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June 24, 1990 | Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos
What is Scientology? Not even the vast majority of Scientologists can fully answer the question. In the Church of Scientology, there is no one book that comprehensively sets forth the religion's beliefs in the fashion of, say, the Bible or the Koran. Rather, Scientology's theology is scattered among the voluminous writings and tape-recorded discourses of the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who founded the religion in the early 1950s.
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October 20, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The chief financial officer of the School of Theology at Claremont has admitted taking $269,000 in seminary funds for personal use over a 14-month period, United Methodist Church officials said Monday. John W. Kirkman, business manager and comptroller for the Methodist-related seminary, said in a written statement dated Sept. 22 that he misappropriated the funds between July 1, 1986 and Aug. 31, 1987, according to United Methodist Bishop Jack M. Tuell, a member of the school's Board of Trustees.
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June 13, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Isabel Rogers, a Christian ethicist from Richmond, Va., and the newly elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA), said her denomination should not back away from its theological positions to stem a four-year drop in membership. Presbyterian delegates were told at the start of their annual convention here this week that the denomination had 3,016,488 members last year, a drop of 40,738 from the previous year and almost 200,000 less than in 1983. Rogers defeated the Rev.
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July 16, 1988 | From Religious News Service
The Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board has asked a newly appointed missionary to resign because of what the board called a lack of clarity in his views on the deity, miracles and resurrection of Christ. The Rev. Michael E. Willett was asked to resign in June, two months after he was appointed by the board to serve as a seminary teacher in Venezuela. He submitted his resignation June 18 but rescinded it in a July 7 telephone call to the mission board in Richmond, Va.
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February 19, 2005 | Veronica Torrejon, Times Staff Writer
As candlelight cast a lounge-like glow, college students on a recent Thursday night filled their cups from an icy keg of beer and chewed over peanuts, pretzels -- and God. It may not be the traditional model for an informed theological discourse. But organizers of "Theology on Tap" at USC say the setting allows students to socialize and debate the merits of such topics as the Apostle Paul's teachings on sexual morality or the place alcohol has in modern Christian life.
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February 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
At long last, those biblical kinfolk, Jews and Christians, are getting together for extended, concentrated examination of each other's religious beliefs. The project is described as their first for regular interchange that is focused on theological concepts. "There hasn't been any mechanism for it, no organization doing it," said Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the new Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, based at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
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August 20, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Narrowing a major divide that has separated Roman Catholics and Lutherans since the 16th century, the nation's largest Lutheran church on Tuesday endorsed a joint declaration on how humans are saved from eternal damnation. Both churches called the move a major ecumenical step on the eve of a new millennium as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America overwhelmingly approved the declaration on a 958-25 vote in Philadelphia.
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December 22, 1990 | From Religious News Service
As environmental issues captured the world's attention in 1990, religious groups brought their theological insights to the cause by focusing on the responsibility to preserve and protect God's creation. In doing so, religious bodies continued their move away from classic views of creation that set humankind and nature against one another by stressing the biblical call for humans to have "dominion" over nature. Pope John Paul II opened the year with a message for the Jan.
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December 16, 1998 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the years, Jewish fathers and mothers kept asking Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso how to teach their children about God. The rabbi pulled out a pen and legal pad and got to work. Five books later, her religious stories for children have moved beyond Jewish nursery shelves and synagogue libraries and into Protestant Sunday schools and Roman Catholic bestseller lists. All because Sasso answers the hard questions in ways that anyone can understand.
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June 19, 2002 | MIKE ANTON and WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Bill Faris believes in hell, that frightful nether world where the thermostat is always set on high, where sinners toil for eternity in unspeakable torment. But you'd never know it listening to him preach at his south Orange County evangelical church. He never mentions the topic; his flock shows little interest in it. "It isn't sexy enough anymore," said Faris, pastor of Crown Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
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