Alice E. Ball, a general secretary of the American Bible Society, is the first woman to be elected chairman of the United Bible Societies Council. The council is the highest policy-making body of a worldwide fellowship of 69 Bible societies. The societies translate, publish, and distribute the Bible in more than 180 countries and territories.
William F. Keucher last month was inaugurated as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. He formerly served as the seminary’s interim president. Keucher is a former president of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. He also served as president of the denomination’s Foreign Mission Society and pastored churches in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Michigan.
Leaders in the Jewish community insist that Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon and his followers are anti-Semitic. The Moonies say such charges are false, and they have revised their scriptures to prove it.
Rabbi A. James Rudin, director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee, has led an attack on the Unification Church and its leader. Rudin said Moon’s Divine Principle, the Bible of the Unification Church, “reveals an orientation of almost unrelieved hostility toward the Jewish people, exemplified in pejorative language, stereotyped imagery, and sweeping accusations of collective sin and guilt.
“Rev. Moon is contributing to a theologically reactionary mentality whose traditional fixations on anti-Semitism have been repudiated in recent decades by virtually every major Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, and evangelical group and leader,” Rudin said.
The Unification Church has attempted to counter such charges by revising Divine Principle. In an article published in the Journal ...1
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