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A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists. (The New York Times)
Terry Eagleton: A Late-Life Return to Religion
In his new book, Culture and the Death of God (Yale, Mar.), Eagleton goes beyond his critique of the New Atheism to illustrate the ways in which theology raises foundational questions in a culture where political science, linguistic philosophy, and positivist science have run away from such questions.
Danish philosopher's tough ideas adapted for kids
As Denmark celebrates the philosopher's 200th birthday on Sunday, Marie Moeller has found her version of "Either/Or" — featuring strobe lights, rave music and child-size puppets — being performed in schools across the country (Associated Press)
Pat Boone family: Faith sustained us through tragedy
Prayer and, at times, medical marijuana have proved essential for Lindy Boone Michaelis as she cares for her son, who was severely injured in a three-story fall through a skylight a dozen years ago (Today, NBC)
Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless rejected by two prominent churches
It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie on grates and in doorways, is Jesus. It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject, whose face is draped and barely visible, as Jesus the Homeless. (Toronto Star)
Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist - The Daily Beast
The problem with Bale’s attitude to Moses is that it’s anachronistically modern. He turned to an ancient collection of religious texts—texts build on the premise that human events are manipulated by supernatural forces—and decided to evaluate it using modern concepts: freedom fighter, terrorist, schizophrenia. In a world in which everyone believes in the supernatural, there’s nothing certifiable about talking to God. At least, no crazier than someone today trying to diagnose the psychological state of a character in a three thousand-year-old book.
Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood
Yet, despite its A-list razzle dazzle, "Left Behind" was produced outside of Hollywood's traditional orbit. The man primarily responsible for bringing it to the big screen is Paul Lalonde, a Canadian filmmaker who co-produced and co-wrote it. His Ontario-based production company, Stoney Lake Entertainment, is part of an emerging nexus of movie studios that are devoted to creating Christian films.
The Guardian, ACLU sue for greater media access to executions - The Washington Post
This lawsuit specifically cites Oklahoma’s botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett in April. Witnesses were not able to see the entirety of what happened, as they were unable to watch Lockett’s final minutes. The media, and therefore the public, “received only government-edited access to an important government proceeding,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Religion and soccer: Shooting for heaven | The Economist
Anyway, if the governing body expects to keep one of humanity's strongest collective impulses, religion, entirely separate from one of its favourite collective activities, soccer, then it is wasting its breath. That seems to be the conclusion of a French sports writer, Nicolas Vilas, who has just published (in French) the results of a three-year investigation into the links between faith and football, in France and elsewhere in Europe.
At Liberty, FBS dreams and a high-resource reality : USA Today
In the middle of a $500 million makeover of this campus, which sprouted up from the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in 1971 under the name Lynchburg Baptist College and endured nearly 40 years of financial hardships and political controversies attached to its late founder Jerry Falwell Sr., are a sparkling set of new athletic facilities that touch nearly all of Liberty's 20 varsity sports.
What ever happened to Rob Bell, the pastor who questioned the gates of hell?
Now, the man who built a church of an estimated 10,000 people isn’t even attending an organized church. Instead, he surfs the waves near Hollywood and has teamed up with the goddess of pop theology, Oprah Winfrey.Exchanging his evangelical bona fides for the blessing of Oprah may yet prove to be his most unforgivable sin, at least in some circles. Which is not to say that Bell cares very much what anyone says these days.