought women's choices should be respected.
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Nicole Teeny's first feature-length documentary unveils a little-known subculture, one that combines the Good Book with good old-fashioned competitiveness. But the National Bible Quiz Championship, with its teams of Scripture-spouting teens, isn't the main event in "Bible Quiz. " A smart, funny and disarming 17-year-old girl is the heart of this low-key charmer of a coming-of-age story. The intimate film, a prize winner at the Slamdance Film Festival, revolves around the experience of Mikayla Irle, a tomboyish 12th-grader with family troubles who finds a sense of belonging on a Bible Quiz team in Tacoma, Wash.
July 16, 1988 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Father Charles E. Curran, the moral theologian banned by the Vatican from teaching theology at Catholic universities, will teach the subject at USC during the 1988-1989 school year. Curran, one of the best-known contemporary U.S.
March 23, 2014
Re "These claims shouldn't have a prayer," Opinion, March 18, and "Religious rights in a for-profit world," Opinion, March 19 Both these compelling Op-Ed articles allude to conundrums that inevitably arise from allowing religious beliefs to trump common sense. It's regrettable that the Obama administration exempted churches and some religious organizations from providing employee health insurance that covers contraception. But had that legal bone not been thrown to Christian legislators, the Affordable Car Act - enacted by the narrowest of margins - probably would not have survived.
December 21, 2003
I commend you for publishing the extensive article on Fuller Theological Seminary, and in doing so revealing Pasadena's best-kept secret ("Jesus With a Genius Grant," by Alan Rifkin, Nov. 23). As a former student and now a member of the faculty for close to three decades, I found the piece fascinating and futuristic, while tending more toward a clever parody than an authentic profile. The genius of Fuller is not so much its ability to balance exotic philosophy, ideological ethics and artsy dialogue with contemporary culture.
May 16, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of the Claremont School of Theology will announce Monday the gift of $40 million from an Arizona couple to help expand the Christian divinity institution into a university that will include training for Jewish and Muslim clergy. The donation from David Lincoln, a Claremont trustee, and his wife, Joan, is the largest ever to the 126-year-old theology school, which enrolls about 240 students in master's and doctorate programs in religion and counseling. The couple also gave $10 million to the school last year.
March 15, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Like many Americans, Doug Pagitt grew up outside the world of organized religion. Neither his parents nor his grandparents were churchgoers, and there was no expectation that he would be any different. Today, with his goatee, ear stud and funky clothes, he could easily pass for the sort of Gen X hipster who lives an entirely secular life. But at 17, Pagitt saw a Passion play that hit him like a thunderbolt, and he wound up becoming a Christian pastor. His church in Minneapolis, Solomon's Porch, is blazing a trail in a new movement that could be called Church 2.0. That was, in fact, one of the terms used last week during a three-day conference about the future of American Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology.
July 4, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
San Fernando Mission and Laurel Canyon boulevards in Pacoima is a popular spot for "cruisers" in sleek, customized cars who hang out at fast-food outlets on weekends. The cruisers draw "born-again" Christian missionaries, who have made a personal crusade of spreading the gospel among young people who congregate there.
February 23, 2012
Santorum's theology Re "The over-the-top Santorum," Editorial, Feb. 21 Rick Santorum's attempts to explain away his use of the word "theology" as a generic word meaning "belief system" might fly if he had left out the Bible tie-in. That inclusion, coupled with his repeated campaign promises to weaken the separation of church and state, argues that he is a nimble, slick guy who has at least two faces: the tea party evangelical and the moderate family guy. The Times wrote that Santorum "should perhaps have realized that accusing the president of embracing an unbiblical 'theology' would be interpreted as a nod" to the canard that President Obama is a Muslim.
April 8, 1987 | United Press International
The leaders of religious Judaism's three major rabbinical bodies called Tuesday for an end to the theological wars being waged in the American Jewish community and for cooperation on matters of mutual concern.
February 6, 2014 | By Michael McGough
A United Nations committee made headlines this week when it released a report criticizing the Vatican - a nation-state as well as the center of Roman Catholicism - for allowing priests to abuse tens of thousands of children over the years. The report issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child also urged a new commission established by Pope Francis to order an independent investigation of all abuse cases and establish clear rules for the mandatory reporting of abuse to police.
January 1, 2014 | Elaine Woo
For Ian Barbour, the deadly possibilities of the Atomic Age raised questions that science couldn't answer - a perplexing situation for a young physicist after World War II. He responded to the challenge in an unusual way: After completing his doctorate in physics he enrolled in divinity school and forged a career devoted to bridging the chasm between science and religion. Barbour, whose work opened a new academic field and brought him the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion died at a hospital in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve, five days after a stroke, said his son, John Barbour.
August 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
August 5, 2013 | By Michael McGough
A Roman Catholic girls high school in Glendora has fired a teacher after he married his male partner and photos of the wedding were published in a local newspaper. According to St. Lucy's Priory High School, Ken Bencomo, who had taught at the school for 17 years, had to go because “public displays of behavior that are directly contrary to church teachings are inconsistent with [the schools'] values.” Bencomo's lawyer said his client hopes to resolve the situation without legal action, but he hasn't ruled out filing a lawsuit.
June 11, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, who was recently elected the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's first openly gay bishop, will attend a White House reception Thursday marking LGBT Pride Month, church officials said. Bishop-elect Erwin, a theology and religious history professor who lives in Woodland Hills, was elected last month to a six-year term in the ELCA's Southwest California Synod, which includes the greater Los Angeles area. Ordained two years ago after the church opened the ministry to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in committed relationships, Erwin will take office Sept.
March 13, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became the first pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium in an election that recognized a shift in the Roman Catholic Church's center of gravity while maintaining its conservative theology. The new Pope Francis, the 266th in the church's history, is immediately confronted with daunting challenges. His flock is growing rapidly in some parts of the globe but is disenchanted and shrinking elsewhere.
June 16, 1990 | United Press International
The Cao Dai religious sect is alive and well in communist Vietnam, perhaps because its pantheon of saints includes such diverse theological heavyweights as Confucius, the Buddha and Jesus Christ. The Cao Daist Missionary Church has a theology so eclectic its patron saints also include 19th-Century French novelist Victor Hugo, World War II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc.
February 14, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
A paper written for a recent symposium on "Death and Afterlife" claimed that studies of out-of-body experiences, extrasensory perception and parapsychology provide "impressive evidence for human survival of bodily death." Before discussing that paper, the symposium debated the plausibility of reincarnation. Another eclectic "New Age" conference? A gathering of Shirley MacLaine fans after the network TV miniseries on her metaphysical adventures? No.
February 12, 2013 | By Michael McGough
One of my least favorite pundits is the shrill and self-parodic conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. But Rubin had a point when she criticized “liberal media types” for lecturing the Roman Catholic Church “about the need, you know, to get with the modern world and stop all that fussing about abortion, contraception and women priests.” Rubin asked: “ On what basis do secular journalists assert the authority to lecture...
January 18, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Sigmund Freud considered religion a mass delusion, a sort of group neurosis ideally suited to obsessive types. C.S. Lewis was a literary intellectual who found ways of channeling his devout Christianity into even his nontheological writings, "The Chronicles of Narnia" most famously among them. In "Freud's Last Session," the popular off-Broadway play now at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica starring Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh, playwright Mark St. Germain imagines a meeting between these titans in Freud's London home just as the Second World War is erupting and the father of psychoanalysis is dying a painful death from oral cancer.
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