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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.
February 25, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
Things started heating up inside skid row's Central City Community Church of the Nazarene moments after its doors opened for Sunday morning services of gospel music, prayer and redemption. Members of the church band, Skid Row Praise, sang, swayed and clapped hard and fast to the pounding of voices, percussion, organ, guitar and saxophone. Dozens of men and women, many of them homeless, danced in the aisles. Even Senior Pastor Jeffrey R. Thomas, 46, was rocking side to side when he stepped up to the pulpit, reveling in the unbridled energy.
October 11, 2009 | Jack Miles, Miles is distinguished professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine and general editor of the forthcoming "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
The Evolution of God Robert Wright Little, Brown: 576 pp. $25.99 The Case for God Karen Armstrong Alfred A. Knopf: 432 pp., $27.95 Until the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick, prehistory was entirely the province of paleontologists and archaeologists. "But in the past few years," Nicholas Wade wrote in his 2006 book, "Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors" (a work praised by Watson himself, among many others)
May 25, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Noel Snyder, who is studying at Fuller Theological Seminary to be a Presbyterian minister, was doing homework in a cozy, light-filled second-floor nook of the Pasadena school's new library. It's a great place to read, he said, and nearby are shelf after shelf of the books he needs to research potential sermons. "I used to study at home, but now it's easier to concentrate and focus here," said Snyder, 28, a Michigan native.
February 7, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Who could have foreseen what would happen between the Mormon filmmaker and the lesbian priest? Not Douglas Hunter, even after he took a leap of faith and trained his camera on the Rev. Susan Russell. And maybe not even Russell, who had undergone a remarkable transformation from onetime suburban soccer mom to priest and outspoken champion of gay rights.
An unexpected air of nostalgia permeates the opening minutes of "God on Trial," which premieres on "Masterpiece Contemporary" at 9 p.m. Sunday. Not, of course, for its subject -- a legendary court held at Auschwitz to determine if the Holocaust proved that God had broken his covenant with Israel -- but for its structure.
July 27, 2008 | Marc Kaufman, Washington Post
In 1996, a meteorite from Mars found in Antarctica was reported to contain what could be fossilized remains of living organisms. That led then-Vice President Al Gore to convene a meeting of scientists, religious leaders and journalists to discuss the implications of a possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. Gore walked into the room armed with questions on notecards but, according to MIT physicist and associate provost Claude R. Canizares, he put them down and asked this first question: What would such a discovery mean to people of faith?
July 1, 2008 | Ron Csillag, Religion News Service
To millions of fans, he's the Boss, the troubadour of the American heartland who finds nobility in the grind of daily life. Across 35 years in dozens of rock anthems, including "Born to Run," "Glory Days" and "Born in the U.S.A.," Bruce Springsteen has chronicled lost souls, haunted war veterans, gritty factory workers and highways jammed with broken heroes -- but he has also advanced themes of redemption, hope and keeping the faith. It's been a rich vein of spiritual motifs, and the politically progressive 58-year-old singer-songwriter has given voice to society's dispossessed.
May 24, 2008 | Gabriel Schoenfeld, Gabriel Schoenfeld is senior editor of Commentary magazine.
ONE OF THE least noticed and most peculiar campaign promises made by Barack Obama is his pledge, if elected president, to "secure all loose nuclear materials in the world within four years." Without doubt that is a laudable goal, but one is left wondering how exactly he expects to accomplish it in four years, or even, for that matter, in 40.
April 2, 2008 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The Mormon Church has to be among the most outgoing on Earth; in recent years its leaders have reached out to, among others, Latinos, Koreans, Catholics and Jews. One of the most enthusiastic responses, however, has come from what some might consider a surprising source: U.S. Muslims. "We are very aware of the history of Mormons as a group that was chastised in America," says Maher Hathout, a senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles.
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